bit·​map | \ ˈbit-ˌmap How to pronounce bitmap (audio) \

Definition of bitmap

1 : an array of binary data representing a bitmapped image or display also : a file containing such data
2 : a bitmapped image or display

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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, "Who needs a CPU? Phase change memory acts as an analog computer," 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,, "Microsoft Paint is marked for death," 24 July 2017

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First Known Use of bitmap

1980, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bitmap was in 1980

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English Language Learners Definition of bitmap

computers : an image which is stored as an arrangement of bits that represent each of the small dots that form the image

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one that collects or salvages junk

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