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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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Next year we may have to look at a tipping fee increase if we don't see an increase back in these recycling materials prices," Bitting said.
It also allows us to take on social enterprises that are also nonprofits," Bitting says, Indeed, MassChallenge takes no equity in or places other restrictions on its residents.
Carver received a similar letter the same week from Bitting praising Carver's "brave true words" and assured him that the battle between the "intelligent and ignorant hearts" of the denomination would one day end.
The Minister wants to see pheasant rearing in action for himself in order to understand techniques such as bitting, brailling and the use of specs.
Tulsa County Special Judge Terry Bitting found sufficient evidence to require Espinoza to lace trial and said Doud should be allowed to file additional charges.
William Bitting, chairman of San Antonio-based Pabst, could not immediately be reached for comment.
Ensure you receive a copy of the keying schedule, as well as a "bitting list" that identifies the openings, their key symbol, and the bitting of the cylinders.
The fog had a sharp, bitting smell, "like when you strike a match," Spencer recalls.
Though pumpkin seeds are tasty, Loy says, getting to them requires cutting or bitting off the tough protective hull that encases them.
To satisfy security and the need to provide sufficient numbers of key bitting permutations (differing), Bramah used six sheet-metal fingers or axial sliders arranged in a circular configuration, which were engaged by a small-diameter pipe key.
With the bitting code, a person can have a key cut.