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"bit" in British English

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bitnoun [C]

uk   us   /bɪt/
  • bit noun [C] (AMOUNT)

A2 informal a ​smallpiece or ​amount of something: Would you like a bit of ​chocolate? The ​glasssmashed into little bits. There were bits ofpaper all over the ​floor. She ​tries to do a bit ofexercise every ​day. I don't ​understand this bit.a bit informal B2 a ​shortdistance or ​period of ​time: I'm just going out for a bit. ​See you ​later. Can you ​move up a bit?a bit of sth C1 a ​slight but not ​seriousamount or ​type of something: Maria's put on a bit of ​weight, hasn't she? It's a bit of a ​nuisance.a bit... A2 slightly: The ​dress is a bit toobig for me. That was a bit ​silly, wasn't it? I'm a bit ​nervous. I was ​hoping there'd be some ​food - I'm a bit ​hungry. Would you like a bit morecake? It's a bit like a ​Swisschalet. UK very: Blimey, it's a bit ​cold! And she didn't ​invite him? That was a bit ​mean!bit by bit C1 gradually: I ​saved up the ​money bit by bit.not a bit not in any way: She wasn't a bit ​worried about the ​test. "Are you getting ​tired?" "Not a bit."quite a bit B1 a lot: They have ​quite a bit of ​money.to bits into ​smallpieces: The ​car was blown to bits. It just fell to bits in my ​hands. very much: I ​love my ​son to bits.

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  • bit noun [C] (COIN)

UK, old use a ​coinrepresenting a ​smallamount of ​money: a ​threepenny/​sixpenny bit US informal, old use an ​amount of ​money that is ​equal to 12 1/2cents, usually used in the ​expression "two bits," or 25 ​cents
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bitverb

uk   us   /bɪt/
past simple ofbite
(Definition of bit from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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bitnoun [C]

 us   /bɪt/
  • bit noun [C] (PIECE)

a ​smallpiece or a ​smallamount 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 ​shortperiod) about ​yourchildhoodexperiences? A bit or a little bit can ​meanslightly 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 ​personriding it to ​controlitsmovements
  • bit noun [C] (COMPUTER)

the ​smallestunit 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

 us   /bɪt/
  • bit (BITE)

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

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bitnoun [C]

uk   us   /bɪt/
IT the ​smallestunit of ​information in a computer's ​memory: Can I ​run 32-bit ​programs on a 64-bit ​computer?
(Definition of bit from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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