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  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
    A  bitwise  operator  treats  its  operands  as  a 
  {vector}  of  {bit}s  rather  than  a  single  number.  {Boolean} 
  bitwise  operators  combine  bit  N  of  each  operand  using  a 
  {Boolean}  function  ({NOT},  {AND},  {OR},  {XOR})  to  produce  bit 
  N  of  the  result. 
  For  example,  a  bitwise  AND  operator  ("&"  in  {C})  would 
  evaluate  13  &  9  as  (binary)  1101  &  1001  =  1001  =  9,  whereas, 
  the  logical  AND  ({C}  "&&")  would  evaluate  13  &&  9  as  TRUE  && 
  TRUE  =  TRUE  =  1. 
  In  some  languages,  e.g.  {Acorn}'s  {BASIC  V},  the  same  operators 
  are  used  for  both  bitwise  and  logical  operations.  This 
  usually  works  except  when  applying  NOT  to  a  value  x  which  is 
  neither  0  (false)  nor  -1  (true),  in  which  case  both  x  and  (NOT 
  x)  will  be  non-zero  and  thus  treated  as  TRUE. 
  Other  operations  at  the  bit  level,  which  are  not  normally 
  described  as  bitwise"  include  shift  and  rotate.