Bit - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |bɪt|  American pronunciation of the word bit
Brit.  |bɪt|  British pronunciation of the word bit
- this word is a past tense form of the irregular verbto bite
- a small piece or quantity of something (syn: spot)
- a small fragment of something broken off from the whole (syn: chip, flake, fleck, scrap)
- an indefinitely short time (syn: minute, mo, moment, second)
- an instance of some kind (syn: piece)
- piece of metal held in horse's mouth by reins and used to control the horse while riding
- a unit of measurement of information (from binary + digit); the amount of information in a system having two equiprobable states
- a small amount of solid food; a mouthful (syn: bite, morsel)
- a small fragment (syn: snatch)
- a short performance that is part of a longer program (syn: act, number, routine, turn)
- the part of a key that enters a lock and lifts the tumblers
- the cutting part of a drill; usually pointed and threaded and is replaceable in a brace or bitstock or drill press


He's into jogging, squash, aerobics, the whole exercise bit.

He is a bit long in the tooth.

Could you turn the TV up a bit?

That's a bit odd.

'Are you sorry to be leaving?' 'Yes, I am a bit.'

Aren't you being a little bit unfair?

I think you're a bit too young to be watching this.

She looks a bit like my sister.

I feel a bit better now.

I used to act a bit when I was younger.

I may need a bit of help.

He still likes to do a bit of gardening.

I want to spend a bit of time with him before he goes.

With a bit of luck we should have finished by five o'clock.

Everyone needs a little bit of encouragement.

Word forms

singular: bit
plural: bits
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