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Bit

The smallest unit of information a computer can hold in its memory. A bit is always represented as a 0 or a 1 in binary code. The word is a contraction of "binary digit."

bit

a digit which takes the value zero or one and which can therefore be represented electronically by an off/on switch in a COMPUTER. Computers use groups of bits to represent numbers or letters for storage, transmission and processing of numerical or alphabetical data. Specifically, computers use various off/on permutations of eight bits to represent all numbers, letters and punctuation characters. Most computers use multiples of eight bits to handle data in this way and various eight-bit, sixteen-bit and thirty-two bit machines are available, the larger ones generally being able to process data faster.
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But he wanted to show her that he was grateful, and the only mode that occurred to him was to offer Aaron a bit more cake.
And so I wish you good-bye, Master Marner; and if you ever feel anyways bad in your inside, as you can't fend for yourself, I'll come and clean up for you, and get you a bit o' victual, and willing.
He says there ain't a bit of the original boot left, and he wonders you expect it.
Nay, Mother, thank thee; thee't very good," said Seth, gratefully; and encouraged by this touch of tenderness, he went on: "Let me pray a bit with thee for Father, and Adam, and all of us--it'll comfort thee, happen, more than thee thinkst.
She set the dish down rather timidly on the bench by Adam's side and said, "Thee canst pick a bit while thee't workin'.
They'll poke up a bit higher here, an' push out a spike more there, an' uncurl a leaf this day an' another that.
Harris and Jackson Bird had been recovering from Achilles and back injuries and were under careful management plan but with the Australia A's final tour game have emerged unscathed although a bit sore.
Sometimes, though, sticky sitches might get you a bit flustered and second-guessing yourself.
However, the experiment convinced him that they could handle grammar a bit beyond the basic stringing together of sounds.
A bit of foreshadowing started things: Dellucci led off the Rangers' first inning with a home run.