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bit

noun [C]  /bɪt/ us  

bit noun [C] (PIECE)

a small piece or a small amount of something: little bits of paper We need every bit of evidence we can find. We showed a little bit on videotape. Could you talk a bit (= for a short period) about your childhood experiences? A bit or a little bit can mean slightly or to some degree: We found the dinner a little bit of a disappointment.

bit noun [C] (HORSE)

a piece of metal put in a horse’s mouth to allow the person riding it to control its movements

bit noun [C] (COMPUTER)

the smallest unit of information in a computer, represented by either 0 or 1

bit noun [C] (TOOL)

the part of a tool used to cut or drill (= make holes)

bit

 /bɪt/ us  

bit (BITE)

past simple of bite
(Definition of bit from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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