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bit

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noun \ˈbit\

Definition of bit

  1. 1a (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 put a new bit in the drill used a 1/4 inch bit to make the holeb bits plural :  the jaws (see 1jaw 2b) 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 horseb :  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 (see tumbler 3a)

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Origin and Etymology of bit

Middle English bitt, from Old English bite act of biting; akin to Old English bītan bite


First Known Use: 14th century


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bit

verb

Definition of bit

bitted

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bitting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  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)b :  to control as if with a bit

  3. 2 :  to form a bit (see 1bit 4) on (a key)

Origin and Etymology of bit

see 1bit


First Known Use: 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. 2a :  a small piece or quantity of some material thing broken bits of glass picking bits of lint off her sweaterb (1) British :  a coin of a specified small denomination a threepenny bit (2) :  a unit of value equal to 18 of a U.S. dollar (12 12 cents) —used only of even multiples four bits No coin was every issued in this amount. — see also two bits 1

  3. 3 :  something small or unimportant of its kind: such asa :  a brief period :  while wait a bit longerb :  an indefinite usually small degree, extent, or amount a bit of a rascal every bit as powerful a bit too sweetc theater (1) :  a small part usually with spoken lines in a theatrical performance a bit part bit players (2) :  a usually short theatrical routine a corny comedy bit

  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 and Etymology 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. computers

  2. 1 :  a unit of computer information equivalent to the result of a choice between two alternatives (as yes or no, on or off)

  3. 2 :  the physical representation of a bit by an electrical pulse, a magnetized spot, or a hole whose presence or absence indicates data

Origin and Etymology of bit

binary digit


First Known Use: 1948

Other Computer-Related Terms


BIT Defined for Kids

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bit

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noun \ˈbit\

Definition of bit for Students

  1. 1 :  a small piece or quantity a bit of food

  2. 2 :  a short time Rest a bit.

a bit

  1. :  1somewhat a bit of a fool

bit by bit

  1. :  by small steps or amounts :  gradually Bit by bit, the truth came out.


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bit

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Definition of bit for Students

  1. 1 :  a part of a bridle that is put in the horse's mouth

  2. 2 :  the cutting or boring edge or part of a tool


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bit

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Definition of bit for Students

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



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