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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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My father started selling a bit of stuff here when I was a lad in 1927.
That hasn't always been the case, and, although Nolan fondly describes him as a "tough bit of stuff," Accordion Etoile hadn't scoped perfectly before his Cheltenham win in November.
Move over Tom Jones - Channel Four presenter Steve is fast becoming Wales' hottest bit of stuff.
We sell quite a bit of stuff in euros,' Mr Cooke said.
We already have quite a bit of stuff," said Cris Embleton of Valencia, who serves as California director for Healing the Children.
I've read a little bit of stuff over the last while about the burden of captaincy allowing me to think about my game - but I'd like to think that in 10 years of the captaincy, I've played a few good games.
I have a two-year-old and an eight-month-old, so I have quite a bit of stuff, including loads of clothes.
It's great to go home, switch off and go on the internet to do a bit of stuff and check out the charts.
Rejecting the boy with a tray of poppies to go and buy one from the bit of stuff over the other side.
Nolan said: ``The horse is a tough bit of stuff but it was John's decision to drop him back in trip.
But she did do a bit of stuff in that musical Hair, if you remember it.