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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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Back at the cemetery, the worker placed the naked body of binit ukhti, umbilical cord still attached to her belly, on a three-foot square stone slab at the rear of the chamber as carefully as if he were placing her in a bassinet.
IndiGo, India's largest airline by market share, could pick up a combination of regional planes that can seat up to 100 passengers, narrow-body aircraft such as the Airbus A320 that it already operates, and wide-body jets for launching medium- to long-haul services, said Binit Somia, the director of South Asia at industry consultancy CAPA.
Stephen Bienko, who owns two Boston-area franchises of College Hunks Hauling Junk and College Hunks Moving (he covers 15 territories overall) and later this month will be on the other end of franchising, hoping to lease out the franchising rights to his new company, BinIt.