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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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Left with little money and few acting prospects because he felt he had been typecast as Kirk, he took bit parts and even did party appearances until his career turned around.
The 51-year-old, who also had roles in City Lights and Hamish Macbeth and a bit part in the film Gangs of New York, was convicted on three drink-drive charges as well as driving while disqualified and without a licence or insurance at Glasgow district court.
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One then bit part of one of his ears off before the gang fled.
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