Definitions for: Bit


[n] 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"
[n] 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"
[n] 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"
[n] a small fragment; "overheard snatches of their conversation"
[n] an instance of some kind; "it was a nice piece of work"; "he had a bit of good luck"
[n] a small amount of solid food; a mouthful; "all they had left was a bit of bread"
[n] a small fragment of something broken off from the whole; "a bit of rock caught him in the eye"
[n] 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"
[n] (British) a small quantity; "a spot of tea"; "a bit of paper"
[n] an indefinitely short time; "wait just a moment"; "it only takes a minute"; "in just a bit"
[adj] injured by bites or stings; "leaving the biter bit"; "her poor mosquito-bitten legs"



Webster (1913) Definition: Bit, n. [OE. bitt, bite, AS. bite, bite, fr. b[=i]tan to
bite. See Bite, n. & v., and cf. Bit a morsel.]
1. 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. --Shak.

The foamy bridle with the bit of gold. --Chaucer.

2. Fig.: Anything which curbs or restrains.


Bit, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bitted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Bitting.]
To put a bridle upon; to put the bit in the mouth of.


Bit,
imp. & p. p. of Bite.


Bit, n. [OE. bite, AS. bita, fr. b[=i]tan to bite; akin to
D. beet, G. bissen bit, morsel, Icel. biti. See Bite, v.,
and cf. Bit part of a bridle.]
1. 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.

2. Somewhat; something, but not very great.

My young companion was a bit of a poet. --T. Hook.

Note: This word is used, also, like jot and whit, to express
the smallest degree; as, he is not a bit wiser.

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

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

5. The cutting iron of a plane. --Knight.

6. 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.

Bit my bit, piecemeal. --Pope.


Bit,
3d sing. pr. of Bid, for biddeth. [Obs.] --Chaucer.


Bit, n.
In the British West Indies, a fourpenny piece, or groat.

Synonyms: act, bite, bitten, chip, flake, fleck, injured, minute, moment, morsel, number, piece, routine, scrap, second, snatch, spot, stung, turn

See Also: bar bit, blink of an eye, bridle, bridoon, bur, burr, byte, case, center bit, centre bit, chamfer bit, chaw, chew, counterbore, countersink, countersink bit, crumb, cud, curb, curb bit, cutting implement, drill, drill bit, drilling bit, example, exfoliation, expansion bit, expansive bit, flash, flinders, fragment, fragment, instance, instant, jiffy, matchwood, mouthful, New York minute, parity, parity bit, Pelham, performance, pilot bit, plug, public presentation, quid, saddlery, scale, scurf, shank, show-stopper, sliver, small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity, snaffle, snaffle bit, sop, sops, spade bit, splinter, split second, stable gear, stopper, tack, taste, time, trice, twinkling, twist bit, twist drill, unit, unit of measurement, wad, wink

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