= H =
high bit n.
[from `high-order bit'] 1. The most
significant bit in a byte. 2. [common] By extension, the most
significant part of something other than a data byte: "Spare me
the whole saga, just give me the high bit." See also
meta bit, hobbit, dread high-bit disease, and
compare the mainstream slang `bottom line'.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.