- 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.
verb (used with object), bit·ted, bit·ting.
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Idioms for bit
Origin of bit1
OTHER WORDS FROM bitbitless, adjective
Words nearby bit
Definition for bit (2 of 5)
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Example sentences from the Web for bit
This one is perhaps a bit too complex to capture in a sentence or two, so see our previous coverage of NDB here.Here are the 19 companies presenting at Alchemist Accelerator Demo Day XXV today|Greg Kumparak|September 17, 2020|TechCrunch
As a result, the waves travel a bit faster when the water is warmer.Underwater earthquakes’ sound waves reveal changes in ocean warming|Carolyn Gramling|September 17, 2020|Science News
She is juggling a lot and is plowing through, but wants to take care of herself naturally and sometimes a bit indulgently.Tower 28 Announces Winner Of The Clean Beauty Summer School Program|Hope Wright|September 17, 2020|Essence.com
Elsewhere, the software feels a bit zippier than on the Series 5, thanks to Apple’s improved S6 processor chip.Apple Watch Series 6 first impressions: A stretchy addition looks great|Aaron Pressman|September 17, 2020|Fortune
At the time of the 1790 census, Virginia had a bit less than 13 times the population of Delaware.
In a bit of foreshadowing, he repeated that opinion in November.
Even the hot Jewish women I mentioned above did something a bit more “intellectual” than pageantry: acting.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
His peers remember him as a bright man who spoke softly and occasionally came across as a bit shy.
She narrowed her eyes, bit her lip as if to chew over the question, and whisked some stray blond hairs away from her face.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It reminded me a bit of an alternative take on The Wolf of Wall Street—through the Toni and Candace lens.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
After a bit of waiting, Mac decided that the smoke was floating from a certain direction, and we began to edge carefully that way.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
The sudden pall of darkness in this strange house of mystery was just a tiny bit awesome.The Boarded-Up House|Augusta Huiell Seaman
Things looked anxious for a bit, but by this morning's dawn all are dug in, cool, confident.
Nogués and his brave lads have done their bit indeed for the glory of the Army of France.
Kum Kale has been a brilliant bit of work, though I fear we have lost nearly a quarter of our effectives.
British Dictionary definitions for bit (1 of 4)
- rathera bit of a dope
- a considerable amountthat must take quite a bit of courage
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British Dictionary definitions for bit (2 of 4)
- to undertake a task with determination
- to rebel against control
verb bits, bitting or bitted (tr)
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British Dictionary definitions for bit (3 of 4)
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noun maths computing
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Scientific definitions for bit
Cultural definitions for bit
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.
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Idioms and Phrases with bit
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
- a bit
- champ at the bit
- do one's bit
- every bit
- not a bit
- quite a bit
- take the bit in one's mouth
- two bits