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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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2) (Because they can travel in luggage, their bites may be seen in other parts of the world, as well.
The Cheesy Bites Pizza is designed to give customers the experience of pulling and popping the irresistible cheese-filled bites into their mouths before digging into the pizza slices.
Last year, insurance companies industrywide paid out $310 million in dog bite claims, up from $295 million in 2000, said Omar Morales, spokesman for the nonprofit Insurance Information Network of California.
Kibbles 'n Bits Brushing Bites is facilitating pooch smooching by helping to create an emotional bond for pet parents and their four-legged family members through great taste and fresh breath.
The creation of specialty insurance policies just for dog bites is not expected any time soon because such policies would be cost prohibitive.
Ideal Bite plans to launch several new informational series this year, including a spotlight on Celebrity Biters.
That's why you'll find an exciting product like Buttered Lobster Bites only at Long John Silver's, while the 'seafood pretenders' serve up their generic fish sandwiches for Lent.
Twenty-eight cheese-filled bites form the perimeter of the large Cheese Bites Pizza to give customers pullable, poppable, cheese bites that add a new dimension of flavor and fun to what is already a finger-food favorite.
Wrapped in dough and lightly seasoned on the outside with garlic butter flavor before being baked to a golden brown, the cheese bites are connected to surround the pizza and take the place of a traditional crust edge.
In addition to the do-it-yourself capabilities of the ICR, DataBites houses Bite Central, a large user created exchange of defined DataBites culled from the Internet's most entertaining and informative sites.
Sound Bites took the confection industry by storm since it's launch in 1998.