A small piece, part, or quantity of something
Past of bite.
A mouthpiece, typically made of metal, that 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
A fair amount
(Of a person or animal) use the teeth to cut into something in order to eat it
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 bit of bread
Somewhat; to some extent
The part of a key that engages with the lever of a lock.
Insignificant, cheap, or worthless
A small acting role in a play or a movie
The number of bits per second that can be transmitted along a digital network
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 gouge-shaped boring bit
A sign digit in a sequence of binary digits.
(In asynchronous data transfers) one of a pattern of bits that indicate the end of a character or of the whole transmission
Not at all
A notional location in which lost or discarded data is said to be collected.
A tool for boring cylindrical holes
A North American plant of the lily family bearing tightly packed spikes of white flowers
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 that 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 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.
A blue-flowered European plant which resembles a scabious
(Of a horse) ridden with a light but firm contact on the mouth, and accepting the bit in a calm and relaxed manner
A bit used in mouthing a horse.
Somewhat excessive or unreasonable
An African bush with hooked thorns that catch the clothing, in particular an acacia
Make a useful contribution to an effort or cause
(Of a horse) ridden on a loose rein to allow it to gallop freely, especially at the end of a race
(In comparisons) equally 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)
Used to suggest that something is not severe or extreme, or is true only to a limited extent
(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
The rate at which errors occur in the transmission of digital data
A revolving tool with a D-shaped crank handle for boring