bit


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bit \Bit\ (Computers) [binary digit.]
   1. the smallest unit of information, equivalent to a choice
      between two alternatives, as yes or no; on or off.
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   2. (Computers) the physical representation of a bit of
      information in a computer memory or a data storage medium.
      Within a computer circuit a bit may be represented by the
      state of a current or an electrical charge; in a magnetic
      storage medium it may be represented by the direction of
      magnetization; on a punched card or on paper tape it may
      be represented by the presence or absence of a hole at a
      particular point on the card or tape.
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   Bit my bit, piecemeal. --Pope.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bit \Bit\ (b[i^]t), n. [OE. bitt, bite, AS. bite, bite, fr.
   b[imac]tan to bite. See Bite, n. & v., and cf. Bit a
   morsel.]
   1. The part of a bridle, usually of iron, which is inserted
      in the mouth of a horse, and having appendages to which
      the reins are fastened. --Shak.
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            The foamy bridle with the bit of gold. --Chaucer.
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   2. Fig.: Anything which curbs or restrains.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bit \Bit\, n.
   In the British West Indies, a fourpenny piece, or groat.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bit \Bit\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bitted; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Bitting.]
   To put a bridle upon; to put the bit in the mouth of.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bit \Bit\,
   imp. & p. p. of Bite.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bit \Bit\, n. [OE. bite, AS. bita, fr. b[imac]tan to bite; akin
   to D. beet, G. bissen bit, morsel, Icel. biti. See Bite,
   v., and cf. Bit part of a bridle.]
   1. A part of anything, such as may be bitten off or taken
      into the mouth; a morsel; a bite. Hence: A small piece of
      anything; a little; a mite.
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   2. Somewhat; something, but not very great.
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            My young companion was a bit of a poet. --T. Hook.
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   Note: This word is used, also, like jot and whit, to express
         the smallest degree; as, he is not a bit wiser.
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   3. A tool for boring, of various forms and sizes, usually
      turned by means of a brace or bitstock. See Bitstock.
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   4. The part of a key which enters the lock and acts upon the
      bolt and tumblers. --Knight.
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   5. The cutting iron of a plane. --Knight.
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   6. In the Southern and Southwestern States, a small silver
      coin (as the real) formerly current; commonly, one worth
      about 12 1/2 cents; also, the sum of 12 1/2 cents.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bite \Bite\ (b[imac]t), v. t. [imp. Bit (b[i^]t); p. p.
   Bitten (b[i^]t"t'n), Bit; p. pr. & vb. n. Biting.] [OE.
   biten, AS. b[imac]tan; akin to D. bijten, OS. b[imac]tan,
   OHG. b[imac]zan, G. beissen, Goth. beitan, Icel. b[imac]ta,
   Sw. bita, Dan. bide, L. findere to cleave, Skr. bhid to
   cleave. [root]87. Cf. Fissure.]
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   1. To seize with the teeth, so that they enter or nip the
      thing seized; to lacerate, crush, or wound with the teeth;
      as, to bite an apple; to bite a crust; the dog bit a man.
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            Such smiling rogues as these,
            Like rats, oft bite the holy cords atwain. --Shak.
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   2. To puncture, abrade, or sting with an organ (of some
      insects) used in taking food.
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   3. To cause sharp pain, or smarting, to; to hurt or injure,
      in a literal or a figurative sense; as, pepper bites the
      mouth. "Frosts do bite the meads." --Shak.
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   4. To cheat; to trick; to take in. [Colloq.] --Pope.
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   5. To take hold of; to hold fast; to adhere to; as, the
      anchor bites the ground.
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            The last screw of the rack having been turned so
            often that its purchase crumbled, . . . it turned
            and turned with nothing to bite.      --Dickens.
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   To bite the dust, To bite the ground, to fall in the
      agonies of death; as, he made his enemy bite the dust.

   To bite in (Etching), to corrode or eat into metallic
      plates by means of an acid.

   To bite the thumb at (any one), formerly a mark of
      contempt, designed to provoke a quarrel; to defy. "Do you
      bite your thumb at us?" --Shak.

   To bite the tongue, to keep silence. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bit \Bit\,
   3d sing. pr. of Bid, for biddeth. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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