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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 key to interpreting twoyear-old sprint maidens is to look for the sequence in which horses come off the bridle.
The y160,000 euros purchase was soon off the bridle in the seven-furlong test and even with two furlongs to run, it did not seem likely he would be in the money.
The Ferdy Merphy-trained Supreme Builder barely came off the bridle when scoring on his handicap debut at Carlisle and an 8lb rise is unlikely to stop him following up in the Kit Patterson Memorial "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle.
Andrew Turnell's five-year-old does not always find as much as his supporters would like off the bridle - but he may not come off it at all if repeating his recent second in a hot event at Ascot.
If he comes off the bridle too soon, the rider may need some oxygen!'
In the juvenile hurdle at Market Rasen, 50-1 shot Heaven Scent was one of the first off the bridle, but she stayed on much the best to win a shade readily after PS38 was traded at 1,000 on Ann Duffield's filly on the final circuit.
"He's a big, green and laid-back kind of a horse, so he finds plenty off the bridle."
MINGUN BELL (H Cecil) Barely came off the bridle to pulverise a decent field at Southwell on Tuesday and it will be no surprise to see this colt make swift progress.
Backed in to 14-1 from his opening show of 33s, the son of Tillerman was slowly away but travelled well and was last off the bridle charging up the hill.
Stepped up in class at Leopardstown last month, he didn't come off the bridle in beating today's rivals Breathing Fire and First Row.