bit
  • noun the smallest single unit in binary notation, either a 0 or a 1
  • Acronym for binary digit. The smallest unit of information a digital computer can handle. A bit may have a value of 0 or 1, and eight consecutive bits form one byte. Bits are also used to indicate capacity or speed. For instance, a 256-bit CPU which can simultaneously processes 256 bits at a time, or a communications connection speed of 10 Gbps. its abbreviation is b. Also called storage cell (2).
  • synonym binary digit

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