A small piece, part, or quantity of something
Past of bite.
A mouthpiece, typically made of metal, which is attached to a bridle and used to control a horse
A unit of information expressed as either a 0 or 1 in binary notation
With a person or thing as subject and bare or to-infinitive. Was necessitated or obliged; should, must (with both deontic and epistemic force).
A short time or distance
Use the teeth to cut into (something)
Used to indicate that someone is being treated in the same way that they have treated others, typically badly
An unpleasant or untrustworthy person
a bit of cake
Somewhat; to some extent
The part of a key that engages with the lever of a lock.
Insignificant, cheap, or worthless
Chiefly Woodworking. A bit having an angled cutting lip at the end for scooping out the core of a hole as it is bored. Compare auger-bit. Now rare.
= port mouth.
A horse's bit having rings at the ends.
A bit used for drilling hard formations.
A countersink drill bit having a conical head with a number of radial cutting edges that meet at the tip.
A sign digit in a sequence of binary digits.
A small acting role in a play or a film
The number of bits per second that can be transmitted along a digital network
A gouge-shaped boring bit
(In asynchronous data transfers) one of a pattern of bits which indicate the end of a character or of the whole transmission
A notional location in which lost or discarded data is said to be collected.
Woodworking a boring tool with a flat blade curved at the two cutting edges, frequently used in a lathe.
A floating freshwater plant with creeping stems that bear clusters of small rounded leaves
A horse's bit incorporating a metal ring which encircles the jaws.
A bit to which a martingale or other strap may be clipped in order to prevent a horse from lifting its head while rearing.
Saddlery a kind of bit with a rotating ball or bead fitted on the mouthpiece.
= router cutter.
Not at all
A drill bit with a central point and side cutters
Any of a number of wild plants with a very short rootstock, said in folklore to have been bitten off by the devil, in particular:
A bit which acts as a check on a set of binary values, calculated in such a way that the number of 1s in the set plus the parity bit should always be even (or occasionally, should always be odd)
The basic unit of information in a quantum computer
A blue-flowered European plant which resembles a scabious
A bit used in mouthing a horse.
(Of a horse) ridden with a light but firm contact on the mouth
Somewhat excessive or unreasonable
An African bush with hooked thorns that catch the clothing, in particular an acacia
A woman regarded in sexual terms
Make a useful contribution to an effort or cause
(Of a horse) ridden on a loose rein to allow it to gallop freely
(In comparisons) quite as
A male sexual partner whose toughness or lack of sophistication is a source of attraction
Unfair or unreasonable
A coin worth three old pence (114 p)
(Of a horse) carrying its head too high so that it evades correct contact with the bit
(Of a horse) carrying its head with the chin tucked in so that it evades contact with the bit