What is the meaning of bit?

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  • A small piece or quantity of something.
    • usage: "a spot of tea"; "a bit of paper"; "a bit of lint"; "I gave him a bit of my mind"
  • A small fragment of something broken off from the whole.
    • usage: "a bit of rock caught him in the eye"
  • An indefinitely short time.
    • usage: "wait just a moment"; "in a mo"; "it only takes a minute"; "in just a bit"
  • An instance of some kind.
    • usage: "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.
    • usage: "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.
    • usage: "there are 8 bits in a byte"
  • A small amount of solid food; a mouthful.
    • usage: "all they had left was a bit of bread"
  • A small fragment.
    • usage: "overheard snatches of their conversation"
  • A short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program.
    • usage: "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.
    • usage: "he looked around for the right size bit"


  • To grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws.
    • usage: "Gunny invariably tried to bite her"
  • Cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort.
    • usage: "The sun burned his face"
  • Penetrate or cut, as with a knife.
    • usage: "The fork bit into the surface"
  • Deliver a sting to.
    • usage: "A bee stung my arm yesterday"
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APAWordNet. (2010). bit. Retrieved October 18, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/bit/definitions/1201804
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "bit" http://smartdefine.org/bit/definitions/1201804 (accessed October 18, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, bit, Smart Define, viewed 18 October, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/bit/definitions/1201804>.
MLAWordNet. "bit" 23 October 2010. Web. 18 October 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/bit/definitions/1201804>
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