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bit field

bit field in Technology

Part of an item of data, storage location or message, identified as a certain number of contiguous bits starting at a certain bit position within the data. Bit position zero is usually the least significant bit.
For example, in an ARM machine code instruction the four-bit field at bits 28 to 31 (the four most significant bits in the 32-bit word) is the "condition code".

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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