A horse bit.
- 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.
- 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 of bitMiddle English ; from Old English bite, a bite ; from b?tan, bite
- to put a bit into the mouth of (a horse)
- to train to the bit
- to check or curb
- to make the bit on (a key)
take 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
- 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 of bitorig. used of a small silver coin worth of the Spanish peso (hence, normally 12 cents)Informal an amount equal to 12 cents: 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 of bitMiddle English bite ; from Old English bita, a piece, morsel, bit ; from bitan, to bite
bit by bit
do one's bit
- a single digit (i.e., a 0 or 1) 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 of bitb(inary) (dig)it
- 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 of bitMiddle 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.
transitive verbbit·ted, bit·ting, bits
- 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 of bitMiddle English bite, from Old English, act of biting; see bheid- in Indo-European roots.
left to right: pilot, twist, and spade bits
Origin of bitFrom b(inary dig)it.
- A piece of metal placed in a horse's mouth and connected to reins to direct the animal.
- Horses hate having bits put in their mouth.
- A rotary cutting tool fitted to a drill, used to make holes.
- (US) An eighth of a dollar. Note that there is no coin minted worth 12.5 cents. (When this term first came into use, the Spanish 8 reales coin was widely used as a dollar equivalent, and thus the 1 real coin was equivalent to 12.5 cents.)
- A quarter is two bits.
- (dated, UK) A coin of a specified value. (Also used for a nine-pence coin in the British Caribbean.)
- A threepenny bit.
- (historical, US) In the southern and southwestern states, a small silver coin (such as the real) formerly current; commonly, one worth about 12½ cents; also, the sum of 12½ cents.
- There were bits of paper all over the floor. Does your leg still hurt? / Just a bit now. I have done my bit, I expect you to do yours.
- A small amount of something.
- (informal) Specifically, a small amount of time.
- I'll be there in a bit, I need to take care of something first. He was here just a bit ago, but it looks like he's stepped out.
- A portion of something.
- I'd like a big bit of cake, please.
- Somewhat; something, but not very great; also used like jot and whit to express the smallest degree.
- Am I bored? Not a bit of it!
- (slang) A prison sentence, especially a short one.
- An excerpt of material making up part of a show, comedy routine, etc.
- His bit about video games was not nearly as entertaining as the other segments of his show.
- The part of a key which enters the lock and acts upon the bolt and tumblers.
- The cutting iron of a plane.
- To a small extent; in a small amount (usually with "a").
- That's a bit too sweet.
(third-person singular simple present bits, present participle bitting, simple past and past participle bitted)
- To put a bridle upon; to put the bit in the mouth of (a horse).
- (colloquial) bitten.
- Even though he's bit, of course the zombies would still chase him.
- (only in combination) Having been bitten.
- (mathematics, computing) A binary digit, generally represented as a 1 or 0.
- (computing) The smallest unit of storage in a digital computer, consisting of a binary digit.
- (information theory, cryptography) Any datum that may take on one of exactly two values.
- status bits on IRC; permission bits in a file system
- (information theory) A unit of measure for information entropy.
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.
(1) (Built-In Test) See BIST.
(2) (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.