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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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I'm nearly 100 so it's natural they should bring new faces through but I shall go on doing bits and pieces as long as I can," he said curtly.
We've also been doing bits and bobs, such as shooting the video and doing interviews, so we've been really busy.
He added: "It was nice to go back recently to see the ground for one last time but these days I live at Grantham where I have a catering business, doing outside shows and doing bits and pieces with property.
The five-year-old looked to be ticking over nicely in what was little more than a half- speed spin on the Al Bahathri Polytrack yesterday morning, and Simon Crisford, racing manager to Godolphin, said: 'He's fine and has been doing bits and pieces of work.
Wes started doing bits of training with the young players last week,''Ferguson said.
He said: "It's quiet in terms of the Westlife stuff, but we're always doing bits and pieces behind the scenes.
It seems as if every sports programme and every newspaper in the country have been doing bits about our situation and I think that makes it hard for them to switch off.
I will still be doing bits and bobs, but it's important to get that balance.
Before the tour I'd been doing bits in little clubs, trying it out, scrapping the bits that don't really work, and that can be really terrifying .
We've been doing bits and bobs of production for other people and had been writing stuff for the new album.
I started doing bits and pieces at weekends and I left Reliance to set up the business in 1984.
I've seen a bit of what it's like playing Test cricket doing bits and pieces of 12th man duties.