- bitbit1 [bit]n.[ME < OE bite, a bite < bītan, BITE]1. the part of a bridle that goes into a horse's mouth, used to control the horse: see BRIDLE2. anything that curbs or controls3. the part of a pipestem held in the mouth: see PIPE4. the part of a key that actually turns the lock5. the cutting part of any tool, as the blade of a plane6. a drilling or boring tool for use in a brace, drill press, etc.: see DRILL1vt.bitted, bitting1.a) to put a bit into the mouth of (a horse)b) to train to the bit2. to check or curb3. to make the bit on (a key)——————take the bit in one's teeth or get the bit in one's teeth1. to clench the bit between the teeth, so that it fails to restrain: said of horses2. to be beyond controlbit2 [bit]n.[ME bite < OE bita, a piece, morsel, bit < bitan, to BITE]1.a) a small piece or quantityb) a small extent or limited degree: often used with a and having adverbial force [a bit bored]c) a short time; moment [wait a bit ]☆ 2. [orig. used of a small silver coin worth 1/ 8 of the Spanish peso (hence, normally 12 1/ 2 cents)] Informal an amount equal to 121/ 2 cents: now usually in two bits, four bits, etc.3.☆ a) a small part or short performance in a play or entertainmentb) Informal any stereotyped or repeated action, expression, etc. [resorting to the aggrieved bit]adj.very small [a bit role]——————bit by bitlittle by little; gradually——————do one's bitto do one's share——————every bitaltogether; entirelybit3 [bit]vt., vi.pt. & alt. pp. of BITEbit4 [bit]n.[b(inary) (dig)it]1. a single digit in a binary number system2. a unit of information equal to the amount of information obtained by learning which of two equally likely events occurred
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.