"Bit" Definition

Definitions for the word "Bit" from multiple English dictionaries.

1. n.
1 small piece or quantity. 2 (prec. By a) fair amount (sold quite a bit). 3 often colloq. Short or small time, distance, or amount (wait a bit; move up a bit; a bit tired; a bit of an idiot). bit by bit gradually. Do one''s bit colloq. Make a useful contribution. [old english]
Source: Oxford English Dictionary, 1884
2. n.
1 metal mouthpiece of a bridle. 2 tool or piece for boring or drilling. 3 cutting or gripping part of a plane, pincers, etc. [old english]
Source: Oxford English Dictionary, 1884
3. n.
Computing unit of information expressed as a choice between two possibilities. [binary digit]
Source: Oxford English Dictionary, 1884
4. slang
fourpence; in America a 12-1/2 cent piece is called a BIT, and a defaced 20 cent piece is termed a LONG BIT. A BIT is the smallest coin in Jamaica, equal to 6d. BIT usually means the smallest silver coin in circulation; also a piece of money of any kind. Charles Bannister, the witty singer and actor, one day meeting a Bow Street runner with a man in custody, asked what the prisoner had done; and being told that he had stolen a bridle, and had been detected in the act of selling it, said, “Ah, then, he wanted to touch the BIT.”
Source: The Slang Dictionary, 1864

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