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Meaning & Definition of Bit in English

English

Bit

/bɪt/

noun

1. A small piece or quantity of something

  • "A spot of tea"
  • "A bit of paper"
  • "A bit of lint"
  • "I gave him a bit of my mind"
    synonym:
  • spot
  • ,
  • bit

2. A small fragment of something broken off from the whole

  • "A bit of rock caught him in the eye"
    synonym:
  • bit
  • ,
  • chip
  • ,
  • flake
  • ,
  • fleck
  • ,
  • scrap

3. An indefinitely short time

  • "Wait just a moment"
  • "In a mo"
  • "It only takes a minute"
  • "In just a bit"
    synonym:
  • moment
  • ,
  • mo
  • ,
  • minute
  • ,
  • second
  • ,
  • bit

4. An instance of some kind

  • "It was a nice piece of work"
  • "He had a bit of good luck"
    synonym:
  • piece
  • ,
  • bit

5. 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"
    synonym:
  • bit

6. 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"
    synonym:
  • bit

7. A small amount of solid food

  • A mouthful
  • "All they had left was a bit of bread"
    synonym:
  • morsel
  • ,
  • bit
  • ,
  • bite

8. A small fragment

  • "Overheard snatches of their conversation"
    synonym:
  • snatch
  • ,
  • bit

9. 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"
    synonym:
  • act
  • ,
  • routine
  • ,
  • number
  • ,
  • turn
  • ,
  • bit

10. The part of a key that enters a lock and lifts the tumblers

    synonym:
  • bit

11. 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"
    synonym:
  • bit

Examples of using

All the doctors say that I shouldn't drink coffee, but, despite that, I do have a bit now and then when I'm in good company.
Something seemed a bit weird to me.
I suggest that he come to Poland a bit earlier.