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bits: pl.n.

1. Information. Examples: “I need some bits about file formats.” (“I need to know about file formats.”) Compare core dump, sense 4.

2. Machine-readable representation of a document, specifically as contrasted with paper: “I have only a photocopy of the Jargon File; does anyone know where I can get the bits?”. See softcopy, source of all good bits See also bit.