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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bitbɪt(n.; v.)bit•ted, bit•ting.

  1. (n.)the mouthpiece of a bridle, having fittings at each end to which the reins are fastened.

  2. anything that curbs or restrains.

  3. a removable drilling or boring tool for use in a brace, drill press, or the like.

    Category: Machinery

  4. the cutting part of an ax or hatchet.

    Category: Building Trades

  5. the wide portion at the end of an ordinary key that moves the bolt.

    Category: Machinery

  6. (v.t.)to put a bit in the mouth of (a horse).

  7. to curb with or as if with a bit.

  8. to grind a bit on (a key).

Idioms for bit:

  1. chafe or champ at the bit, to become impatient and restless because of delay.

    Category: Idiom

  2. take the bit in or between one's teeth, to reject control; go one's own way.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of bit:

bef. 900; ME bite, OE: action of biting; c. OHG biz. See bite


  1. a small piece or quantity of something.

  2. a short time:

    Wait a bit.

  3. a stereotypic set of behaviors, attitudes, or actions associated with a particular role, situation, etc.:

    the whole Wall Street bit.

  4. Category: Showbiz

    Ref: Also called bit part.; Compare walk-on (def. 1). 1

  5. Informal. an amount equivalent to 12½ cents (used only in even multiples):

    two bits.

    Category: Informal, Numismatics

Idioms for bit:

  1. a bit, somewhat; a little:

    a bit sleepy.

    Category: Idiom

  2. a bit much, somewhat overdone or beyond tolerability.

    Category: Idiom

  3. bit by bit, by degrees; gradually.

    Category: Idiom

  4. do one's bit, to contribute one's share to an effort.

    Category: Idiom

  5. every bit, quite; just:

    every bit as good.

    Category: Idiom

  6. quite a bit,a fairly large amount.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of bit:

bef. 1000; ME bite, OE bita bit, morsel; c. OHG bizzo, ON biti. See bite


  1. a single, basic unit of computer information, valued at either 0 or 1 to signal binary alternatives.

    Category: Computers

Origin of bit:

1945–50; bi (nary ) + (digi )t


  1. Ref: pt. and a pp. of bite .

Princeton's WordNet

  1. spot, bit(noun)

    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"

  2. 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"

  3. 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"

  4. piece, bit(noun)

    an instance of some kind

    "it was a nice piece of work"; "he had a bit of good luck"

  5. bit(noun)

    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"

  6. bit(noun)

    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"

  7. morsel, bit, bite(noun)

    a small amount of solid food; a mouthful

    "all they had left was a bit of bread"

  8. snatch, bit(noun)

    a small fragment

    "overheard snatches of their conversation"

  9. 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"

  10. bit(noun)

    the part of a key that enters a lock and lifts the tumblers

  11. bit(noun)

    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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. bit(noun)ɪt

    a small amount or degree

    We're having a bit of a problem.; a little bit farther

  2. bitɪt

    a fairly large amount

    There's quite a bit to do.

  3. bitɪt

    a little; = slightly

    I'm a bit tired.

  4. bitɪt

    slowly and gradually; = little by little

    She opened the door bit by bit.

  5. bitɪt

    a small piece of sth larger

    bits of broken shell and rock

  6. bitɪt

    the smallest unit of information in computing

    "b" is the symbol for bit.

  7. bitɪt

    indicates sb or sth is as good, smart, bad as another

    every bit as pretty as her sister

  8. bitɪt

    into small pieces

    Melanie tore the letter to bits.

  9. bitɪt

    the past tense of "bite"

Webster Dictionary

  1. 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

  2. Bit

    fig.: Anything which curbs or restrains

  3. Bit(verb)

    to put a bridle upon; to put the bit in the mouth of

  4. Bit

    imp. & p. p. of Bite

  5. Bit

    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

  6. Bit

    somewhat; something, but not very great

  7. Bit

    a tool for boring, of various forms and sizes, usually turned by means of a brace or bitstock. See Bitstock

  8. Bit

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

  9. Bit

    the cutting iron of a plane

  10. Bit

    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

  11. Bit

    3d sing. pr. of Bid, for biddeth

  12. Bit

    of Bite

  13. Bit

    of Bite


  1. Bit

    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.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. bit

    [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

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BIT' in Nouns Frequency: #222

Anagrams of BIT

  1. TiB

Translations for BIT

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a small piece

a bit of bread.

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