bitness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

bit +‎ -ness

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Noun[edit]

bitness (usually uncountable, plural bitnesses)

  1. (computing) The architecture of a computer system or program in terms of how many bits compose the basic values it can deal with.
    • 1995, InfoWorld (volume 17, number 30, August 1995)
      Execute an API or DLL call of the wrong bitness from within any of these programs and the result is an unrecoverable run-time error.
    • 1995, Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft office 95 data access reference
      Thunking allows parameters to be pushed correctly on the stack, enables a DLL of a different bitness to load in your process, and converts memory addresses...
    • 1997, Stan Mitchell, Inside the Windows 95 file system
      Since both user mode and kernel mode have the same "bitness," 16-bit and 32-bit stacks do not need to be distinguished.
    • 1998, Chris Sells, Windows telephony programming: a developer's guide to TAPI
      Table 7.1 summarizes the bitness requirements for TSPs under the various versions of TAPI and Windows.

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