Bit meaning

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A brief amount of time; a moment.

Wait a bit.

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A small portion, degree, or amount.

A bit of lint; a bit of luck.

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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.

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An entertainment routine given regularly by a performer; an act.
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An amount equal to one eighth of a dollar.

Two bits.

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The sharp part of a tool, such as the cutting edge of a knife or ax.
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The part of a key that enters the lock and engages the bolt and tumblers.
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The tip of the mouthpiece on a pipe or a cigarette or cigar holder.
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The metal mouthpiece of a bridle, serving to control, curb, and direct an animal.
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Something that controls, guides, or curbs.
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To place a bit in the mouth of (a horse, for example).
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To check or control with or as if with a bit.
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To make or grind a bit on (a key).
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A binary digit, having either the value 0 or 1, used to store or represent data.
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The part of a bridle that goes into a horse's mouth, used to control the horse.
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Anything that curbs or controls.
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The part of a pipestem held in the mouth.
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The part of a key that actually turns the lock.
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The cutting part of any tool, as the blade of a plane.
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A drilling or boring tool for use in a brace, drill press, etc.
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To check or curb.
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To make the bit on (a key)
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An amount equal to 1212 cents.
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Very small.

A bit role.

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A single digit (i.e., a 0 or 1) in a binary number system.
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A unit of information equal to the amount of information obtained by learning which of two equally likely events occurred.
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The smallest unit of computer memory. A bit holds one of two possible values, either of the binary digits 0 or 1. The term comes from the phrase binary digit .
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(1) (Built-In Test) See BIST.
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A small piece or quantity.
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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.
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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.
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​ 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.

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A rotary cutting tool fitted to a drill, used to make holes.
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(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.

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(dated, UK) A coin of a specified value. (Also used for a nine-pence coin in the British Caribbean.)

A threepenny bit.

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(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.

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A small amount of something.
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(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.

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A portion of something.

I'd like a big bit of cake, please.

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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!

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(slang) A prison sentence, especially a short one.
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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.

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The part of a key which enters the lock and acts upon the bolt and tumblers.

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The cutting iron of a plane.

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To a small extent; in a small amount (usually with "a").

That's a bit too sweet.

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To put a bridle upon; to put the bit in the mouth of (a horse).
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Simple past tense of bite.

Your dog bit me!

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(informal in US, archaic in UK) Past participle of bite.
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(colloquial) Bitten.

Even though he's bit, of course the zombies would still chase him.

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(only in combination) Having been bitten.
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(mathematics, computing) A binary digit, generally represented as a 1 or 0.
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(computing) The smallest unit of storage in a digital computer, consisting of a binary digit.
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(information theory, cryptography) Any datum that may take on one of exactly two values.

Status bits on IRC; permission bits in a file system.

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(information theory) A unit of measure for information entropy.
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A small coin.

A threepenny bit.

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A pointed and threaded tool for drilling and boring that is secured in a brace, bitstock, or drill press.
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a bit
  • To a small degree; somewhat:.
    A bit warm.
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bit by bit
  • Little by little; gradually.
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do (one's) bit
  • To do one's part or contribute one's share.
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have
  • To be uncontrollable; cast off restraint.
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take the bit in one's teeth
  • To clench the bit between the teeth, so that it fails to restrain.
  • To be beyond control.
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bit by bit
  • Little by little; gradually.
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do one's bit
  • To do one's share.
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every bit
  • Altogether; entirely.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of bit

  • Middle English bite morsel from Old English bita bheid- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English bite from Old English act of biting bheid- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From b(inary dig)it
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Coined by John Tukey in 1946 as an abbreviation of binary digit, probably influenced by connotations of “small portion”. First used in print 1948 by Claude Shannon. Compare byte and nybble.
    From Wiktionary
  • From Old English bita and bite - all from Proto-Germanic *bitô, from Proto-Indo-European *bheid- (“to split”).
    From Wiktionary
  • See bite
    From Wiktionary