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bitmap

or bit map

[ bit-map ]
/ ˈbɪtˌmæp /
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noun Computers.
a piece of text, a drawing, etc., represented, as on a computer display, by the activation of certain dots in a rectangular matrix of dots.
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Origin of bitmap

First recorded in 1970–75; bit3 + map

OTHER WORDS FROM bitmap

bitmapped, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bitmap

bitmap
/ (ˈbɪtˌmæp) /

noun computing
a picture created on a visual display unit where each pixel corresponds to one or more bits in memory, the number of bits per pixel determining the number of available colours
verb -maps, -mapping or -mapped
(tr) to create a bitmap of
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Scientific definitions for bitmap

bitmap
[ bĭtmăp′ ]

Computer Science
A set of bits that represents a graphic image. Each bit or group of bits corresponds to a pixel in the image. Optical scanners and fax machines convert text or pictures into bitmaps.
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