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bit part

n.
A small or insignificant role, as in a play or movie, usually having a few spoken lines.

bit part

n
(Theatre) a very small acting role with few lines to speak

bit1

(bɪt)

n., v. bit•ted, bit•ting. n.
1. the mouthpiece of a bridle, having fittings at each end to which the reins are fastened.
2. anything that curbs or restrains.
3. a removable drilling or boring tool for use in a brace, drill press, or the like.
4. the cutting part of an ax or hatchet.
5. the wide portion at the end of an ordinary key that moves the bolt.
v.t.
6. to put a bit in the mouth of (a horse).
7. to curb with or as if with a bit.
8. to grind a bit on (a key).
Idioms:
1. chafe or champ at the bit, to become impatient and restless because of delay.
2. take the bit in or between one's teeth, to reject control; go one's own way.
[before 900; Middle English bite, Old English: action of biting; c. Old High German biz. See bite]

bit2

(bɪt)

n.
1. a small piece or quantity of something.
2. a short time: Wait a bit.
3. a stereotypic set of behaviors, attitudes, or actions associated with a particular role, situation, etc.: the whole Wall Street bit.
4. Also called bit part. a very small role containing few or no lines. Compare walk-on (def. 1).
5. Informal. an amount equivalent to 12½ cents (used only in even multiples): two bits.
Idioms:
1. a bit, somewhat; a little: a bit sleepy.
2. a bit much, somewhat overdone or beyond tolerability.
3. bit by bit, by degrees; gradually.
4. do one's bit, to contribute one's share to an effort.
5. every bit, quite; just: every bit as good.
6. quite a bit, a fairly large amount.
[before 1000; Middle English bite, Old English bita bit, morsel; c. Old High German bizzo, Old Norse biti. See bite]

bit3

(bɪt)

n.
a single, basic unit of computer information, valued at either 0 or 1 to signal binary alternatives.
[1945–50; bi (nary) + (digi) t]

bit4

(bɪt)

v.
pt. and a pp. of bite.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bit part - a small rolebit part - a small role        
persona, theatrical role, role, character, part - an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; "she played the part of Desdemona"
soubrette - a minor female role as a pert flirtatious lady's maid in a comedy
Translations

bit part

n (in film, play) → particina, parte f secondaria
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