What is bit?

  • (noun): Piece of metal held in horse's mouth by reins and used to control the horse while riding.
    Example: "The horse was not accustomed to a bit"
    See also — Additional definitions below


A bit (a contraction of binary digit) is the basic capacity of information in computing and telecommunications; a bit can have the value of either 1 or 0 (one or zero) only. These attributes may be implemented, in a variety of systems, by means of a two state device.

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Manchester Code - Description
... the original data from the received encoded bit (from Manchester as per 802.3) original data XOR clock = Manchester value 0 ... Summary ... Manchester code always has a transition at the middle of each bit period and may (depending on the information to be transmitted) have a transition at the start of the period also ... The direction of the mid-bit transition indicates the data ...
Bit - Other Information Units
... digit also called a nat or nit and defined as log2 e (≈ 1.443) bits, where e is the base of the natural logarithms and the dit, ban, or hartley, defined as log2 10 (≈ 3.322 ... Conversely, one bit of information corresponds to about ln 2 (≈ 0.693) nats, or log10 2 (≈ 0.301) hartleys ... as an arbitrary information unit equivalent to some fixed but unspecified number of bits ...
... The UNIVAC 1105 had either 8,192 or 12,288 words of 36 bit magnetic core memory, in two or three banks of 4,096 words each ... Fixed-point numbers had a one-bit sign and a 35-bit value, with negative values represented in ones' complement format ... Floating-point numbers had a one-bit sign, an eight-bit characteristic, and a 27-bit mantissa ...
Adobe Flash - 64-bit Support
... Since version 11 of Adobe Flash Player, released October 4, 2011, 64-bit and 32-bit builds for Windows, Mac and Linux have been released in sync ... Previously, Adobe offered experimental 64-bit builds of Flash Player for Linux, from November 11, 2008 to June 15, 2010 ...
Modified AMI Code - Zero Code Suppression
... technique used to ensure a minimum density of marks was zero code suppression a form of bit stuffing, which set the least significant bit of each 8-bit byte transmitted to a 1 ... This bit was already unavailable due to robbed-bit signaling.) This avoided the need to modify the AMI code in any way, but limited available data rates to 56,000 bits per second per DS0 voice ... with the G.703 and ISDN PRI standards which called for 64,000 bits per second, led to this system being superseded by B8ZS ...

More definitions of "bit":

  • (noun): A small fragment.
    Synonyms: snatch
  • (noun): A small amount of solid food; a mouthful.
    Example: "All they had left was a bit of bread"
    Synonyms: morsel, bite
  • (noun): The cutting part of a drill; usually pointed and threaded and is replaceable in a brace or bitstock or drill press.
    Example: "He looked around for the right size bit"
  • (noun): A short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program.
    Synonyms: act, routine, number, turn
  • (noun): An instance of some kind.
    Example: "He had a bit of good luck"
    Synonyms: piece
  • (noun): A unit of measurement of information (from Binary + digIT); the amount of information in a system having two equiprobable states.
    Example: "There are 8 bits in a byte"
  • (noun): An indefinitely short time.
    Example: "In just a bit"
    Synonyms: moment, minute, second
  • (noun): A small fragment of something broken off from the whole.
    Example: "A bit of rock caught him in the eye"
    Synonyms: chip, flake, fleck, scrap
  • (noun): A small quantity.
    Example: "A bit of paper"
    Synonyms: spot

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