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Computing (FOLDOC) dictionary
16 bit
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architecture, programming Using words containing sixteen
bits. This adjective often refers to the number of bits
used internally by a computer's CPU. E.g. "The Intel 8086
is a sixteen bit processor". Its external data bus or
address bus may be narrower. The term may also refer to the
size of an instruction in the computer's instruction set or
to any other item of data.