Definition and Meanings for bit

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Bit is ranked 1,226 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of bit

noun, verb, transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, 3d singular present participle

Etymology of bit

oe. bitt, bite, as. bite, bite, fr. b to bite. see bite, n. & v., and cf. bit a morsel oe. bite, as. bita, fr. b to bite; akin to d. beet, g. bissen bit, morsel, icel. biti. see bite, v., and cf. bit part of a bridle binary digit

Meaning of bit


as noun, noun, verb

  • 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.
  • fig.: anything which curbs or restrains.

as noun

  • in the british west indies, a fourpenny piece, or groat.

as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to put a bridle upon; to put the bit in the mouth of.

as imperfect, past participle

  • imp. & p. p. of bite.

as noun, verb

  • 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.
  • somewhat; something, but not very great.
  • a tool for boring, of various forms and sizes, usually turned by means of a brace or bitstock. see bitstock.
  • the part of a key which enters the lock and acts upon the bolt and tumblers.
  • the cutting iron of a plane.
  • 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.

as noun

  • the smallest unit of information, equivalent to a choice between two alternatives, as yes or no; on or off. see also qubit.
  • 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.

as 3d singular present participle

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