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  1. A piece of metal placed in a horse's mouth and connected to reins to direct the animal.
  2. A rotary cutting tool fitted to a drill, used to make holes.
  3. An eighth of a dollar. Note that there is no coin minted worth 12.5 cents.
    A threepenny bit.
  4. A small piece of something.
    There were bits of paper all over the floor.
  5. A portion of something.
    I'd like a big bit of cake, please.
  6. A prison sentence.
  7. An excerpt of material from a stand-up comedian's repertoire.

Etymology 2

Coined by John Tukey in 1946 as an abbreviation of binary digit, probably influenced by connotations of “small portion”.


  1. A binary digit, generally represented as a 1 or 0.
  2. The smallest unit of storage in a digital computer, consisting of a binary digit.
  3. Any datum that may take on one of exactly two values.

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