\ ˈbit-ˌwīz \

Definition of bit-wise

of a saddle horse
1 : responsive to pressure on the bit (see bit entry 1 sense 2b)
2 usually bitwise \ ˈbit-​ˌwīz \, computers : occurring at the level of individual bits or groups of bits (see bit entry 7 sense 2) Microsoft had planned to change the behavior of the words to function only as logical operators, and it planned to add new operators for bitwise operations.— Carol Sliwa, Computerworld, 9 Apr. 2001 It speeds up parity-bit generation and parity checking by performing bit-wise XOR operations on as many as 16 simultaneous data-streams.— Tom R. Halfhill, IAC (SM) Newsletter Database, 25 Oct. 2004

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First Known Use of bit-wise

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bit-wise

bit entry 1 + -wise

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“Bit-wise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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