|1.||a small piece, portion, or quantity|
|2.||a short time or distance|
|3.||informal (US), (Canadian) the value of an eighth of a dollar: spoken of only in units of two: two bits|
|4.||any small coin|
|5.||short for bit part|
|6.||informal way of behaving, esp one intended to create a particular impression: she's doing the prima donna bit|
|7.||a bit rather; somewhat: a bit dreary|
|8.||a bit of|
|a. rather: a bit of a dope|
|b. a considerable amount: that must take quite a bit of courage|
|9.||slang (Brit) a bit of all right, a bit of crumpet, a bit of stuff, a bit of tail a sexually attractive woman|
|10.||bit by bit gradually|
|11.||informal bit on the side an extramarital affair|
|12.||do one's bit to make one's expected contribution|
|14.||not a bit, not a bit of it not in the slightest; not at all|
|15.||to bits completely apart: to fall to bits|
|[Old English bite action of biting; see |
|1.||a metal mouthpiece, for controlling a horse on a bridle|
|2.||anything that restrains or curbs|
|3.||take the bit in one's teeth, take the bit between one's teeth, have the bit in one's teeth, have the bit between one's teeth|
|a. to undertake a task with determination|
|b. to rebel against control|
|4.||a cutting or drilling tool, part, or head in a brace, drill, etc|
|5.||the blade of a woodworking plane|
|6.||the part of a pair of pincers designed to grasp an object|
|7.||the copper end of a soldering iron|
|8.||the part of a key that engages the levers of a lock|
|—vb , bits, bitting, bitted|
|9.||to put a bit in the mouth of (a horse)|
|10.||to restrain; curb|
|[Old English bita; related to Old English bītan to |
|1.||a single digit of binary notation, represented either by 0 or by 1|
|2.||the smallest unit of information, indicating the presence or absence of a single feature|
|3.||a unit of capacity of a computer, consisting of an element of its physical structure capable of being in either of two states, such as a switch with on and off positions, or a microscopic magnet capable of alignment in two directions|
|[C20: from abbreviation of |
v. bit (bĭt), bit·ten (bĭt'n) or bit, bit·ing, bites
To cut, grip, or tear with the teeth.
To pierce the skin of with the teeth, fangs, or mouthparts.
The act of biting.
A puncture or laceration of the skin by the teeth of an animal or the mouthparts of an insect or similar organism.
The smallest unit of information. One bit corresponds to a “yes” or “no.” Some examples of a bit of information: whether a light is on or off, whether a switch (like a transistor) is on or off, whether a grain of magnetized iron points up or down.
Note: The information in a digital computer is stored in the form of bits.
built in test
the curb put into the mouths of horses to restrain them. The Hebrew word (metheg) so rendered in Ps. 32:9 is elsewhere translated "bridle" (2 Kings 19:28; Prov. 26:3; Isa. 37:29). Bits were generally made of bronze or iron, but sometimes also of gold or silver. In James 3:3 the Authorized Version translates the Greek word by "bits," but the Revised Version by "bridles."