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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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Defoe has largely been a bit-part player ever since he bit part of Mascherano.
RTE have been left with a serious dearth of female talent while Grainne has been left playing a bit part, washing down elephants and Irish dancing around a sweaty London studio.
Miss Davies, who also had a bit part in Coronation Street but has not acted since, still has shards in her left eye after the attack on March 27, 2010.
Canadian Gillian, voted the world's sexiest woman, left her husband for Hughes, 32, after meeting him when he won a bit part in the cult show.
O'Donovan (above) was in no mood to hog the glory, and said: "I know I'll get the headlines, but I thought I was a bit part player.
The former Leeds bit-part player turned Hollywood bit-part player, who once almost bit part of a bloke's nose off, used to frequent dog tracks when he owned several greyhounds.
Prosecutor Andrew Crawford said it was then Mulligan bit part of Mr Harper's ear off.