- The definition of bit is a word often used to describe time or amount, part of a horse's bridle or the cutting part of a tool.
- An example of a bit is the amount of time you walk when you take a very short walk.
- An example of a bit is the part of the bridle that goes in the horse's mouth.
- An example of a bit is the tool part which is inserted into a drill in order to make a hole.
A horse bit.
bit definition by Webster's New World
- the part of a bridle that goes into a horse's mouth, used to control the horse
- anything that curbs or controls
- the part of a pipestem held in the mouth
- the part of a key that actually turns the lock
- the cutting part of any tool, as the blade of a plane
- a drilling or boring tool for use in a brace, drill press, etc.
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English bite, a bite ; from bītan, bite
- a small piece or quantity
- a small extent or limited degree: often used with a and having adverbial force: a bit bored
- a short time; moment: wait a bit
Origin: orig. used of a small silver coin worth of the Spanish peso (hence, normally 12 cents)Informal an amount equal to 12 cents: now usually in two bits, four bits, etc.
- a small part or short performance in a play or entertainment
- Informal any stereotyped or repeated action, expression, etc.: resorting to the aggrieved bit
Origin: Middle English bite ; from Old English bita, a piece, morsel, bit ; from bitan, to bite
- a single digit in a binary number system
- a unit of information equal to the amount of information obtained by learning which of two equally likely events occurred
Origin: b(inary) (dig)it
bit definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A small portion, degree, or amount: a bit of lint; a bit of luck.
- A brief amount of time; a moment: Wait a bit.
- a. A short scene or episode in a theatrical performance.b. A bit part.
- An entertainment routine given regularly by a performer; an act.
- Informal a. A particular kind of action, situation, or behavior: got tired of the macho bit.b. A matter being considered: What's this bit about inflation?
- Informal An amount equal to one eighth of a dollar: two bits.
- Chiefly British A small coin: a threepenny bit.
Origin: Middle English bite, morsel, from Old English bita; see bheid- in Indo-European roots.
- The sharp part of a tool, such as the cutting edge of a knife or ax.
- A pointed and threaded tool for drilling and boring that is secured in a brace, bitstock, or drill press.
- The part of a key that enters the lock and engages the bolt and tumblers.
- The tip of the mouthpiece on a pipe or a cigarette or cigar holder.
- The metal mouthpiece of a bridle, serving to control, curb, and direct an animal.
- Something that controls, guides, or curbs.
- To place a bit in the mouth of (a horse, for example).
- To check or control with or as if with a bit.
- To make or grind a bit on (a key).
Origin: Middle English bite, from Old English, act of biting; see bheid- in Indo-European roots.
left to right: pilot, twist, and spade bits
noun Computer Science
Origin: Blend of b(inary) and (dig)it.
bit - Business Definition
bit - Computer Definition
- A small piece or quantity.
- A contraction of the term binary digit, a bit is an individual 1 or 0 in a binary numeration system, a base 2 numbering system. So, a bit is the smallest unit of digital data.The word first appeared in print in 1948 in a paper written by Claude Shannon, who credited John Tukey, an early computer scientist at Bell Telephone Laboratories with coining the term in 1947. Tukey later wrote that the term evolved as an alternative to bigit or binit. See also binary and bit rate.
- In coinage, originally a small silver coin worth one-eighth ( 1 / 8 ) of a Spanish peso. Later, a small British coin, a threepenny bit. Now commonly used to mean one-eighth ( 1 / 8 ) of a U.S. dollar, or twelve and a half (12 1 / 2 cents), usually in the phrases two bits ( 1 / 4 of a dollar, or 25 cents), four bits ( 1 / 2 of a dollar, or 50 cents), and six bits ( 3 / 4 of a dollar, or 75 cents). As the story goes, coins, especially small coins, were scarce in colonial America, so it was common practice to cut a bit (or two bits) off of a dollar coin to make change.
(BInary digiT) The smallest element of computer storage. It is a single digit in a binary number (0 or 1). The bit is physically a transistor or capacitor in a memory cell, a magnetic domain on disk or tape, a reflective spot on optical media or a high or low voltage pulsing through a circuit. Bits for Transmission Bits are widely used as a measurement for network transmission. One hundred megabits per second means that 100 million pulses are transmitted per second. Bytes for Storage Groups of bits make up storage units in the computer, called "characters," "bytes," or "words," which are manipulated as a group. The most common is the byte, made up of eight bits and equivalent to one alphanumeric character. Measurements for storage components, such as disks, files and databases, are given in bytes rather than bits. See space/time.
bit - Cultural Definition
The smallest unit of information. One bit corresponds to a “yes” or “no.” Some examples of a bit of information: whether a light is on or off, whether a switch (like a transistor) is on or off, whether a grain of magnetized iron points up or down.
- The information in a digital computer is stored in the form of bits.
bit - Phrases/Idioms
take the bit in one's teethor get the bit in one's teeth
- to clench the bit between the teeth, so that it fails to restrain: said of horses
- to be beyond control
bit by bit
do one's bit
bit by bit
do (one's) bit
bit - Science Definition
Variant of bite
- to seize, pierce, or cut with the teeth or with parts like jaws
- to cut into, as with a sharp weapon
- to sting, as an insect
- to hurt in a sharp, stinging way
- to eat into; corrode
- to infect or possess: used esp. in the passive: bitten by a lust for power
- to cheat or trick: used esp. in the passive
Origin: Middle English biten ; from Old English bītan ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bheid-, to split, crack from source beetle, bitter, Classical Latin findere, to split (see fission)
- to press or snap the teeth (into, at, etc.)
- to have a tendency to do this
- to cause a biting sensation or have a biting effect
- to get or keep a tight hold; grip: the car wheels bit into the snow
- to seize a bait
- to be caught, as by a trick
- Slang suck ()
- the act of biting
- biting quality; sting: a bite to his words
- a wound, bruise, or sting from biting
- amount of food bitten off; mouthful or morsel
- a meal, esp. a light meal or snack
- a tight hold or grip
- an edge or surface that grips
- ☆ Informal an amount cut off or sum deducted: the tax takes quite a bite from my paycheck
- ☆ Slang money or price asked; cost; expense: with the: usually used in the phrase , to press for a loan, gift, or bribe of money
- Dentistry the way the upper and lower teeth meet
- Etching the corrosion of the metal plate by the acid