Bit

Definition of Bit

Pronunciation: bĭt
n.1.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.
The foamy bridle with the bit of gold.
- Chaucer.
2.Fig.: Anything which curbs or restrains.
1.In the British West Indies, a fourpenny piece, or groat.
v. t.1.To put a bridle upon; to put the bit in the mouth of.
[imp. & p. p. Bitted ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Bitting.]
imp. & p. 1.imp. & p. p. of Bite.
n.1.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.
2.Somewhat; something, but not very great.
My young companion was a bit of a poet.
- T. Hook.
3.A tool for boring, of various forms and sizes, usually turned by means of a brace or bitstock. See Bitstock.
4.The part of a key which enters the lock and acts upon the bolt and tumblers.
5.The cutting iron of a plane.
6.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.
1.(Computers) the smallest unit of information, equivalent to a choice between two alternatives, as yes or no; on or off.
2.(Computers) the physical representation of a bit of information in a computer memory or a data storage medium. Within a computer circuit a bit may be represented by the state of a current or an electrical charge; in a magnetic storage medium it may be represented by the direction of magnetization; on a punched card or on paper tape it may be represented by the presence or absence of a hole at a particular point on the card or tape.
Bit my bit
piecemeal.
- Pope.
3d sing. p1.3d sing. pr. of Bid, for biddeth.

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