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BIT (bitted, bitting)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bit mean? 

BIT (noun)
  The noun BIT has 10 senses:

1. a small quantity
2. a small fragment of something broken off from the whole
3. an indefinitely short time
4. an instance of some kind
5. piece of metal held in horse's mouth by reins and used to control the horse while riding
6. a unit of measurement of information (from binary + digit); the amount of information in a system having two equiprobable states
7. a small amount of solid food; a mouthful
8. a small fragment
9. a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program
10. the cutting part of a drill; usually pointed and threaded and is replaceable in a brace or bitstock or drill press

  Familiarity information: BIT used as a noun is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


BIT (noun)


Sense 1bit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A small quantity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

bit; spot

Context examples:

a spot of tea / a bit of paper

Hypernyms ("bit" is a kind of...):

small indefinite amount; small indefinite quantity (an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude)

Domain region:

Britain; GB; Great Britain; U.K.; UK; United Kingdom; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland)


Sense 2bit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A small fragment of something broken off from the whole

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

chip; fleck; scrap; bit; flake

Context example:

a bit of rock caught him in the eye

Hypernyms ("bit" is a kind of...):

fragment (a piece broken off or cut off of something else)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bit"):

sliver; splinter (a small thin sharp bit or wood or glass or metal)

scurf ((botany) a covering that resembles scales or bran that covers some plant parts)

exfoliation; scale; scurf (a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin)

matchwood (fragments of wood)


Sense 3bit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An indefinitely short time

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

minute; moment; second; bit

Context examples:

wait just a moment / it only takes a minute / in just a bit

Hypernyms ("bit" is a kind of...):

time (an indefinite period (usually marked by specific attributes or activities))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bit"):

blink of an eye; flash; heartbeat; instant; jiffy; New York minute; split second; trice; twinkling; wink (a very short time (as the time it takes the eye blink or the heart to beat))


Sense 4bit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An instance of some kind

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

bit; piece

Context examples:

it was a nice piece of work / he had a bit of good luck

Hypernyms ("bit" is a kind of...):

case; example; instance (an occurrence of something)


Sense 5bit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Piece of metal held in horse's mouth by reins and used to control the horse while riding

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context example:

the horse was not accustomed to a bit

Hypernyms ("bit" is a kind of...):

saddlery; stable gear; tack (gear for a horse)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bit"):

snaffle; snaffle bit (a simple jointed bit for a horse; without a curb)

Pelham (a bit with a bar mouthpiece that is designed to combine a curb and snaffle)

curb; curb bit (a horse's bit with an attached chain or strap to check the horse)

bridoon (a bit resembling a snaffle bit; used with a separate curb)

bar bit (a bit for horses that is a solid bar of metal)

Holonyms ("bit" is a part of...):

bridle (headgear for a horse; includes a headstall and bit and reins to give the rider or driver control)


Sense 6bit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A unit of measurement of information (from binary + digit); the amount of information in a system having two equiprobable states

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Context example:

there are 8 bits in a byte

Hypernyms ("bit" is a kind of...):

unit; unit of measurement (any division of quantity accepted as a standard of measurement or exchange)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bit"):

check bit; parity; parity bit ((computer science) a bit that is used in an error detection procedure in which a 0 or 1 is added to each group of bits so that it will have either an odd number of 1's or an even number of 1's; e.g., if the parity is odd then any group of bits that arrives with an even number of 1's must contain an error)

Holonyms ("bit" is a part of...):

byte (a sequence of 8 bits (enough to represent one character of alphanumeric data) processed as a single unit of information)


Sense 7bit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A small amount of solid food; a mouthful

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Synonyms:

morsel; bite; bit

Context example:

all they had left was a bit of bread

Hypernyms ("bit" is a kind of...):

mouthful; taste (a small amount eaten or drunk)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bit"):

chaw; chew; cud; plug; quid; wad (a wad of something chewable as tobacco)

crumb (small piece of e.g. bread or cake)

sop; sops (piece of solid food for dipping in a liquid)


Sense 8bit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A small fragment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

snatch; bit

Context example:

overheard snatches of their conversation

Hypernyms ("bit" is a kind of...):

fragment (an incomplete piece)


Sense 9bit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

routine; number; act; bit; turn

Context examples:

he did his act three times every evening / she had a catchy little routine / it was one of the best numbers he ever did

Hypernyms ("bit" is a kind of...):

performance; public presentation (a dramatic or musical entertainment)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bit"):

show-stopper; showstopper; stopper (an act so striking or impressive that the show must be delayed until the audience quiets down)


Sense 10bit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The cutting part of a drill; usually pointed and threaded and is replaceable in a brace or bitstock or drill press

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context example:

he looked around for the right size bit

Hypernyms ("bit" is a kind of...):

cutting implement (a tool used for cutting or slicing)

Meronyms (parts of "bit"):

shank (cylinder forming the part of a bit by which it is held in the drill)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "bit"):

bur; burr (small bit used in dentistry or surgery)

twist bit; twist drill (a bit or drill having deep helical grooves)

spade bit (a thin bit with a center point and cutting edges on either side)

pilot bit (a small bit that drills a first hole to guide a larger drill)

expansion bit; expansive bit (a bit with a cutting blade that can be adjusted to different sizes)

drill bit; drilling bit (a bit used in drilling for oil)

counterbore; countersink; countersink bit (a bit for enlarging the upper part of a hole)

chamfer bit (a bit that is used for beveling)

center bit; centre bit (a bit with a sharp center point for guidance and two side cutters)

Holonyms ("bit" is a part of...):

drill (a tool with a sharp point and cutting edges for making holes in hard materials (usually rotating rapidly or by repeated blows))


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