A CDE Definition
(1) A series of bits. It typically refers to the transmission of data but may refer to that same set of data in memory or in storage. A bitstream may be structured in any number of formats, but the term is used at the hardware level when referring to the actual flow of data or a block of data in storage.
Bytestreams and Octet Streams
A stream of bytes, also called "octets," is a "bytestream" or "octet stream" and is naturally also a bitstream because bytes are made of eight bits.
An "application/octet stream" refers to bytes flowing over the Internet. See byte and octet.
(2) An audio mode on DVD and Blu-ray players. See Bitstream mode.
Before/After Your Search Term
|bit padding||bit stuffing|
|bit parallel||bit time|
|bit pattern||Bit Torrent|
|bit plane||bit transfer rate|
|bit rate||bit twiddler|
|bit rot||bit twiddling|
|bit serial||Bit Valley|
|bit slice processor||bit wise|
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