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

Examples of bitmap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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

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First Known Use of bitmap

1980, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

3 Apr 2022

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“Bitmap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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