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Common Data Storage Terms

There are various names used to refer to various groupings of bits of data. Most people know that 8 bits is a byte, but there are many other terms in universal use. These are not always totally universal, but they are the most common definitions to my knowledge:


Number of Bits

bit / digit / flag


nibble / nybble


byte / character




double word / long word


very long word


Next: Powers of Two With Common Designations

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