bit·​map ˈbit-ˌmap How to pronounce bitmap (audio)
: an array of binary data representing a bitmapped image or display
also : a file containing such data
: a bitmapped image or display

Examples of bitmap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chanel’s new Hyper Cybernetic version of its iconic J12 watch makes a bitmap beautiful with 240 brilliant-cut diamonds in a graphic interpretation that plays on the contrast between the gems and the matte black ceramic of the dial, case and bezel. Justin Fenner, Robb Report, 4 Apr. 2023 In the office, also off the dining room, Nuriev’s silvery wallpaper with a bitmap print matches pink stools, pixelated at the edges and evoking the lo-fi quality of classic arcade cabinets, from his recent Video Game collection. Nick Haramis Laurent Kronental, New York Times, 23 Mar. 2023 Like the Arecibo message, researchers created it as a bitmap, which is a way to use binary to create a pixelated image, per Scientific American’s Daniel Oberhaus. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Apr. 2022 None of them were able to understand its contents, and only one figured out that the binary was meant to be a bitmap. Daniel Oberhaus, Scientific American, 30 Mar. 2022 The presence or absence of bitmaps has no visible difference on any 4KiB operation. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, 27 May 2020 The reader would then capture a bitmap image of the print. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 8 Apr. 2020 To find out, the research team put together a synthetic data set, where some points had a slight correlation over time (arranged as a grid, these correlations created a bitmap image of Alan Turing and Albert Einstein). John Timmer, Ars Technica, 26 Oct. 2017 Paint has come a long way since its 1985 Windows debut, when users could draw only in black and white; had only the pencil, brush and a few shape tools to form their creations; and could save files only as bitmaps. Jack Flemming,, 24 July 2017 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'bitmap.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bitmap was in 1980

Dictionary Entries Near bitmap

Cite this Entry

“Bitmap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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