bit rate

noun
variants: or less commonly bit-rate or bitrate play \ˈbit-ˌrāt\

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

Recent Examples of bit rate from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bit rate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of bit rate

1968


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up bit rate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

nourishment or food and drink

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a-citrus-fruit-possibly-named-after-a-person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!