bit rate

noun
variants: or less commonly bit-rate or bitrate \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

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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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1968, in the meaning defined above

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