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1bit

noun \ˈbit\

Definition of BIT

1
a (1) :  the biting or cutting edge or part of a tool (2) :  a replaceable part of a compound tool that actually performs the function (as drilling or boring) for which the whole tool is designed
b plural :  the jaws of tongs or pincers
2
:  something bitten or held with the teeth:
a :  the usually steel part of a bridle inserted in the mouth of a horse
b :  the rimmed mouth end on the stem of a pipe or cigar holder
3
:  something that curbs or restrains
4
:  the part of a key that enters the lock and acts on the bolt and tumblers

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Origin of BIT

Middle English bitt, from Old English bite act of biting; akin to Old English bītan bite
First Known Use: 14th century

2bit

verb
bit·tedbit·ting

Definition of BIT

transitive verb
1
a :  to put a bit in the mouth of (a horse)
b :  to control as if with a bit
2
:  to form a bit on (a key)

First Known Use of BIT

1583

Other Equestrian Terms

canter, cantle, curry, farrier, hunter, paddock, router, skirt, tack

3bit

noun

Definition of BIT

1
:  a small quantity of food; especially :  a small delicacy
2
a :  a small piece or quantity of some material thing
b (1) :  a small coin
(2) :  a unit of value equal to 18 of a dollar
3
:  something small or unimportant of its kind: as
a :  a brief period :  while <wait a bit longer>
b :  an indefinite usually small degree, extent, or amount <a bit of a rascal> <every bit as powerful>
c (1) :  a small part usually with spoken lines in a theatrical performance
(2) :  a usually short theatrical routine
4
:  the aggregate of items, situations, or activities appropriate to a given style, genre, or role <rejected the whole bit about love-marriage-motherhood — Vance Packard>
a bit
:  somewhat, rather <the play was a bit dull>
a bit much
:  a little more than one wants to endure <finds his constant joking a bit much>
bit by bit
:  by degrees :  little by little <getting better bit by bit>
to bits
:  totally, thoroughly <thrilled to bits>

Origin of BIT

Middle English, from Old English bita; akin to Old English bītan bite
First Known Use: before 12th century

4bit

noun

Definition of BIT

1
:  a unit of computer information equivalent to the result of a choice between two alternatives (as yes or no, on or off)
2
:  the physical representation of a bit by an electrical pulse, a magnetized spot, or a hole whose presence or absence indicates data

Origin of BIT

binary digit
First Known Use: 1948

Other Computer-Related Terms

adware, flash, kludge, phishing, recursive, router
BIT Defined for Kids

1bit

noun \ˈbit\

Definition of BIT for Kids

1
:  a small piece or quantity <a bit of food>
2
:  a short time <Rest a bit.>
a bit
:  1somewhat <a bit of a fool>
bit by bit
:  by small steps or amounts :  gradually <Bit by bit, the truth came out.>

2bit

noun

Definition of BIT for Kids

1
:  a part of a bridle that is put in the horse's mouth
2
:  the cutting or boring edge or part of a tool

3bit

noun

Definition of BIT for Kids

:  a unit of computer information that represents the selection of one of two possible choices (as on or off)
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