Most Significant Bit

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most significant bit

[′mōst sig′nif·i·gənt ′bit]
(computer science)
The left-most bit in a word. Abbreviated msb.

Most Significant Bit

(MSB) Bit n-1 in an n bit binary number, the bit with the greatest weight (2^(n-1)). The first or leftmost bit when the number is written in the usual way.
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Caption: The new (fore) and old (aft) version of the Polish MSBS rifle in conventional configuration; the most apparent difference is the extended handguard of the latest model.
Caption: The left-opening grenade launcher of the MSBS rifle system; to fit it to the weapon a shorter handguard has to be used.
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We have completed the integration of the administration and back-office functions of MSBS and are making progress in product upgrades and the technological integration of the business intelligence functions.
We are hard at work to integrate the MSBS acquisition, and that effort is progressing as planned.
45 million in a combination of cash, eighteen month notes and equity for MSBS.
The acquisition of MSBS represents an additional pillar of the Company's broader growth strategy as it looks to expand its customer base by offering additional leading-edge capabilities.
This acquisition presents an excellent opportunity for MSBS to move to the next level as we join the Cover-All family," said Seth Rachlin, CEO of MSBS.