- a removable drilling or boring tool for use in a brace, drill press, or the like.
- a removable boring head used on certain kinds of drills, as a rock drill.
- a device for drilling oil wells or the like, consisting of a horizontally rotating blade or an assembly of rotating toothed wheels.
- the mouthpiece of a bridle, having fittings at each end to which the reins are fastened.
- anything that curbs or restrains.
- the blade or iron of a carpenter's plane.
- the cutting part of an ax or hatchet.
- the wide portion at the end of an ordinary key that moves the bolt.
- to put a bit in the mouth of (a horse).
- to curb or restrain with, or as with, a bit.
- to grind a bit on (a key).
- take the bit in/between one's teeth, to cast off control; willfully go one's own way: He took the bit in his teeth and acted against his parents' wishes.
Origin of bit1
- Also called bollard. a strong post of wood or iron projecting, usually in pairs, above the deck of a ship, used for securing cables, lines for towing, etc.
- to wrap (a cable) around a bitt to secure it.
Origin of bitt
- simple past tense and a past participle of bite.
Examples from the Web for bitted
They're young thorough-breds,—most of them never backed; some not bitted.Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2)
So he was to be bitted and bridled, it seemed, in the future.Marriage la mode
Mrs. Humphry Ward
So bitted as to enable the cable to be nipped or rendered with ease.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
He rides the biggest whirlwind—he has got it saddled and bitted.The Outcry
That great river, the river Euphrates, is bitted with its girders and caissons.The Cradle of Mankind
- one of a pair of strong posts on the deck of a ship for securing mooring and other lines
- another word for bollard (def. 1)
- (tr) to secure (a line) by means of a bitt
- a small piece, portion, or quantity
- a short time or distance
- US and Canadian informal the value of an eighth of a dollar: spoken of only in units of twotwo bits
- any small coin
- short for bit part
- informal way of behaving, esp one intended to create a particular impressionshe's doing the prima donna bit
- a bit rather; somewhata bit dreary
- a bit of
- rathera bit of a dope
- a considerable amountthat must take quite a bit of courage
- a bit of all right, a bit of crumpet, a bit of stuff or a bit of tail British slang a sexually attractive woman
- bit by bit gradually
- bit on the side informal an extramarital affair
- do one's bit to make one's expected contribution
- every bit (foll by as) to the same degreeshe was every bit as clever as her brother
- not a bit or not a bit of it not in the slightest; not at all
- to bits completely apartto fall to bits
- a metal mouthpiece, for controlling a horse on a bridle
- anything that restrains or curbs
- take the bit in one's teeth, take the bit between one's teeth, have the bit in one's teeth or have the bit between one's teeth
- to undertake a task with determination
- to rebel against control
- a cutting or drilling tool, part, or head in a brace, drill, etc
- the blade of a woodworking plane
- the part of a pair of pincers designed to grasp an object
- the copper end of a soldering iron
- the part of a key that engages the levers of a lock
- to put a bit in the mouth of (a horse)
- to restrain; curb
- the past tense and (archaic) past participle of bite
- a single digit of binary notation, represented either by 0 or by 1
- the smallest unit of information, indicating the presence or absence of a single feature
- a unit of capacity of a computer, consisting of an element of its physical structure capable of being in either of two states, such as a switch with on and off positions, or a microscopic magnet capable of alignment in two directions
Word Origin and History for bitted
"small piece," c.1200; related Old English bite "act of biting," and bita "piece bitten off," probably are the source of the modern words meaning "boring-piece of a drill" (1590s), "mouthpiece of a horse's bridle" (mid-14c.), and "a piece bitten off, morsel" (c.1000). All from Proto-Germanic *biton (cf. Old Saxon biti, Old Norse bit, Old Frisian bite, Middle Dutch bete, Old High German bizzo "biting," German Bissen "a bite, morsel"), from PIE root *bheid- "to split" (see fissure).
Meaning "small piece, fragment" is from c.1600. Sense of "short space of time" is 1650s. Theatrical bit part is from 1909. Money sense in two bits, etc. is originally from Southern U.S. and West Indies, in reference to silver wedges cut or stamped from Spanish dollars (later Mexican reals); transferred to "eighth of a dollar."
computerese word, 1948 abbreviation coined by U.S. computer pioneer John W. Tukey (1915-2000) of binary digit, probably chosen for its identity with bit (n.1).
past tense of bite.
- The smallest unit of computer memory. A bit holds one of two possible values, either of the binary digits 0 or 1. The term comes from the phrase binary digit. See Note at byte.
The smallest unit of information. One bit corresponds to a “yes” or “no.” Some examples of a bit of information: whether a light is on or off, whether a switch (like a transistor) is on or off, whether a grain of magnetized iron points up or down.
Idioms and Phrases with bitted
In addition to the idiom beginning with bit
- bit by bit
- bite off more than one can chew
- bite one's nails
- bite one's tongue
- bite someone's head off
- bite the bullet
- bite the dust
- bite the hand that feeds you