Definition of 'bit'


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1. A pointed and threaded tool for drilling and boring that is secured in a brace, bitstock, or drill press.

2. The sharp part of a tool, such as the cutting edge of a knife or ax.

3. The tip of the mouthpiece on a pipe or a cigarette or cigar holder.

4. A matter being considered.

5. A binary digit, having either the value 0 or 1, used to store or represent data.

6. Chiefly British A small coin.

7. A brief amount of time; a moment.

8. A particular kind of action, situation, or behavior.

9. An entertainment routine given regularly by a performer; an act.

10. Informal An amount equal to one eighth of a dollar.

11. A bit part.

12. The metal mouthpiece of a bridle, serving to control, curb, and direct an animal.

13. A short scene or episode in a theatrical performance.

14. The part of a key that enters the lock and engages the bolt and tumblers.

15. Something that controls, guides, or curbs.

16. A small portion, degree, or amount.

17. In music, a short piece of tube used to alter slightly the pitch of such wind-instruments as the trumpet, cornet-à-pistons, etc.

18. Crisis; nick of time.

19. The act of biting; a bite.

20. In mining: The cutting edge of a drill for boring rock by hand or by machine drilling.

21. The biting, cutting, or penetrating action of an edged weapon or tool.

22. A sharpened steel bar used for drilling rock by hand or by machine.

23. The joint of an umbrella.

24. An obsolete spelling of bitt.

25. A boring-tool used in a carpenter's brace.

26. A portion of food bitten off; a mouthful; a bite.

27. A Middle English and Anglo-Saxon contraction of biddeth, third person singular indicative present of bid.

28. A small piece of ground; a spot.

29. A morsel or a little piece of food.

30. The biting, catching, holding, cutting, or boring part of a tool.

31. A Middle English form of butt.

32. The metal part of a bridle which is inserted in the mouth of a horse, with the appendages (rings, etc.) to which the reins are fastened.

33. The action of biting food; eating; grazing.

34. In ceramics, a small piece of stone for separating the pieces of pottery in the kiln: used before the invention of stilts, cock-spurs, and triangles. Ware so made was called bit-stone ware.

35. A hammer used by masons for dressing granite and for rough picking.

36. A small piece or fragment of anything; a small portion or quantity; a little: as, a bit of glass; a bit of land; a bit of one's mind.

37. Hence A small quantity of food; a modicum or moderate supply of provisions: as, to take a bit and a sup.

38. Preterit and occasional past participle of bite.

39. Any small coin: as, a fourpenny-bit; a six-penny-bit.

40. To put a bridle upon; put the bit in the mouth of (a horse); accustom to the bit; hence, to curb; restrain.

41. To check or control with or as if with a bit.

42. To place a bit in the mouth of (a horse, for example).

43. To make or grind a bit on (a key).

44. (have/take) To be uncontrollable; cast off restraint.

45. (bit by bit) Little by little; gradually.

46. (a bit) To a small degree; somewhat.

47. (do (one's) bit) To do one's part or contribute one's share.


1. He likes to put the needle in a little bit once in a while.

2. We found one which looked a bit tacky but the beer was cheap so we stayed.

3. This oddly structured track takes a bit of getting into.

4. You can have too much of a good thing and then feel a bit sick.

5. But it looks a bit too much like a dribble of concrete.

6. We lost six members of staff and to replace that with one seems a bit crazy.

7. We have asked the police for a bit of information but they have said that they cannot tell us.

8. If you prefer a bit more bite to your apple, leave out this cooking step.

9. I love the horse to bits.

10. You feel a bit left out sometimes.

11. The fans will not mind one bit.

12. We just want to save a few bits of our past for the future.

13. Why not have something a bit different?

14. It’s much easier for me if you can be a little bit happy and enjoy things.

15. They worked a lot harder and had a bit more bite in the tackle.

16. She professed to find all the fuss a bit much.

17. Will be glad when retreat is over and can get a bit of peace.

18. Many have been bit parts and this is his biggest role.

19. You have to enjoy it and put a bit of yourself into the performance.

20. Give away bits to charity shops instead.

21. You just have to decide which bits are most important to you.

22. My next two marriages were a bit on the rebound.

23. What is the smallest known bit of matter?

24. The road was littered with bits and pieces.

25. What could anyone do but have a bit of a think?

26. So unmistakable that one bit of the city can too easily seem like the next.

27. It went past in a bit of a blur.

28. Well the free and impartial bit is good, but the guidance bit is less positive.

29. I do feel like a bit of an anthropologist.

30. Actually, during my meeting in the afternoon I felt a bit uncomfortable and it took me ages to work out why – my jeans, which were fine all morning, suddenly felt a bit… tight.

31. Though it's a bit awkward talking about it in front of strangers; though you all look very nice people; but it is a _bit_ awkward --

32. · Export RGB in 8 bit, 15 bit+ (i.e. Photoshop 16 bit), true 16 bit, or scaled to 100%

33. Aren't you a bit ashamed to bit** about income taxes when CHILDREN

34. I've edited it a bit to make it a * bit* more cohesive, and while it isn't as structured as I would like, these are my thoughts about the exponential future of the web and a little bit about how that future might also impinge on the future of government ...

35. Export RGB in 8 bit, 15 bit+ (i.e. Photoshop 16 bit), true 16 bit, or scaled to 100\%

36. Kippletringan was distant at first ‘a gey bit; ’ then the ‘gey bit’ was more accurately described, as ‘ablins three mile; ’ then the ‘three mile’ diminished into ‘like a mile and a bittock; ’ then extended themselves into ‘four mile or there-awa; ’ and, lastly, a female voice, having hushed a wailing infant which the spokeswoman carried in her arms, assured Guy Mannering, ‘It was a weary lang gate yet to Kippletringan, and unco heavy road for foot passengers.

37. ‘With a few bits of cardboard, a light and a bit of plastic, Pratt's little model echoes both the reality and the dream.’

38. ‘I've been trying to identify what bits of the blog work well (that these bits should even exist may come as a bit of a shock to some of you, I'm sure) and what bits don't work so well.’

39. ‘One of the outfits means I will be baring bits of skin that don't usually see the light of day.’

40. ‘A bit of rain she can cope with but a deluge of hard, stinging pingy bits of ice is too much even for Dolly the Mega Cat.’

41. ‘Certainly there are bits of the concert on the dvd which I didn't remember, but you would expect a bit of that.’

42. ‘So for history's sake, check out these closeted bits of celluloid for a bit of perspective on how far we've come.’

43. ‘There are also files and other bits of correspondence littering every available surface and the whole area is generally a bit of a mess.’

44. ‘In more prepared circumstances I might have added some bite sized bits of chicken.’

45. ‘Also, there are some really sad bits and some manipulative bits of very dubious taste.’

46. ‘Individual elements such as pieces of driftwood or bits of furniture retained traces of their former life, but also melted into the larger organic whole.’

47. ‘Reaching my chosen spot I dropped some bits of bread across to the far bank, watching it float downstream then across the current to our bank.’

48. ‘His is an impressive collection of rusty coins and nails, corroded bullets and belt buckles, pieces of swords and knives, shards and bits of broken bottles.’

49. ‘You can't expect your role models to be perfect at everything, you have to piece them together from bits of everybody you admire for different reasons.’

50. ‘Otherwise, the piece had some good bits of news.’

51. ‘We both study things in minute detail and piece bits of evidence together and it is very similar with scenes of crime work.’

52. ‘He made a telephone call to the Observer and with readers' help slowly began to piece bits of the puzzle together and build up the museum.’

53. ‘The force of its landing literally exploded it into little pieces, and tiny bits of bark covered my clothes.’

54. ‘With its clear chicken broth, bits of green onion, finely shredded cabbage and artfully fastened dumplings, said soup is a fine way to begin your feast.’

55. ‘Other than that, I've managed to put the finishing touches on some bits of music I've been working on.’

56. ‘It was piecing together different bits of conversations.’

57. ‘As this is something of a landmark survey may we be excused for pushing the boat out a bit?’

58. ‘If this means staying off the usual glass or three of wine per evening for a bit, so be it.’

59. ‘Nanna was there so we all hung out for a bit and then she helped me dye my hair black for the party.’

60. ‘And if so, we can say that it merely happened that the seed dropped where it did and not a bit further on.’

61. ‘We're getting some fair bit of sales through and we haven't advertised.’

62. ‘The down side was that, well, Mr. B. and I fought a fair bit in those first months.’

63. ‘Yes, I mean, even though, I mean, the media has overblown some of the problems a fair bit.’

64. ‘We are entitled to expect a fair bit of intersubjectivity in judged verdicts.’

65. ‘So it's, you know, he probably had to scrape a bit to get that amount up.’

66. ‘Most jobs that will earn you a good amount of money involve a fair bit of training.’

67. ‘Kathleen, it does look like there's a good bit of activity on the streets.’

68. ‘So right now, in China, there is a good bit of activity going on trying to control this problem in a very aggressive way.’

69. ‘There are still a few too many bulls by comparison but we can move them given a bit of time.’

70. ‘I remember too that he did a bit of dealing in ponies and usually had one or two in the field.’

71. ‘Online betting is big business and it is now a very simple job to splash a bit of cash on a flutter.’

72. ‘I started to cry a bit but there were other people in the room so I had to get a hold of myself.’

73. ‘It was very unusual to be from a divorced family then and yes, there was a bit of stigma.’

74. ‘I did a bit of acting in Liverpool then moved down here to try and make it as an actress.’

75. ‘Once you take off all the stuff above you'd at least have a bit of time to do other things.’

76. ‘Ian Moore has been doing well and the lads have all been telling him to calm down a bit.’

77. ‘It would get them out of the house and earn them a bit of extra cash at the same time.’

78. ‘They are teenage lads and they need a bit of ego to get up on stage but they take it in their stride.’

79. ‘Like all cliches, there was a good bit of truth attached to this comical declaration.’

80. ‘A bit of research suggests my initial guess was correct, and it's some Indian Reservation.’

81. ‘I'm not sure about the getting married bit, but the idea of them going off somewhere holds a certain appeal.’

82. ‘The only really entertaining bit was the thing with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson.’

83. ‘There's a stunning, uncredited sax solo and a quirky contrapuntal bit for the trombones.’

84. ‘Each main dancer got to do a little solo bit in the middle of the semi-circle.’

85. ‘Charles and crew follow him for eight months as he works one five-minute bit into a full hour of worthy material.’

86. ‘John's issue page seemed a bit beefier than George's bit about his agenda.’

87. ‘He must have a young bit on the side.’

88. ‘I was a grown woman, with children of my own, not a young bit thing with little experience of life.’

89. ‘Or you have to sit right there and some young bit who has no training or teaching is letting their children scream for the sake of screaming!’

90. ‘A lad with tousled fair hair came out of the livery, and Ben handed over the horse and two bits for feed and a rub down.’

91. ‘Abbey skipped up to the house, a silver bit and four coppers jingling in her apron pocket.’

92. ‘Jim paid the four bits and ate in the dining room.’

93. ‘You can also go shopping at the C Quarter Circle Saddlery for saddles, bridles, bits, spurs and much more!’

94. ‘In the tackroom where the bridles, bits, snaffles, girths and whips were hanging on the wall, Jackson asked me about everything.’

95. ‘It seems there are different opinions as to whether the rein attached to the bit should be left on, in addition to the direct one.’

96. ‘The leather was dull and dusty, and the metal of the bits and stirrups of the English saddle seemed to be tarnished.’

97. ‘Iron components of the chariot were found in a good state of preservation, including the two wheel rims and hub - hoops, the yoke fittings, harness and horse bits.’

98. ‘It will help as he collects up the horse and allows the horse to hold the bit better as it tucks it head and stretches over its poll.’

99. ‘You don't need a big bit to get the horse's attention and you don't need a big bit to get the horse stopped.’

100. ‘We'll still put bits in our horses' mouths, but they'll be made from temperature sensitive materials and will mould to the individual shape of the horse's inner mouth.’

101. ‘There was more speech amongst the Danes, and movement of horses, and jingling of bridle bits.’

102. ‘There were two saddles, an English and a racing, as well as two different bridles, with interchangeable bits.’

103. ‘Most of the time he'll go in, check for the general health of the mouth, then file down teeth both for comfort and so the bridle bit sits well.’

104. ‘For example, a collection of bits for horses, at least seven of them, are presented on a piece of felt that has seen better days.’

105. ‘However, what I am saying, is there are different ways to achieve more harmony and control than by using one of these bits.’

106. ‘A vet or an equine dental specialist can address any oral problems that may cause the horse to lean or grab onto the bit.’

107. ‘He knew she was very upset when she couldn't get her horse to accept its bit.’

108. ‘The reason is probably not the bit, but the way in which the horse is schooled.’

109. ‘She puts her head right in the hackamore but won't stand still for the bit.’

110. ‘Spahis rode hardy little barb stallions, which they controlled with severe bits.’

111. ‘Her new owners said the only remaining evidence of her old life had been a fear of having a bridle bit placed in her mouth.’

112. ‘Malloy grabbed her wrist as she reached to place the bit in the horse's mouth.’

113. ‘He's wearing a belt with screwdrivers, drill bits, spanners, hacksaws and nails lodged in every pocket.’

114. ‘Drilling can be done with many of the same tools you use for drilling wood or metal, including twist drills, brad point drill bits, spade bits or a hole saw with a pilot bit.’

115. ‘The trail down to the foot of the falls was all but vertical, a white-knuckle descent by means of chains and old drill bits hammered into the rock.’

116. ‘An existing underground pipe was ruptured by a drill bit from a digging machine.’

117. ‘If you've ever drilled a hole through a relatively thick piece of steel, you know that drill bits tend to wander quickly.’

118. ‘Nowadays, most tool purchases involve replacing the expendable items such as drill bits, sanding belts and specialty taps and anything else that wears out.’

119. ‘Drill bits are not an easy tool to sharpen correctly.’

120. ‘Start the holes off by turning the drill bit where centre of the markings are.’

121. ‘Switch bits, and drill the hole in the door's edge.’

122. ‘Look for drills described as high-speed drill bits.’

123. ‘It is made from granite roughbacks and discarded drill bits.’

124. ‘Diamond drilling bits were used in prospecting, and thermal ore processing allowed winter panning in placer mines.’

125. ‘The family-run store in Texas that's been mixing drill bits and Limoges boxes for more than 60 years.’

126. ‘Several attendees shared what they have done at their facilities regarding reprocessing drill bits.’

127. ‘You drill out small holes in the outer cortex in two lateral skull locations with custom drill bits at the incision site.’

128. ‘However, this could be minimized if every tunnel is bored with a road header with extremely strong drill bits.’

129. ‘And they planned to modify the drill bits to make them less susceptible to jamming from the rocks.’

130. ‘It has a church and a bar, a welding shop, and a small ironworks that manufactures bits for oil drilling.’

131. ‘During the same month, a Makita drill and drill bits, in their original case were also found and never claimed.’

132. ‘Most boring bits, at first glance, may look the same except for size.’

133. ‘They were Rris-built devices, requiring two Rris to power the treadle turning the shaft, but the bits and cutting blades were of improved carbon steel.’

134. ‘The way to change the cutting depth of the bit varies among different router types, makes, and models.’

135. ‘Align the pilot bit of the hole saw with the center point you marked earlier in the face of the door, and begin drilling.’

136. ‘It is a good idea to also cut out a small opening above the bit for air-flow, and leave sufficient room in your table opening for sawdust to escape the cut.’

137. ‘The hole is right above the bit for virtually dust-free routering, and the connector is a friction fit so it can be removed in an instant.’

138. ‘Turn on the router and position the stock, angled so that the back of the piece rests on the table, but the front of the piece is just above the bit at the first mark.’

139. ‘Start your router with the piece raised above the bit and the lines positioned like this, and then push the stock down onto the bit and then keeping the stock against the fence, push the stock from right to left till the bit pops out the back.’

140. ‘The next step in the evolution of locks was the invention of the "bit".’

141. ‘It has lever tumblers that require a key with a bit, or projecting part, of proper depth and position.’

142. ‘To take the impression the bit of a flat blank key of the correct size was covered with a layer of wax.’

143. ‘The soldering iron bit should be cleaned.’

144. ‘The bit then fits over or inside the heating element dependent on the design of the soldering iron.’

145. ‘The bit may be heated in many different ways.’

146. ‘However, they can experience behavioral problems when ridden, many coming back to bad experiences with what type of bit was used and how they were initially bitted.’

147. ‘I began long-lining him and bitting him up, teaching him that there was more to life than galloping in a straight line.’

148. ‘What Is The Best Way To bit A Horse?’

149. ‘My own hysteria was bitted by upbringing and respect.’

150. ‘If it hadn’t been for this fellow here who disclosed it all, they’d have bitted me and led me along with their tricks till the end of time.’

151. ‘For example, is it important to discuss computer bits, bytes, disk drives and the like in an agricultural mechanics textbook?’

152. ‘I now know there are eight bits in a byte, and 1024 megabytes in a gigabyte.’

153. ‘The interesting thing is to watch them write a subroutine that counts all the bits in a byte, then ask them to make it much, much faster.’

154. ‘How do we turn these unique numbers - known as code points in the Unicode universe - into bits and bytes?’

155. ‘It's complex because you're talking about bits and bytes of software, radio frequencies, protocols and a litany of technical items.’

156. a bit of lint

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