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English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Old English bita and bite - all from Proto-Germanic *biton, from Proto-Indo-European *bheid- (to split).

Noun

Singular
bit

Plural
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bit ({{{1}}})
  1. A piece of metal placed in a horse's mouth and connected to reins to direct the animal.
  2. A rotary cutting tool fitted to a drill, used to make holes.
  3. An eighth of a dollar. Note that there is no coin minted worth 12.5 cents.
    A quarter is two bits.
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A coin of a specified value.
    A threepenny bit.
  5. A small piece of something.
    There were bits of paper all over the floor.
  6. A portion of something.
    I'd like a big bit of cake, please.
  7. (slang) A prison sentence.
  8. An excerpt of material from a stand-up comedian's repertoire.
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Adverb

bit (not comparable)

Positive
bit

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. To a small extent; in a small amount (usually with "a").
    That's a bit too sweet.

Etymology 2

See bite

Verb

bit

  1. Simple past of bite.
    Your dog bit me!

Etymology 3

Coined by John Tukey in 1946 as an abbreviation of binary digit, probably influenced by connotations of “small portion”.[1][2] Compare byte and nybble.

Noun

Singular
bit

Plural
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bit ({{{1}}})
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A binary digit, generally represented as a 1 or 0.
  2. (computing) The smallest unit of storage in a digital computer, consisting of a binary digit.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Any datum that may take on one of exactly two values.
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Croatian

Noun

bit

  1. (gen.) essence.

Czech

Pronunciation

Etymology

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Noun

bit m.

  1. (computing) bit

Declension


Dutch

Noun

bit n.

  1. bit (for a working animal)
  2. bit (rotary cutting tool)
  3. bit (binary digit)
  4. bit (unit of storage)
  5. bit (datum with two possible values)

Spanish

Noun

bit m. (plural bits)

Singular
bit m.

Plural
bits m.

  1. bit (binary digit)

Swedish

Etymology 1

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Pronunciation

Noun

Inflection for bit Singular Plural
common Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative bit biten bitar bitarna
Genitive bits bitens bitars bitarnas

bit

  1. bit (small piece)
  2. bit (portion)

Etymology 2

From English bit < binary digit.

Noun

Inflection for bit Singular Plural
common Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative bit biten bitar bitarna
Genitive bits bitens bitars bitarnas

bit

  1. bit (binary digit)
  2. bit (unit of storage)

Etymology 3

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Verb

bit

  1. Imperative of bita.

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Turkish

Verb

bit

  1. end (imperative - see "bitmek")

Noun

bit

  1. louse

Declension

singular plural
nominative bit bitler
accusative biti bitleri
dative bite bitlere
locative bitte bitlerde
ablative bitten bitlerden
genitive bitin bitlerin

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