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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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Joe looked at her in a helpless way; then took a helpless bite, and looked at me again.
You know, Pip," said Joe, solemnly, with his last bite in his cheek and speaking in a confidential voice, as if we two were quite alone, "you and me is always friends, and I'd be the last to tell upon you, any time.
Joe, with his bite still in his cheek, "I Bolted, myself, when I was your age - frequent - and as a boy I've been among a many Bolters; but I never see your Bolting equal yet, Pip, and it's a mercy you ain't Bolted dead.
Dog owners beware - homeowners insurance has become more expensive and more difficult to find as liability claims and jury awards for dog bites skyrocket.
Even though the dogs had fewer chances to bite suspects in the past two years, they have bitten people more often, with 30 bites in 2003, the highest number since 1995.
Most bites are benign, but approximately 10% become significant.
Cheesy Bites Pizza was first introduced in February 2006 and became an instant fan hit.
Dog bites fall under the liability portion of the homeowner policy, which must provide $100,000 to $300,000 for liability.
New Kibbles 'n Bits Brushing Bites provides the same great taste and nutrition as regular Kibbles 'n Bits, but also cleans teeth - so dogs can pucker up for 'Public Displays of Doggie Affection' with fresh, kissable breath," said Rodolfo Spielmann, Vice President of Marketing, Del Monte Foods.
Ideal Bite readers are taking small bites that add up to a big environmental impact -- in a January 2006 survey, more than 1,000 Biters conserved enough energy to power 25 homes for an entire year by recycling the soda cans they used in 2005.
Now, with the introduction of our new Buttered Lobster Bites, customers can enjoy the taste of real langostino lobster at a fast food restaurant, served quickly and at a great price.
The upcoming Pizza Hut Big Game Day ad will have heads boppin', feet stompin' and its new Cheesy Bites Pizza poppin' into mouths across the country.