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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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Extract from Dolphy Saves the Planet Bit by Bit by Amy Jones "It was easy for the dolphins to decide who would lead the gang.
He seems to be doing all the work, singing Irving Berlin's "Isn't It a Lovely Day to Be Caught in the Rain." But as she listens, you see her resistance melting away bit by bit. Fred needs words and music and motion to express his deepest feelings.
In Turkey what sometimes seems like chaos is in fact momentum towards the deconstruction of many systems, ways and values that have been taken for granted for long enough--and, bit by bit, the reconstruction of new ones.
I am grumpy because I am really, really sick of dishonest, self-dealing, mealy mouthed politicians and their hangers on who are slowly bit by bit bringing this country down.
Bit by bit, toy-box illustration by comic-book cover by metallic dress by modular house, Topham offers us the now-obsolete material evidence of anticipation, the stuff Space Child would have eventually unloaded at a garage sale before moving into an assisted-living facility.
Bit by bit we have been taught by television to accept foul language, violence, constant confrontation, and disrespect.
I stayed in for 23 years and learned bit by bit that things weren't simple as that."
Aminta's famous unfolding of how he fell in love -- "A poco a poco nacque nel mio petto, / non so da qual radice, / com'erba suol che per se stessa germini, / un incognito affetto / che mi fea desiare d'essere sempre presente / a la mia bella Silvia" (1.2.87-93) -- is captured with a similarly alliterative and felicitous opening line and then sustained by parallel grammatical construction in the English translation: "And bit by bit was born within my breast, / I don't know from what root, / as grass may seem to germinate itself, / a strange affection that / made me desire to be / forever present where / my lovely Silvia was."
Data is measured bit by bit so signal anomalies smaller than 400 ps can be discovered.
Bit by bit, the world, including other churches, has abandoned much of this morality; the Church continues to teach it, even when some of her own priests scandalously violate it.
We had built a global order without quite realizing it, bit by bit, era by era, with our usual schizoid approach: alternating engagement and withdrawal....Like it or not - and clearly large numbers of Americans still don't - we Americans are now part of an organic whole with the world that George Washington wanted to keep distant.
Bit by bit, lawyers--and their clients--are getting online in Latin America.