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bit

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noun \ˈbit\

Definition of bit

  1. 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. 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. 3 :  something that curbs or restrains

  4. 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

Rhymes with bit


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bit

verb

Definition of bit

bit·tedbit·ting

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

  3. 2 :  to form a bit on (a key)



1583

First Known Use of bit

1583

Other Equestrian Terms


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bit

noun

Definition of bit

  1. 1 :  a small quantity of food; especially :  a small delicacy

  2. 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. 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. 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
  1. :  somewhat, rather <the play was a bit dull>

a bit much
  1. :  a little more than one wants to endure <finds his constant joking a bit much>

bit by bit
  1. :  by degrees :  little by little <getting better bit by bit>

to bits
  1. :  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


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bit

noun

Definition of bit

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

  2. 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




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