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binarydigit
binary digit
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noun
Mathematics, Computers.
1.
either of the digits 0 or 1 when used in the binary number system.
2.
bit
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def 1
)
.
Origin:
1945–50
Dictionary.com Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
binary digit
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n
See also
bit
either of the two digits 0 or 1, used in binary notation
Collins English Dictionary  Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
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American Heritage
Science Dictionary
binary digit
Either of the digits 0 or 1, used in the binary number system. See more at
bit
.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
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