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English noun: bit

1. bit (quantity) a small piece or quantity of something

SamplesA spot of tea.
A bit of paper.
A bit of lint.
I gave him a bit of my mind.


Broader (hypernym)small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity

2. bit (object) a small fragment of something broken off from the whole

SamplesA bit of rock caught him in the eye.

Synonymschip, flake, fleck, scrap

Broader (hypernym)fragment

Narrower (hyponym)exfoliation, matchwood, scale, scurf, scurf, sliver, splinter

3. bit (time) an indefinitely short time

SamplesWait just a moment.
In a mo.
It only takes a minute.
In just a bit.

Synonymsminute, mo, moment, second

Broader (hypernym)time

Narrower (hyponym)blink of an eye, flash, heartbeat, instant, jiffy, New York minute, split second, trice, twinkling, wink

4. bit (event) an instance of some kind

SamplesIt was a nice piece of work.
He had a bit of good luck.


Broader (hypernym)case, example, instance

5. bit (artifact) piece of metal held in horse's mouth by reins and used to control the horse while riding

SamplesThe horse was not accustomed to a bit.

Broader (hypernym)saddlery, stable gear, tack

Narrower (hyponym)bar bit, bridoon, curb, curb bit, Pelham, snaffle, snaffle bit

Part meronymbridle

6. bit (quantity) a unit of measurement of information (from binary + digit); the amount of information in a system having two equiprobable states

SamplesThere are 8 bits in a byte.

Broader (hypernym)unit, unit of measurement

Narrower (hyponym)check bit, parity, parity bit

Part meronymbyte

7. bit (food) a small amount of solid food; a mouthful

SamplesAll they had left was a bit of bread.

Synonymsbite, morsel

Broader (hypernym)mouthful, taste

Narrower (hyponym)chaw, chew, crumb, cud, plug, quid, sop, sops, wad

8. bit (communication) a small fragment

SamplesOverheard snatches of their conversation.


Broader (hypernym)fragment

9. bit (communication) a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program

SamplesHe did his act three times every evening.
She had a catchy little routine.
It was one of the best numbers he ever did.

Synonymsact, number, routine, turn

Broader (hypernym)performance, public presentation

Narrower (hyponym)show-stopper, showstopper, stopper

10. bit (artifact) the part of a key that enters a lock and lifts the tumblers

Broader (hypernym)part, portion

Part meronymkey

11. bit (artifact) the cutting part of a drill; usually pointed and threaded and is replaceable in a brace or bitstock or drill press

SamplesHe looked around for the right size bit.

Broader (hypernym)cutting implement

Narrower (hyponym)bur, burr, center bit, centre bit, chamfer bit, counterbore, countersink, countersink bit, drill bit, drilling bit, expansion bit, expansive bit, pilot bit, spade bit, twist bit, twist drill

Part holonymshank

Part meronymdrill

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