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color depth
Last modified: Thursday, August 24, 2006 

(n.) The number of distinct colors that can be represented by a piece of hardware or software. Color depth is sometimes referred to as bit depth because it is directly related to the number of bits used for each pixel. A 24-bit video adapter, for example, has a color depth of 2 to the 24th power (about 16.7 million) colors. One would say that its color depth is 24 bits.

Color depth is also referred to as bits per pixel (bpp).

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