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n., v. bit•ted, bit•ting. n.
A bit is a small amount or a small part of something.
A bit means 'to a small degree'.
Don't use 'a bit' with an adjective in front of a noun. Don't say, for example, 'He was a bit deaf man'.
In conversation and in less formal writing, you can use a bit of in front of a and a noun. You do this to make a statement seem less extreme.
You can add a bit or one bit at the end of a negative statement to make it stronger.
You can use not a bit in front of an adjective to emphasize that someone or something does not have a particular quality. For example, if you say you are not a bit hungry, you mean you are not hungry at all.
For a bit means 'for a short period of time'.
Past participle: bitted
|Noun||1.||bit - a small piece or quantity of something; "a spot of tea"; "a bit of paper"; "a bit of lint"; "I gave him a bit of my mind"|
|2.||bit - a small fragment of something broken off from the whole; "a bit of rock caught him in the eye"|
fragment - a piece broken off or cut off of something else; "a fragment of rock"
matchwood - fragments of wood; "it was smashed into matchwood"
scurf - (botany) a covering that resembles scales or bran that covers some plant parts
|3.||bit - an indefinitely short time; "wait just a moment"; "in a mo"; "it only takes a minute"; "in just a bit"|
time - an indefinite period (usually marked by specific attributes or activities); "he waited a long time"; "the time of year for planting"; "he was a great actor in his time"
|4.||bit - an instance of some kind; "it was a nice piece of work"; "he had a bit of good luck"|
|5.||bit - piece of metal held in horse's mouth by reins and used to control the horse while riding; "the horse was not accustomed to a bit"|
bar bit - a bit for horses that is a solid bar of metal
bridle - headgear for a horse; includes a headstall and bit and reins to give the rider or driver control
bridoon - a bit resembling a snaffle bit; used with a separate curb
Pelham - a bit with a bar mouthpiece that is designed to combine a curb and snaffle
|6.||bit - a unit of measurement of information (from binary + digit); the amount of information in a system having two equiprobable states; "there are 8 bits in a byte"|
unit, unit of measurement - any division of quantity accepted as a standard of measurement or exchange; "the dollar is the United States unit of currency"; "a unit of wheat is a bushel"; "change per unit volume"
check bit, parity bit, parity - (computer science) a bit that is used in an error detection procedure in which a 0 or 1 is added to each group of bits so that it will have either an odd number of 1's or an even number of 1's; e.g., if the parity is odd then any group of bits that arrives with an even number of 1's must contain an error
byte - a sequence of 8 bits (enough to represent one character of alphanumeric data) processed as a single unit of information
|7.||bit - a small amount of solid food; a mouthful; "all they had left was a bit of bread"|
crumb - small piece of e.g. bread or cake
|8.||bit - a small fragment; "overheard snatches of their conversation"|
fragment - an incomplete piece; "fragments of a play"
|9.||bit - a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program; "he did his act three times every evening"; "she had a catchy little routine"; "it was one of the best numbers he ever did"|
performance, public presentation - a dramatic or musical entertainment; "they listened to ten different performances"; "the play ran for 100 performances"; "the frequent performances of the symphony testify to its popularity"
|10.||bit - the part of a key that enters a lock and lifts the tumblers|
key - metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated
|11.||bit - the cutting part of a drill; usually pointed and threaded and is replaceable in a brace or bitstock or drill press; "he looked around for the right size bit"|
chamfer bit - a bit that is used for beveling
cutting implement - a tool used for cutting or slicing
drill - a tool with a sharp point and cutting edges for making holes in hard materials (usually rotating rapidly or by repeated blows)
pilot bit - a small bit that drills a first hole to guide a larger drill
shank - cylinder forming the part of a bit by which it is held in the drill
spade bit - a thin bit with a center point and cutting edges on either side
bits of paper → trozos mpl or pedazos mpl de papel
have you got a bit of paper I can write on? → ¿tienes un trozo de papel para escribir?
he washed off every bit of dirt → se lavó hasta la última mancha de suciedad
in bits (= broken) → hecho pedazos; (= dismantled) → desmontado, desarmado
who owns this bit of land? → ¿a quién pertenece este trozo or pedazo de tierra?
bits and pieces (= items) → cosas fpl; (= possessions) → cosas fpl, trastos mpl; [of fabric] → retales mpl, retazos mpl
to bits: to blow sth to bits → hacer saltar algo en pedazos, volar algo en pedazos
to come to bits (= break) → hacerse pedazos; (= be dismantled) → desmontarse, desarmarse
to smash sth to bits → hacer algo añicos or pedazos
to tear sth to bits [+ letter, document] → romper algo en pedazos
the dogs tear the fox to bits → los perros destrozan al zorro
she tore the argument to bits → hizo pedazos el argumento
to love sb to bits → querer un montón a algn
the professor pulled his essay to bits → el profesor destrozó su trabajo
he was thrilled to bits with the present → estaba que no cabía en sí (de alegría) con el regalo, el regalo le hizo muchísima ilusión
with a bit of luck → con un poco de suerte
a bit of advice → un consejo
I need a bit of peace and quiet → necesito un poco de paz y tranquilidad
what you say won't make a bit of difference → digas lo que digas no va a cambiar nada
this is a bit of all right! → ¡esto está muy bien!, ¡esto no está nada mal!
he's a bit of all right → ése está buenísimo or para comérselo
it was a bit of a shock → fue un golpe bastante duro
I've got a bit of a cold → estoy un poco resfriado
I'm a bit of a socialist → yo tengo algo de socialista
quite a bit of → bastante
they have quite a bit of money → tienen bastante dinero
I've been seeing quite a bit of her → la he estado viendo bastante
a bit → un poco
a bit bigger/smaller → un poco más grande/pequeño
a bit later → poco después, un poco más tarde
that sounds a bit technical → eso suena un poco técnico
it's a bit awkward just now → ahora no es buen momento
bit by bit → poco a poco
our performance was every bit as good as theirs → nuestra actuación fue tan buena como la suya en todos los aspectos
she swept into the room, every bit the actress → entró majestuosamente en la habitación, muy en su papel de actriz
he looked every bit the angelic child → tenía toda la pinta or todo el aspecto de un niño angelical
a good bit → bastante
it's a good bit further than we thought → queda bastante más lejos de lo que creíamos
a good bit bigger/cheaper → bastante más grande/barato
would you like a little bit more? → ¿quieres un poquito más?
that's a bit much! → ¡eso pasa de castaño oscuro!
it's a bit much expecting you to take the blame → es demasiado esperar que tú asumas la culpa
not a bit I'm not a bit surprised → no me sorprende lo más mínimo or en absoluto
"wasn't he embarrassed?" - "not a bit of it" → -¿y no le daba vergüenza? -qué va or -en absoluto
quite a bit → bastante
they're worth quite a bit → valen bastante
he's quite a bit older than me → es bastante mayor que yo
I've had a bit too much to eat → me he pasado un poco comiendo, he comido un poco más de la cuenta
he'd just got to the exciting bit → acababa de llegar a la parte emocionante
to enjoy every bit of sth → disfrutar algo totalmente
it's important not to overdo the motherly bit → es importante no ser excesivamente maternal
to do one's bit → aportar su granito de arena
we must all do our bit to put an end to starvation in the Third World → para erradicar el hambre en el Tercer Mundo todos debemos aportar nuestro granito de arena
he did his bit in the war → durante la guerra cumplió con su deber
I've done my bit → yo he hecho mi parte or lo que me tocaba
I'll see you in a bit → te veo dentro de un momento or dentro de un ratito
I waited quite a bit → esperé bastante tiempo or un buen rato
a tuppenny bit → una moneda de dos peniques
two bits (US) → 25 centavos
for two bits I'd throw it all in → por dos duros lo dejaría todo
he was always throwing in his two bits about how he'd put the economy to rights → siempre estaba dando su opinión or echando su cuarto a espadas sobre cómo arreglaría la economía
bit2 [bɪt] N
to be champing or chomping at the bit I expect you're champing or chomping at the bit → supongo que te devora la impaciencia
they were champing or chomping at the bit to get started → no veían la hora de poner manos a la obra
to get the bit between one's teeth once she gets the bit between her teeth, there's no stopping her → una vez que se pone en marcha no hay quien la pare
Would you like another bit? → Est-ce que tu en veux un autre morceau?
a bit of cake → un morceau de gâteau
to come to bits, to fall to bits (= break) → tomber en morceaux
to take sth to bits → démonter qch
to do one's bit → y mettre du sien
Wait a bit! → Attends un peu!
"Do you play football?" - "A bit." → "Tu joues au football?" - "Un peu."
a bit dangerous → un peu risqué
He's a bit mad → Il est un peu fou.
a bit too hot → un peu trop chaud
it's a bit much, that's a bit much → c'est un peu fort
Sorry, the room's in a bit of a mess → Je suis désolé, la pièce est un peu en désordre.
This comes as a bit of a disappointment → C'est un peu décevant.
every bit as interesting as → tout aussi intéressant(e) que
bits and pieces of (= small amounts of)
I did bits and pieces of translation work → J'ai fait un peu de traduction.
not a bit of it! (British) → pas le moins du monde!
a bit of music → un peu de musique
a bit of luck → un peu de chance, de la chance
a bit of information
BUT un renseignement.
It's a bit of a nuisance
BUT C'est ennuyeux.
Let's wait a bit
BUT Attendons un peu.
to get the bit between one's teeth, to take the bit between one's teeth → prendre le mors aux dents
to champ at the bit, to chomp at the bit → ronger son frein
bit1 [bɪt] n
a bit of (paper, wood, cake) → un pezzo di (wine, sunshine, peace) → un po' di
a bit too much → un po' troppo
a bit bigger/smaller → un po' più grande/più piccolo/a
a little bit dearer → un pochino più caro/a
a good bit cheaper → molto più a buon mercato
a bit of news (fam) → una notizia
a bit of advice → un (piccolo) consiglio
a bit of luck → una fortuna
a bit mad/dangerous → un po' matto/a/pericoloso/a
bit by bit → a poco a poco
they have a bit of money → hanno un po' di soldi
it was a bit of a shock → è stato un po' un colpo
that's not a bit of help → questo non aiuta affatto
to come to bits (break) → andare a pezzi (be dismantled) → essere smontabile
in bits (and pieces) (broken) → a pezzi (dismantled) → smontato/a
bring all your bits and pieces → porta tutte le tue cose
to do one's bit → fare la propria parte
quite a bit → un bel po'