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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun bit:


Bit is sometimes a misspelling of bite, dart or gate.

The word bit is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun bit

What does bit mean as a name of something?

Bit is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: bits

  1. a small piece or quantity of something
  2. a small fragment of something broken off from the whole
    • example: a bit of rock caught him in the eye
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • synonyms of bit: chip / flake / fleck / scrap
    • more generic word: fragment = a piece broken off or cut off of something else
    • more specific words:
      • matchwood = fragments of wood
      • exfoliation / scale / scurf = a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin
      • scurf = a covering that resembles scales or bran that covers some plant parts
      • splinter / sliver = a small thin sharp bit or wood or glass or metal
  3. an indefinitely short time
  4. an instance of some kind
    • example: he had a bit of good luck
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonym of bit: piece
    • more generic words: case / example / instance = an occurrence of something
  5. piece of metal held in horse's mouth by reins and used to control the horse while riding
    • example: the horse was not accustomed to a bit
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic terms: saddlery / stable gear / tack = gear for a horse
    • more specific terms:
      • bar bit = a bit for horses that is a solid bar of metal
      • bridoon = a bit resembling a snaffle bit
      • curb bit / curb = a horse's bit with an attached chain or strap to check the horse
      • Pelham = a bit with a bar mouthpiece that is designed to combine a curb and snaffle
      • snaffle bit / snaffle = a simple jointed bit for a horse
    • part of: bridle = headgear for a horse
  6. a unit of measurement of information (from binary + digit); the amount of information in a system having two equiprobable states
    • example: there are 8 bits in a byte
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • more generic terms: unit / unit of measurement = any division of quantity accepted as a standard of measurement or exchange
    • more specific terms:
      • high bit = the most significant bit in a byte
      • parity bit / check bit / parity = a bit that is used in an error detection procedure in which a 0 or 1 is added to each group of bits so that it will have either an odd number of 1's or an even number of 1's
    • part of: byte = a sequence of 8 bits (enough to represent one character of alphanumeric data) processed as a single unit of information
  7. a small amount of solid food; a mouthful
    • example: all they had left was a bit of bread
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • alternative spelling: bite
    • synonym of bit: morsel
    • more generic words: mouthful / taste = a small amount eaten or drunk
    • more specific words:
      • chaw / chew / plug / quid / cud / wad = a wad of something chewable as tobacco
      • crumb = small piece of e.g. bread or cake
      • sops / sop = piece of solid food for dipping in a liquid
  8. a small fragment
  9. a short performance that is part of a longer program
  10. the part of a key that enters a lock and lifts the tumblers
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: part / portion = something less than the whole of a human artifact
    • part of: key = metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated
  11. the cutting part of a drill; usually pointed and threaded and is replaceable in a brace or bitstock or drill press
    • example: he looked around for the right size bit
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic term: cutting implement = a tool used for cutting or slicing
    • more specific terms:
    • part of: drill = a tool with a sharp point and cutting edges for making holes in hard materials
    • part: shank = cylinder forming the part of a bit by which it is held in the drill

Alternative definition of the noun bit


  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. [US] An eighth of a dollar. Note that there is no coin minted worth 12.5 cents. (When this term first came into use, the Spanish 8 reales coin was widely used as a dollar equivalent, and thus the 1 real coin was equivalent to 12.5 cents.)
  4. [context: dated, British] A coin of a specified value. (Also used for a nine-pence coin in the British Caribbean.)
  5. A small amount of something.
  6. Specifically, a small amount of time.
  7. [rfquote-sense] A portion of something.
  8. [slang] A prison sentence.
  9. An excerpt of material from a composition or show.
  10. [context: mathematics, computing] A binary digit, generally represented as a 1 or 0.
    • synonym: b
  11. [computing] The smallest unit of storage in a digital computer, consisting of a binary digit.
  12. [context: information theory, cryptography] Any datum that may take on one of exactly two values.

Specialised definition of the noun bit

Glossary of sports / equestrian

the metal mouthpiece to which the reins are attached

Definition of the adverb bit

What does bit mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. To a small extent; in a small amount (usually with "a").


BIT a.k.a. The BIT International College, formerly the Bohol Institute of Technology or BIT, is a private, non-sectarian, co-educational tertiary institution of higher learning in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines.


Bit is a new media company that specializes in content management and editing for all digital platforms and electronic media channels: mobile content services, internet websites and video on demand.


  1. Bit is a fictional character from the 1974 film Successive Slidings of Pleasure.
  2. Bit is a fictional character from Doughboys.
  3. Bit is a fictional character from the 2008 animated TV show Net Ghost PiPoPa.
    • also known as Bitto
  4. Bit is a fictional character from the 1930 film Grumpy.
  5. Bit is a fictional character from the 1908 film Romeo and Juliet.
  6. Bit is a character from the movie Tron. Representing a bit, it was only capable of providing yes or no answers to any question. Despite this it still managed to convey emotion and other levels of complexity.
  7. Bit is a fictional character from the 1993 film Groundhog Day.
  8. Bit is a fictional character from the 1956 film The Eddy Duchin Story.
  9. Bit is a fictional character from the 1984 film Sixteen Candles.
  10. Bit is a fictional character from the 1985 film Weird Science.
  11. Bit is a fictional character from the 1993 film Sleepless in Seattle.
  12. Bit is a fictional character from the 1992 anime TV series Floral Magician Mary Bell.

There are other characters with in their name, like Bit's and Bit part.


  1. "Bit" is a musical album of Daniele Groff.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  2. "Bit" is a musical album of André Herman Düne.
    • released in (8 years ago)
  3. "Bit" is a musical album of MILKRUN.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  4. "Bit" is a cataloged instance, composition.


"Bit" is a 2010 short film written and directed by Jonathan Kable.

  • country: Australia
  • released in (6 years ago)


  1. Bit: The word bit is a colloquial expression referring to specific coins in various coinages throughout the world.
  2. The bit of a key is the part that actually engages the locking mechanism of a lock.
    • also known as Bitting
  3. Bit a.k.a. Bachelor of Information Technology: A Bachelor of Information Technology is an undergraduate academic degree that generally requires three to five years of study. While the degree has a major focus on computers and technology, it differs from a Computer Science degree in that students are also expected to study management and information science, and there are reduced requirements for mathematics. A degree in computer science can be expected to concentrate on the scientific aspects of computing, while a degree in information technology can be expected to concentrate on the business and communication applications of computing. There is more emphasis on these two areas in the e-commerce, e-business and business information technology undergraduate courses. Specific names for the degrees vary across countries, and even universities within countries.
  4. Bit a.k.a. Bit Language: Bit is an Austroasiatic language spoken by around 1,500 people in northern Laos, concentrated in the provinces of Louang Namtha and Phongsali. There are thought to be about another 500 speakers over the border in Yunnan Province, China. It has been classified as Khmuic, Palaungic, and as Mangic.
  5. Bit a.k.a. Ptpns1 is a protein.
  6. Bit a.k.a. .bit is a top-level domain that was created outside of the most commonly used domain name system of the Internet, and is not sanctioned by ICANN. The .bit domain is served via the Namecoin infrastructure, which acts as an alternative, decentralized domain name system. Use of the .bit domain requires a copy of the Namecoin blockchain, a supporting public DNS server, or a web browser plug-in.
  7. Bit a.k.a. Shp1 is a protein.
    • read more about Shp1
  8. Bit a.k.a. Berinomo Language: Bitara, or Berinomo, is a Sepik language spoken in East Sepik Province, Papua-New Guinea.
    • also known as Bitara
  9. Bit a.k.a. Baker Island Time Zone is a time zone.
  10. Bit a.k.a. signal-regulatory protein alpha is a gene.
    • also known as brain-immunoglobulin-like molecule with tyrosine-based activation motifs; tyrosine phosphatase SHP substrate 1; macrophage fusion receptor; protein tyrosine phosphatase, non-receptor type substrate 1; signal regulatory protein, alpha type 1; myd-1 antigen; signal regulatory protein, alpha type 2; SHP substrate-1

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Bit

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Google previewPHP Cookbook (2014)

Solutions & Examples for PHP Programmers by David Sklar, Adam Trachtenberg

The setuid bit means that when a program is run, it runs with the user ID of its owner. The setgid bit means that a program runs with the group ID ofits group. For a directory, the setgid bit means that new files in the directory are created by ...

Google previewNatural and Artificial Reasoning (2014)

An Exploration of Modelling Human Thinking by Tom Addis

Here the bit is the mechanical equivalent of Wittgenstein's referent objects. The bit, if taken as a detectable...

Google previewObject-Oriented Programming Using C++ (2008)

by Joyce Farrell

A bit is a binary digit. A byte is eight binary digits; on many systems it is the amount of storage required to store a single character, such as an alphabetic letter or punctuation mark. When a field is type unsigned int, then it must be positive, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language (1775)

Answering at Once the Purposes of Rhyming, Spelling, and Pronouncing. On a Plan Not Hitherto Attempted ... To which is Prefixed a Copious Introduction to the Various Uses of the Work ... and for the Purposes of Poetry is Added an Index of Allowable Rhymes by John Walker

- Bit, eit, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Scientific Units (2012)

Including dimensionless numbers and scales by H. G. Jerrard

Bit The binary unit of information used in digital computers; it represents the smallest piece of addressable memory within a computer. The binary system of notation uses only two symbols, zero (0) and unity (1), to represent specific values.

Google previewRandom House Webster's Rhyming Dictionary (2008)

by Random House

-it, bit, bitt, Brit, chit, fit, flit, grit, hit, it, kit, knit, lit, mitt, nit, pit, Pitt, quit, sit, skit, slit, smit, snit, spit, split, sprit, tit, twit, whit, wit, writ, zit; acquit, admit, armpit, base hit, befit, bowsprit, bush tit, close- knit, cockpit, commit, cool it, culprit, dimwit, emit, gaslit ...

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Quotes about Bit

A bit thicker,
A bit lovable,
A bit useful,
A bit better;
But we need you and,
You will be well once again! !
However, try to take it up to yourself and,
Let me take this away!
For, i just want you to know who i am. (Edward Kofi Louis)
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Scrabble value of B3I1T1

The value of this 3-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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