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a bit

Definition of a bit

  1. 1 :  a little :  somewhat :  slightly <I let it bother me a bit.> <His house is down the street a bit further.> <There's a bit too much sugar in the dessert, which makes it a bit too sweet.> <I'm feeling a bit better today.>

  2. 2 :  a small amount or quantity :  a little of something <They don't understand much—but they do understand a bit.> <“How much cake is left?” “Only a (very little) bit.”> —often + of <They understand only a bit of what is going on.> <His mind's already made up. It won't do you a bit of good to argue.>

  3. 3 :  a short period of time :  a while <Let's wait a (little/wee) bit longer.> <He left but came back after a bit.>

  4. 4 :  for a short period of time <Please stay here with me a bit.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the biting or cutting edge or part of a tool

    :  a replaceable part of a compound tool that actually performs the function (as drilling or boring) for which the whole tool is designed

    :  the jaws of tongs or pincers

  1. :  to put a bit in the mouth of (a horse)

    :  to control as if with a bit

    :  to form a bit on (a key)

  1. :  a small quantity of food

    :  a small delicacy

    :  a small piece or quantity of some material thing

  1. :  a unit of computer information equivalent to the result of a choice between two alternatives (as yes or no, on or off)

    :  the physical representation of a bit by an electrical pulse, a magnetized spot, or a hole whose presence or absence indicates data

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