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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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The warring duo, who have been locked in a bitted battle of words since they parted ways in May, had until then purportedly kept contact only through lawyers and assistants.
Sharp's Notevision XG-C60X is bitted as a projector for the classroom and conference room, carrying a list price of $6,195 and delivering 3500 ANSI lumens of brightness.
"The original Medeco cylinder uses conventional pin chambers and milled keys bitted on their top edges that position the pins to shear at the key barrel periphery in the usual manner," Sussina said.