bitwise operator

An operator that manipulates individual bits. The operators that most people are familiar with, such as the addition operator (+), work with bytes or groups of bytes. Occasionally, however, programmers need to manipulate the bits within a byte. The C programming language supports the following bitwise operators:

>> Shifts bits right
<< Shifts bits left & Does an AND compare on two groups of bits | Does an OR compare on two groups of bits ^ Does an XOR compare on two groups of bits ~ Complements a group of bits Not all programming languages support bitwise operators.

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