bit rate

noun
variants: or less commonly bit-rate or bitrate \ ˈbit-​ˌrāt How to pronounce bitrate (audio) \

Definition of bit rate

: a measure of the speed of data processing usually calculated as the number of bits per second MP3 measures compression settings in terms of a file's bit rate—the average number of bits required for one second of sound.— Jim Heid

Examples of bit rate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Netflix will reduce traffic by reducing bit rates in Europe. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "The global markets climb even as the coronavirus death rate soars," 20 Mar. 2020 Netflix is reducing the bit rate on video streams, but not the resolution, for the next 30 days in the EU and UK, the BBC reported. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Netflix, YouTube cut video quality in Europe after pressure from EU official," 20 Mar. 2020 Many of us have already experienced death-by-buffering during peak hours of 7 p.m. onward, and YouTube and Netflix have already dropped their bit rates meaning your spankin’ new 4k TV might not show its stuff. Matt Bean, Sunset Magazine, "Sunset Cinemas: The Best Western-Themed Documentaries," 20 Mar. 2020 But when the researchers took their final step—multiplying this rate by the bit rate to find out how much information moved per second—they were shocked by the consistency of their results. Catherine Matacic, Science | AAAS, "Human speech may have a universal transmission rate: 39 bits per second," 4 Sep. 2019 But the bit rate of the Chinese experiment was too low for practical communications: the researchers detected only one entangled pair out of six million. Neil Savage, Scientific American, "What Are the Limits of Manipulating Nature?," 8 May 2018 The HD1s should sound even better when used with devices that support AptX, which can stream your music at higher bit rates than normal Bluetooth. Brendan Nystedt, WIRED, "Review: Sennheiser HD1 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones," 30 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of bit rate

1968, in the meaning defined above

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“Bit rate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bit%20rate. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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