bit rate

noun

variants or less commonly bit-rate or bitrate
: 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 Two people talking in front of a plain white wall were encoded with lower bit rates than the same two people taking part in a car chase; Barbie hanging out with her friends at home required less data than the scene in which Mr. Sparklesuit shows up. Janko Roettgers, The Verge, 22 June 2024 Traveling at the speed of light, the video signal took 101 seconds to reach Earth, sent at the system’s maximum bit rate of 267 megabits per second, NASA said. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 30 Dec. 2023 The graphics illustrate several features from the tech demo, such as Psyche’s orbital path, Palomar’s telescope dome, and technical information about the laser and its data bit rate. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 30 Dec. 2023 That paper set the record with a maximum bit rate of 6.18 bits per second with human participants. IEEE Spectrum, 6 July 2021 As its name suggests, VVC is meant to be versatile, supporting applications such as gaming and adaptive streaming, a technique that adapts bit rate and video resolution to network conditions. IEEE Spectrum, 5 Feb. 2020 It’s meant to be much more efficient, allowing higher audio quality at the same bit rate or slightly better audio at under half the bit rate, which turns into longer battery life. David Phelan, Forbes, 25 Aug. 2022 The apt X Adaptive codec is incredibly versatile and can vary its bit rate on the fly, automatically stepping down for movie and gaming use to provide ultra-low-latency sound. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Adaptive codec which can dynamically adjust the bit rate of the digital signal depending on the wireless conditions. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bit rate was in 1968

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“Bit rate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bit%20rate. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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