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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 actually interested in what a bit of fluff and a bit of twig put in a particular order can mean," says Rebecca.
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let "So being frightened of a bit of fluff does sound a little bit unusual to say the least and it must be a real temptation to reprimand her for being so silly.
The queen of the flirty put down, she's not just a bit of fluff, but James' intellectual equal, and it's this that has kept his interest for so many movies.
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