Definitions of bit

  1. To put the bit in a horse's mouth; to restrain.
  2. To put a bridle upon; to put the bit in the mouth of.
  3. To put a bridle upon; put a bit in the mouth of; restrain.
  4. To put the bit in the mouth:- pr. p. bitting: pa. p. bitted.
  5. To put the bit in the mouth.
  6. To put a bit in the mouth of; train to or control by the bit; curb; restrain.
  7. The part of a bridle, usually of iron, which is inserted in the mouth of a horse, and having appendages to which the reins are fastened.
  8. Fig.: Anything which curbs or restrains.
  9. A part of anything, such as may be bitten off or taken into the mouth; a morsel; a bite. Hence: A small piece of anything; a little; a mite.
  10. A tool for boring, of various forms and sizes, usually turned by means of a brace or bitstock. See Bitstock.
  11. The part of a key which enters the lock and acts upon the bolt and tumblers.
  12. The cutting iron of a plane.
  13. In the Southern and Southwestern States, a small silver coin ( as the real) formerly current; commonly, one worth about 12 12 cents; also, the sum of 12 12 cents.
  14. To put the bit in the mouth. See Bite.
  15. The iron mouthpiece of a bridle; a small piece of anything; a tool.
  16. Bitting.
  17. 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"
  18. 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"
  19. a small fragment; " overheard snatches of their conversation"
  20. an instance of some kind; " it was a nice piece of work"; " he had a bit of good luck"
  21. a small fragment of something broken off from the whole; " a bit of rock caught him in the eye"
  22. 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"
  23. a small quantity; " a spot of tea"; " a bit of paper"
  24. imp. & amp; p. p. of Bite.
  25. 3d sing. pr. of Bid, for biddeth.
  26. In the British West Indies, a fourpenny piece, or groat.
  27. imp. & p. p. of Bite.
  28. A tool for boring; the metal mouthpiece of a bridle; the part of a key which enters the lock; the cutting blade of a plane; a small piece of anything; any small coin; anything that curbs or restrains.
  29. A bite, a morsel: a small piece: the smallest degree: a small tool for boring: the part of the bridle which the horse holds in his mouth.
  30. A small piece; small tool for boring; that part of a bridle which is in the horse's mouth.
  31. Imp. & pp. of BITE, v.
  32. A wood - boring tool adapted to be used with a stock or brace.
  33. The metallic mouthpiece of a bridle.
  34. A small piece, portion, or fragment; a little.
  35. A morsel; a small piece; a whit or degree; an instrument for boring boles; the cutting part of a carpenter's plane; the iron part of the bridle put into a horse's mouth.
  36. Of the verb bite.
  37. Bitted.
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