bit rate

variants: or less commonly bit-rate or bitrate \ ˈbit-​ˌrāt How to pronounce bit rate (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 The old WiFi 5 standard supported a much lower bit rate of QAM. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 Lossless audio means mathematically bit-for-bit exact, with no loss of the audio file and, up to now, the necessary bit rate to deliver this over Bluetooth has not been available. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 There’s no optical output provided but the coaxial output has a higher bit rate than an optical connection. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 29 June 2021 Tidal goes one step beyond HiFi to its Master tier, which offers a bit rate of 9,216 kbps, a 192,000 Hz sample rate, and a 24-bit depth. Popular Science, 22 Feb. 2021 Netflix will reduce traffic by reducing bit rates in Europe. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 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, 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, 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, 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bit rate

1968, in the meaning defined above

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“Bit rate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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