ldoce_708_zbitbit2 ●●●S1W1 noun [countable]1PIECEpiece a small piece of somethingbit ofbits of broken glassHe wedged the door open with a bit of wood.break/rip/shake etc something to bitsThe aircraft was blown to bits.He’s taken the engine to bits.fall/come to bitsThe old house was falling to bits.► see thesaurus at piece2PARTpart British English informal a part of something largerThis is the boring bit.bit ofWe did the last bit of the journey on foot.bit aboutDid you like the bit about the monkey?► see thesaurus at part3 →to bits4COMPUTERcomputerTD the smallest unit of information that a computer usesa 32-bit processor5TOOLtoolTZ the sharp part of a tool for cutting or making holesa drill bit6FOR A HORSEhorseDSH the metalbarattached to a horse’s bridle that is put into its mouth and used to control it → be champing at the bitat champ1(2)7 →bits and pieces8 →do your bit9 →get the bit between your teeth10US MONEYmoneya)two bits/four bits American English informal 25 cents or 50 centsb)PEC British English old-fashioned a small coin11 →pull something to bits12TYPICALtypical behaviour/experience informal used to mean a kind of behaviour or experience that is typical of someone or somethingthe (whole) student/movie star/travelling etc bitThen she gave us the concerned mother bit.13 →be in bitsCOLLOCATIONSadjectivesa little/tiny bitThe floor was covered in tiny bits of glass.verbsfall/come to bits (=separate into many different parts because of being old or damaged)The book was so old that I was afraid it would fall to bits.break/smash to bitsThe vase fell and smashed to bits on the concrete floor.rip/tear something to bitsShe grabbed the letter and ripped it to bits.be blown to bits (=by a bomb)A bus shelter nearby was blown to bits.take something to bits (=separate the parts of something)Tony loves taking old radios and computers to bits.
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bit• a 16-bitprocessor• I'll probably do a bit of gardening this weekend.• I probably could, but I should get a bit of support from the script-writers.• Have you got a bit of paper I can write your address on?• The bloke was living a bit of a fantasy life.• I was a bit late.• The lanternswung on the beam, the glassesjumped on the table, and bits of earth fell from the ceiling.• Alan did the easybit -- it was me who did all the hard work!• They looked every bit as scary to me as I had heard that they were from adults and other children.• My favouritebit is when they try to escape.• 'Would you like a slice of cake?' 'I'll just have a little bit, please.'• I hope this letter shows Rotties are not at all vicious but need a little bit of love and care.• There were little bits of food all over the carpet.• I mean that you did whatever you wanted without the slightestbit of concern as to how your behavior might affect others.• I'd like to try that cake. Just give me a small bit please.• I found some bits of glass in my sandwich.• Some bits of the book are actually quite funny.• He circled the house, looking in, and saw nothing but the bits and pieces of ordinary living.• the bit of the garden where the fruittrees are• All these bits and pieces washed ashore.• There'll be a war, and we'll all be blown to bits!• The jumper was very cheap - it'll probably fall to bits the first time I wear it.• I wouldn't give you two bits for that old book.bit of• There's been a bit oftension at the office lately.• All that's needed is a bit ofimagination.• The floor was covered with tinybits of broken glass.the last bit• CountyMuseum of Art, containthe last bit of those deposits.• It all makes sense, except ... What in heaven's name does the last bit mean?• Then he slumpsforward, face down, turned away from the last bit of dimillumination offered by the night sky.• It is the last bit of that sentence which contains the punch.• Then he came on towards Philip, scramblingthe last bit of the slope.• Nicolo watched as Caroline spoonedthe last bit of tiramisu from her dessertplate.• When the plane finally launched into the empty sky, I watched myself hang on to the last bit of ground below.• Out the window, the last bit of sunlightmixed it up with the lights from the parking lot.bitbit3 verbx-refthe past tense of biteFrom King Business Dictionarybitbit /bɪt/ noun [countable]COMPUTING the smallest unit of information that can be used by a computerThe total memory is approximately 64,000 bits.Originbit21. Old English bita“piece bitten off, small piece of food”2. (1900-2000)binary digit3. Old English bite“act of biting”