a small piece or quantity of something
"a spot of tea"; "a bit of paper"; "a bit of lint"; "I gave him a bit of my mind"
bit, chip, flake, fleck, scrap(noun)
a small fragment of something broken off from the whole
"a bit of rock caught him in the eye"
moment, mo, minute, second, bit(noun)
an indefinitely short time
"wait just a moment"; "in a mo"; "it only takes a minute"; "in just a bit"
an instance of some kind
"it was a nice piece of work"; "he had a bit of good luck"
piece of metal held in horse's mouth by reins and used to control the horse while riding
"the horse was not accustomed to a bit"
a unit of measurement of information (from binary + digit); the amount of information in a system having two equiprobable states
"there are 8 bits in a byte"
morsel, bit, bite(noun)
a small amount of solid food; a mouthful
"all they had left was a bit of bread"
a small fragment
"overheard snatches of their conversation"
act, routine, number, turn, bit(noun)
a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program
"he did his act three times every evening"; "she had a catchy little routine"; "it was one of the best numbers he ever did"
the part of a key that enters a lock and lifts the tumblers
the cutting part of a drill; usually pointed and threaded and is replaceable in a brace or bitstock or drill press
"he looked around for the right size bit"
the part of a bridle, usually of iron, which is inserted in the mouth of a horse, and having appendages to which the reins are fastened
fig.: Anything which curbs or restrains
to put a bridle upon; to put the bit in the mouth of
imp. & p. p. of Bite
a part of anything, such as may be bitten off or taken into the mouth; a morsel; a bite. Hence: A small piece of anything; a little; a mite
somewhat; something, but not very great
a tool for boring, of various forms and sizes, usually turned by means of a brace or bitstock. See Bitstock
the part of a key which enters the lock and acts upon the bolt and tumblers
the cutting iron of a plane
in the Southern and Southwestern States, a small silver coin (as the real) formerly current; commonly, one worth about 12 1/2 cents; also, the sum of 12 1/2 cents
3d sing. pr. of Bid, for biddeth
A bit is the basic unit of information in computing and digital communications. A bit can have only one of two values, and may therefore be physically implemented with a two-state device. The most common representation of these values are 0and1. The term bit is a contraction of binary digit. The two values can also be interpreted as logical values, algebraic signs, activation states, or any other two-valued attribute. The correspondence between these values and the physical states of the underlying storage or device is a matter of convention, and different assignments may be used even within the same device or program. The length of a binary number may be referred to as its bit-length. In information theory, one bit is typically defined as the uncertainty of a binary random variable that is 0 or 1 with equal probability, or the information that is gained when the value of such a variable becomes known. In quantum computing, a quantum bit or qubit is a quantum system that can exist in superposition of two bit values, true and false. The symbol for bit, as a unit of information, is either simply bit or lowercase b. A group of eight bits is commonly called one byte, but historically the size of the byte is not strictly defined.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
bit, n. a bite, a morsel: a small piece: the smallest degree: a small tool for boring (see Brace): the part of the bridle which the horse holds in his mouth (see Bridle)—hence, To take the bit in his teeth, to be beyond restraint.—v.t. to put the bit in the mouth; to curb or restrain:—pr.p. bit′ting; pa.p. bit′ted.—Bit by bit, piecemeal, gradually. [From Bite.]
The New Hacker's Dictionary
[from the mainstream meaning and “Binary digIT”] 1. [techspeak] The unit of information; the amount of information obtained from knowing the answer to a yes-or-no question for which the two outcomes are equally probable. 2. [techspeak] A computational quantity that can take on one of two values, such as true and false or 0 and 1. 3. A mental flag: a reminder that something should be done eventually. “I have a bit set for you.” (I haven't seen you for a while, and I'm supposed to tell or ask you something.) 4. More generally, a (possibly incorrect) mental state of belief. “I have a bit set that says that you were the last guy to hack on EMACS.” (Meaning “I think you were the last guy to hack on EMACS, and what I am about to say is predicated on this, so please stop me if this isn't true.”) “I just need one bit from you” is a polite way of indicating that you intend only a short interruption for a question that can presumably be answered yes or no.A bit is said to be set if its value is true or 1, and reset or clear if its value is false or 0. One speaks of setting and clearing bits. To toggle or invert a bit is to change it, either from 0 to 1 or from 1 to 0. See also flag, trit, mode bit.The term bit first appeared in print in the computer-science sense in a 1948 paper by information theorist Claude Shannon, and was there credited to the early computer scientist John Tukey (who also seems to have coined the term software). Tukey records that bit evolved over a lunch table as a handier alternative to bigit or binit, at a conference in the winter of 1943-44.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'BIT' in Nouns Frequency: #222
The numerical value of BIT in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of BIT in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
We are condemned to kill time, thus we die bit by bit.
I used to fly the planes, but I don't like flying planes no more, it's a little bit longer and a little bit more tiresome, but I feel a little bit more safer on the train.
They're doing it for a little bit of relaxation or a little bit of focus or a little bit of pain management or they're doing it because they sleep better or their stomach digests food better.
It felt good to be out there, obviously, been playing at home with my boys for a little bit of cash, but still( that is) a little bit different. Every shot counts a little bit more. ( But) Felt good.
A bit of cost cutting, a bit of downsizing of investment banking, a bit of reorganization and, in order to pay for it, raise capital -- that would be very disappointing unless he pulls a rabbit out of the hat.
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Translations for BIT
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- късче, захапка, парче, частица, битBulgarian
- mos, poquet, micaCatalan, Valencian
- okamžik, vrták, chvilka, flastr, fréza, troška, dílek, udidlo, kousek, bitCzech
- Bisschen, Happen, Bohrer, Stückchen, Mundstück, Wenig, Gebiss, Stück, BitGerman
- στομίδα, δυφίο, μπιτGreek
- peco, bito, bitEsperanto
- broca, bocado, pocoSpanish
- osa, kakku, kuolain, palanen, pala, juttu, hetki, osanen, poranterä, bittiFinnish
- mors, peu, petit morceau, foret, bitFrench
- mìr, criomag, bìdeag, carScottish Gaelic
- bocado, freoGalician
- tvíundatölustafur, bitiIcelandic
- trapano, poco, punta, pezzettino, freno, ottavo di dollaro, pezzetto, punta di trapano, morso, pocaItalian
- 少々, ちょっと, 少し, ビットJapanese
- 재갈, 도막, 작은 조각, 약간, 12센트 반, 조금, 비트Korean
- көзөч, кесек, мүштөк, тилим, кесинди, ачкычтын урчугу, тешкич, үзүм, бөлүкчө, ооздук, тилке, чагым, бөлүк, бургу, кесим, мундштукKyrgyz
- žąslai, grąžtas, bitasLithuanian
- mutes dzelži, laužņi, bitsLatvian
- piti, inati, tiri, pīhi, niho, maramaraMāori
- џем, трошка, ѓем, парченце, парче, сврдел, битMacedonian
- hapje, bit, boortje, stuk, beetjeDutch
- bitt, bitNorwegian
- yáálNavajo, Navaho
- porcja, kawałek, wędzidłoPolish
- porção, pedaço, bocado, morso, verruma, bocal, broca, pua, bitPortuguese
- bucată, burghiu, frâuRomanian
- кусок, сверло, удила, битRussian
- košček, bitSlovene
- lite, bitSwedish
- ముక్క, బిట్టు, తునక, తుంపుTelugu
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