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− | Short for binary digit, the smallest unit of information on a machine. The term was first used in 1946 by John Tukey, a leading statistician and adviser to five presidents. A single bit can hold only one of two values: 0 or 1. More meaningful information is obtained by combining consecutive bits into larger units. For example, a byte is composed of 8 consecutive bits. |
+ | Short for binary digit, the smallest unit of [[information]] on a machine. The term was first used in 1946 by John Tukey, a leading statistician and adviser to [[five]] presidents. A single bit can hold only one of two values: '''0 or 1'''. More meaningful information is obtained by combining consecutive bits into larger units. For example, a [[byte]] is composed of 8 consecutive bits. |

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## Revision as of 19:14, 15 April 2005

Short for binary digit, the smallest unit of information on a machine. The term was first used in 1946 by John Tukey, a leading statistician and adviser to five presidents. A single bit can hold only one of two values: **0 or 1**. More meaningful information is obtained by combining consecutive bits into larger units. For example, a byte is composed of 8 consecutive bits.