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[n] the cutting part of a drill; usually pointed and threaded and is replaceable in a brace or bitstock or drill press; "he looked around for the right size bit"
[n] piece of metal held in horse's mouth by reins and used to control the horse while riding; "the horse was not accustomed to a bit"
[n] a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program; "he did his act three times every evening"; "she had a catchy little routine"; "it was one of the best numbers he ever did"
[n] a small fragment; "overheard snatches of their conversation"
[n] an instance of some kind; "it was a nice piece of work"; "he had a bit of good luck"
[n] a small amount of solid food; a mouthful; "all they had left was a bit of bread"
[n] a small fragment of something broken off from the whole; "a bit of rock caught him in the eye"
[n] a unit of measurement of information (from Binary + digIT); the amount of information in a system having two equiprobable states; "there are 8 bits in a byte"
[n] (British) a small quantity; "a spot of tea"; "a bit of paper"
[n] an indefinitely short time; "wait just a moment"; "it only takes a minute"; "in just a bit"
[adj] injured by bites or stings; "leaving the biter bit"; "her poor mosquito-bitten legs"

Misc. Definitions

\Bit\, n. [OE. bitt, bite, AS. bite, bite, fr. b[=i]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. The foamy bridle with the bit of gold. --Chaucer.
2. Fig.: Anything which curbs or restrains.
\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.
\Bit\, imp. & p. p. of {Bite}.
\Bit\, n. [OE. bite, AS. bita, fr. b[=i]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.
2. Somewhat; something, but not very great. My young companion was a bit of a poet. --T. Hook. Note: This word is used, also, like jot and whit, to express the smallest degree; as, he is not a bit wiser.
3. A tool for boring, of various forms and sizes, usually turned by means of a brace or bitstock. See {Bitstock}.
4. The part of a key which enters the lock and acts upon the bolt and tumblers. --Knight.
5. The cutting iron of a plane. --Knight.
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. {Bit my bit}, piecemeal. --Pope.
\Bit\, 3d sing. pr. of {Bid}, for biddeth. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
\Bit\, n. In the British West Indies, a fourpenny piece, or groat.

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