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The BITNOT function returns the bitwise negation of an integer specified by any numeric expression.

BITNOT(expression ,bit#)


bit# is an expression that evaluates to the number of the bit to invert. If bit# is unspecified, BITNOT inverts each bit. It changes each bit of 1 to a bit of 0 and each bit of 0 to a bit of 1. This is equivalent to returning a value equal to the following: (expression)1

If expression evaluates to the null value, null is returned. If bit# evaluates to the null value, the BITNOT function fails and the program terminates with a run-time error message.

Non integer values are truncated before the operation is performed.

The BITNOT operation is performed on a 32-bit twos-complement word.


Differences in hardware architecture can make the use of the high-order bit non portable.

An example of use is as: 


to output:
7 14 13 11

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