a bit of a/an

Definition of a bit of a/an

used to make a statement or description less forceful or definite
  • I had a bit of a shock when I saw him.
  • He's a bit of a rascal.

Word by Word Definitions

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

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

  3. : the jaws (see 1jaw 2a) of tongs or pincers

  1. : to put part of a bridle in the mouth of (a horse) : to put a bit (see 1bit 2a) in the mouth of (a horse)

  2. : to control as if with a bit

  3. : to form a bit (see 1bit 4) on (a key)

  1. : a small quantity of food

  2. : a small piece or quantity of some material thing

  3. : a coin of a specified small denomination

  1. : a unit of computer information equivalent to the result of a choice between two alternatives (such 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


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