bitting

[ bit-ing ]
/ ˈbɪt ɪŋ /

noun

one of the indentations on the bit of a key.

Origin of bitting

Definition for bitting (2 of 4)

bit1
[ bit ]
/ bɪt /

noun

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

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 bitting (3 of 4)

bitt
[ bit ]
/ bɪt /
Nautical

noun

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.

verb (used with object)

to wrap (a cable) around a bitt to secure it.

Origin of bitt

Middle English, perhaps < Dutch or Low German; compare Dutch, Low German beting, in same sense, akin to Middle High German bizze wooden peg, Old Norse biti crossbeam

Definition for bitting (4 of 4)

bit4
[ bit ]
/ bɪt /

verb

simple past tense and a past participle of bite.
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British Dictionary definitions for bitting (1 of 5)

bitt
/ (bɪt) nautical /

noun

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)

verb

(tr) to secure (a line) by means of a bitt

Word Origin for bitt

C14: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse biti cross beam, Middle High German bizze wooden peg

British Dictionary definitions for bitting (2 of 5)

bit1
/ (bɪt) /

noun

Word Origin for bit

Old English bite action of biting; see bite

British Dictionary definitions for bitting (3 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 bitting (4 of 5)

bit3
/ (bɪt) /

verb

the past tense and (archaic) past participle of bite

British Dictionary definitions for bitting (5 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
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Scientific definitions for bitting

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 bitting

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 bitting

bit

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