a bit much


2 [bit]
a small piece or quantity of anything: a bit of string.
a short time: Wait a bit.
Informal. an amount equivalent to 12½ U.S. cents (used only in even multiples): two bits; six bits.
an act, performance, or routine: She's doing the Camille bit, pretending to be near collapse.
a stereotypic or habitual set of behaviors, attitudes, or styles associated with an individual, role, situation, etc.: the whole Wall Street bit.
Also called bit part. a very small role, as in a play or motion picture, containing few or no lines. Compare walk-on ( def 1 ).
any small coin: a threepenny bit.
a Spanish or Mexican silver real worth 12½ cents, formerly current in parts of the U.S.
a bit, rather or somewhat; a little: a bit sleepy.
a bit much, somewhat overdone or beyond tolerability.
bit by bit, by degrees; gradually: Having saved money bit by bit, they now had enough to buy the land.
do one's bit, to contribute one's share to an effort: They all did their bit during the war.
every bit, quite; just: every bit as good.
quite a bit, a fairly large amount: There's quite a bit of snow on the ground.

before 1000; Middle English bite, Old English bita bit, morsel; cognate with German Bissen, Old Norse biti. See bite

1. particle, speck, grain, mite; whit, iota, jot; scrap, fragment.
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bit1 (bɪt)
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
13.  (foll by as) every bit to the same degree: she was every bit as clever as her brother
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 bite]

bit2 (bɪt)
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 bite]

bit3 (bɪt)
the past tense and (archaic) past participle of bite

bit4 (bɪt)
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 binary digit]

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Word Origin & History

related O.E. words bite "act of biting," and bita "piece bitten off," are probably the source of the modern words meaning "boring-piece of a drill" (1590s), "mouthpiece of a horse's bridle" (mid-14c.), and "a piece bitten off, morsel" (c.1000). All from P.Gmc. *biton (cf. O.S. biti, O.N. bit, O.Fris.
bite, M.Du. bete, O.H.G. bizzo, Ger. Bissen "bit, morsel"), from PIE base *bheid- "to split" (see fissure). Meaning "small piece, fragment" is from c.1600. Theatrical bit part is from 1926. Money sense in two bits, six bits, etc. is originally from Southern U.S. and West Indies, in ref. to silver wedges cut or stamped from Sp. dollars (later Mexican reals); transferred to "eighth of a dollar."

computerese word, 1948 abbreviation (coined by J.W. Tukey) of binary digit, probably chosen for its identity with bit (1).

past tense of bite.
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bite (bīt)
v. bit (bĭt), bit·ten (bĭt'n) or bit, bit·ing, bites

  1. To cut, grip, or tear with the teeth.

  2. To pierce the skin of with the teeth, fangs, or mouthparts.

  1. The act of biting.

  2. A puncture or laceration of the skin by the teeth of an animal or the mouthparts of an insect or similar organism.

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bit   (bĭt)  Pronunciation Key 
The smallest unit of computer memory. A bit holds one of two possible values, either of the binary digits 0 or 1. The term comes from the phrase binary digit. See Note at byte.
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bit definition

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.
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Bit definition

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."

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