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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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30 frames per second), we actually have to send 221,184,000 binary digits per second.
Each string of binary digits, or bits, tells the beam at the back of your TV how bright to make each dot.
It all sounds like the plot of a (mediocre) science fiction novel: strange beings with names like the Cancelbunny, an 144108, XS4ALL, and Scamizdat, fighting on a battleground with no fixed location any where on earth, using strings of binary digits as their weapons.
A microphone picks up the individual's speech that is in analog or wave form, and the speech waves are broken down into patterns of binary digits by a digital signal processor to represent the vocal sounds of human speech.
Instead of being transmitted "raw", the signal is turned into a series of ones and zeros - binary digits or bits for short, before being broadcast.