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Dictionary definition for: Bit

1. (n) a small quantity; "a spot of tea" "a bit of paper"

2. (n) a small fragment of something broken off from the whole; "a bit of rock caught him in the eye"

3. (n) an indefinitely short time; "wait just a moment" "it only takes a minute" "in just a bit"

4. (n) an instance of some kind; "it was a nice piece of work" "he had a bit of good luck"

5. (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"

6. (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"

7. (n) a small amount of solid food; a mouthful; "all they had left was a bit of bread"

8. (n) a small fragment; "overheard snatches of their conversation"

9. (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"

10. (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"

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