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bit stream[′bit ‚strēm]
A consecutive line of bits transmitted over a circuit in a transmission method in which character separation is accomplished by the terminal equipment.
A binary signal without regard to grouping by character.
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bitstream(1) A DVD/Blu-ray mode (see Bitstream mode).
(2) A series of bits. A bitstream typically refers to the transmission of data but may refer to that same set of data in memory or in storage. A bitstream may be structured in any number of formats, but the term is used at the hardware level when referring to the actual flow of data.
Bytestreams and Octet Streams
A stream of bytes, also called "octets," is a "bytestream" or "octet stream." See byte and octet.
An "application/octet stream" refers to bytes flowing over the Internet.
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