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  • n. The supposed place where bits go when they fall of the end of a register during a shift operation; the great Recycle Bin in the sky; used to describe lost or missing information


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  • Originally, the bit bucket was the container on teletype machines or IBM key punch machines into which chad from the paper tape punch or card punch was deposited; the formal name is "chad box" or (at IBM) "chip box".

    September 27, 2008