Meaning of “bit” in the English Dictionary

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bitnoun [ C ]

uk /bɪt/ us /bɪt/

bit noun [ C ] (AMOUNT)

A2 informal a small piece or amount of something:

Would you like a bit of chocolate?
The glass smashed into little bits.
There were bits of paper all over the floor.
She tries to do a bit of exercise every day.
I don't understand this bit.
a bit informal

B2 a short distance 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 serious amount 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 too big 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 more cake?
It's a bit like a Swiss chalet.

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 small pieces:

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 ] (COMPUTER)

specialized computing a unit of information in a computer that must be either 0 or 1:

a 32-bit computer (= a computer that processes 32 bits of information at a time)


uk /bɪt/ us /bɪt/

past simple of bite

(Definition of “bit” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bit" in American English

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bitnoun [ C ]

us /bɪt/

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)


us /bɪt/

bit (BITE)

past simple of bite

(Definition of “bit” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bit" in Business English

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bitnoun [ C ]

uk /bɪt/ us

IT the smallest unit 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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