Definition of Bit

1. Noun. A small piece or quantity of something. "I gave him a bit of my mind"

Exact synonyms: Spot
Generic synonyms: Small Indefinite Amount, Small Indefinite Quantity
Derivative terms: Bitty

2. Noun. A small fragment of something broken off from the whole. "A bit of rock caught him in the eye"
Exact synonyms: Chip, Flake, Fleck, Scrap
Generic synonyms: Fragment
Specialized synonyms: Matchwood, Exfoliation, Scale, Scurf, Scurf, Sliver, Splinter
Derivative terms: Chip, Chip, Chip, Flake, Flakey, Flaky

3. Noun. An indefinitely short time. "In just a bit"
Exact synonyms: Minute, Mo, Moment, Second
Generic synonyms: Time
Specialized synonyms: Blink Of An Eye, Flash, Heartbeat, Instant, Jiffy, New York Minute, Split Second, Trice, Twinkling, Wink
Language type: Britain
Derivative terms: Momentaneous, Momentary

4. Noun. An instance of some kind. "He had a bit of good luck"
Exact synonyms: Piece
Generic synonyms: Case, Example, Instance

5. 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"
Specialized synonyms: Bar Bit, Bridoon, Curb, Curb Bit, Pelham, Snaffle, Snaffle Bit
Group relationships: Bridle
Generic synonyms: Saddlery, Stable Gear, Tack

6. 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"
Generic synonyms: Unit, Unit Of Measurement
Specialized synonyms: Check Bit, Parity, Parity Bit
Group relationships: Byte

7. Noun. A small amount of solid food; a mouthful. "All they had left was a bit of bread"
Exact synonyms: Bite, Morsel
Generic synonyms: Mouthful, Taste
Specialized synonyms: Chaw, Chew, Cud, Plug, Quid, Wad, Crumb, Sop, Sops

8. Noun. A small fragment. "Overheard snatches of their conversation"
Exact synonyms: Snatch
Generic synonyms: Fragment

9. Noun. A short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program. "It was one of the best numbers he ever did"
Exact synonyms: Act, Number, Routine, Turn
Generic synonyms: Performance, Public Presentation
Specialized synonyms: Show-stopper, Showstopper, Stopper
Derivative terms: Act, Act, Act

10. Noun. The part of a key that enters a lock and lifts the tumblers.
Group relationships: Key
Generic synonyms: Part, Portion

11. 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"

Definition of Bit

1. n. 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. v. t. To put a bridle upon; to put the bit in the mouth of.

3. n. 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.

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

Definition of Bit

1. Noun. A piece of metal placed in a horse's mouth and connected to reins to direct the animal. ¹

2. Noun. A rotary cutting tool fitted to a drill, used to make holes. ¹

3. Noun. (American English) An eighth of a dollar. Note that there is no coin minted worth 12.5 cents. (When this term first came into use, the Spanish 8 reales coin was widely used as a dollar equivalent, and thus the 1 real coin was equivalent to 12.5 cents.) ¹

4. Noun. (context: dated British) A coin of a specified value. (Also used for a nine-pence coin in the British Caribbean.) ¹

5. Noun. A small amount of something. ¹

6. Noun. ''Specifically'', a small amount of time. ¹

7. Noun. A portion of something. ¹

8. Noun. (slang) A prison sentence, especially a short one. ¹

9. Noun. An excerpt of material from a composition or show. ¹

10. Adverb. To a small extent; in a small amount (usually with "a"). ¹

11. Verb. (simple past of bite) ¹

12. Noun. (context: mathematics computing) A binary digit, generally represented as a 1 or 0. ¹

13. Noun. (computing) The smallest unit of storage in a digital computer, consisting of a binary digit. ¹

14. Noun. (context: information theory cryptography) Any datum that may take on one of exactly two values. ¹

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Definition of Bit

1. to restrain [v BITTED, BITTING, BITS] - See also: restrain

Medical Definition of Bit

1. Acrony m for binary digit. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bit

bit (current term)
bit-count integrity
bit bucket
bit by a barn mouse
bit by bit
bit decay
bit depth
bit field
bit interval
bit intervals
bit lifter

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