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bit - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'bit' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Bit
- imp. & p. p. of Bite.
- 3d sing. pr. of Bid, for biddeth.
- of Bite
2 . Bit [ imp.]
- of Bite
3 . Bit [ v.]
- 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.
- 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.
4 . Bit [ v. t.]
- To put a bridle upon; to put the bit in the mouth of.

Meaning of 'bit' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . bit [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a small piece or quantity of something
Example in sentence:
  • a bit of lint;
  • a bit of paper;
  • a spot of tea;
  • I gave him a bit of my mind
Meaning (2):
- a small fragment of something broken off from the whole
Example in sentence:
  • a bit of rock caught him in the eye
Meaning (3):
- a small amount of solid food; a mouthful
Example in sentence:
  • all they had left was a bit of bread
Meaning (4):
- a short performance that is part of a longer program
Example in sentence:
  • he did his act three times every evening;
  • it was one of the best numbers he ever did;
  • she had a catchy little routine
Meaning (5):
- an instance of some kind
Example in sentence:
  • he had a bit of good luck;
  • it was a nice piece of work
Meaning (6):
- the cutting part of a drill; usually pointed and threaded and is replaceable in a brace or bitstock or drill press
Example in sentence:
  • he looked around for the right size bit
Meaning (7):
- an indefinitely short time
Example in sentence:
  • in a mo;
  • in just a bit;
  • it only takes a minute;
  • wait just a moment
Meaning (8):
- a small fragment
Example in sentence:
  • overheard snatches of their conversation
Meaning (9):
- piece of metal held in horse's mouth by reins and used to control the horse while riding
Example in sentence:
  • the horse was not accustomed to a bit
Meaning (10):
- a unit of measurement of information (from binary + digit); the amount of information in a system having two equiprobable states
Example in sentence:
  • there are 8 bits in a byte