from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Sorry, no example sentences found.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • 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