bit

1
[ bit ]
/ bɪt /

noun

verb (used with object), bit·ted, bit·ting.

Idioms for bit

    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 bit

1
before 900; Middle English bite, Old English: action of biting; cognate with German Biss, Old Norse bit. See bite

OTHER WORDS FROM bit

bit·less, adjective

Definition for bit (2 of 6)

bit2
[ bit ]
/ bɪt /

noun

Origin of bit

2
before 1000; Middle English bite, Old English bita bit, morsel; cognate with German Bissen, Old Norse biti. See bite

Definition for bit (3 of 6)

bit3
[ bit ]
/ bɪt /

noun Computers.

Also called binary digit. a single, basic unit of information, used in connection with computers and information theory.

Origin of bit

3
First recorded in 1945–50; b(inary) + (dig)it

Definition for bit (4 of 6)

bit4
[ bit ]
/ bɪt /

verb

simple past tense and a past participle of bite.

Definition for bit (5 of 6)

bite
[ bahyt ]
/ baɪt /

verb (used with object), bit, bit·ten or bit, bit·ing.

verb (used without object), bit, bit·ten or bit, bit·ing.

noun

Origin of bite

before 1000; Middle English biten, Old English bītan; cognate with Old High German bīzan (German beissen), Gothic beitan, Old Norse bīta; akin to Latin findere to split

OTHER WORDS FROM bite

bit·a·ble, bite·a·ble, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bite

bight bite byte

Definition for bit (6 of 6)

B.I.T.

Bachelor of Industrial Technology.
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British Dictionary definitions for bit (1 of 5)

bit1
/ (bɪt) /

noun

Word Origin for bit

Old English bite action of biting; see bite

British Dictionary definitions for bit (2 of 5)

bit2
/ (bɪt) /

noun

verb bits, bitting or bitted (tr)

to put a bit in the mouth of (a horse)
to restrain; curb

Word Origin for bit

Old English bita; related to Old English bītan to bite

British Dictionary definitions for bit (3 of 5)

bit3
/ (bɪt) /

verb

the past tense and (archaic) past participle of bite

British Dictionary definitions for bit (4 of 5)

bit4
/ (bɪt) /

noun maths computing

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 for bit

C20: from abbreviation of binary digit

British Dictionary definitions for bit (5 of 5)

bite
/ (baɪt) /

verb bites, biting, bit or bitten

noun

Derived forms of bite

biter, noun

Word Origin for bite

Old English bītan; related to Latin findere to split, Sanskrit bhedati he splits
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Medical definitions for bit

bite
[ bīt ]

v.

To cut, grip, or tear with the teeth.
To pierce the skin of with the teeth, fangs, or mouthparts.

n.

The act of biting.
A puncture or laceration of the skin by the teeth of an animal or the mouthparts of an insect or similar organism.
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Scientific definitions for bit

bit
[ bĭt ]

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.
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Cultural definitions for bit

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.

notes for bit

The information in a digital computer is stored in the form of bits.
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Idioms and Phrases with bit (1 of 2)

bit

Idioms and Phrases with bit (2 of 2)

bite

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