bit rate

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

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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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