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32-bit, in computer systems, refers to the number of bits that can be transmitted or processed in parallel. In other words, 32-bits the number of bits that compose a data element.
32-bit often refers to the state at which data is stored, read, and processed. When related to operating systems and processors, this really means how many 1’s and 0’s are being used to represent your data. The more bits that the system can process, the more data that it can handle at once.