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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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Watching a video of the Brocklesby, I make Mirror Lad the fifth-last horse to come off the bridle.
WILLIE Mullins strengthened his grip on the Triumph Hurdle betting when Quatre Heures (4-9) won the Group Hospitality At Fairy house Hurdle without coming off the bridle.
She came from off the pace to beat Red Imp by a length and her trainer said: "She was off the bridle a long way out but she's really tough.
Partnered by Graham Bradley, the six-year-old could not have been more impressive in beating Laurel Seeker by two lengths without coming off the bridle.
16 on Betfair, as this time he was asked to come off the bridle and the response was negligible, which allowed the hard-ridden Keep In Line to worry him out of it in the final furlong.
First off the bridle, as soon as Robert Winston pulled him into the middle of the track he picked up in style to deny the prolific Tillietudlem another win by a length and a quarter.
The 4-5 favourite cruised alongside Irish raider Galteemountain Boy in the home straight and quickened away to a 15-length success over his rival without coming off the bridle.
ROYAL COMPOSER - a juvenile to be on next time following his third of six behind Tora Petcha at York, where his inexperience - continually coming on and off the bridle - clearly cost Tim Easterby's colt
Blade had his task made easier when favourite Hesk came down early but he was never off the bridle to gain a seven-length win over Asparagus.