bit vs piece what difference

what is difference between bit and piece

English

Pronunciation

  • enPR: bĭt, IPA(key): /bɪt/
  • Rhymes: -ɪt

Etymology 1

From Middle English bitte, bite, from Old English bita (bit; fragment; morsel) and bite (a bite; cut), from Proto-Germanic *bitô and *bitiz; both from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeyd- (to split).

Cognate with West Frisian bit, Saterland Frisian Bit, Dutch bit, German Low German Beet, Biet, German Biss and Bissen, Danish bid, Swedish bit, Icelandic biti.

Noun

bit (plural bits)

  1. A piece of metal placed in a horse’s mouth and connected to the reins to direct the animal.
  2. A rotary cutting tool fitted to a drill, used to bore holes.
  3. (dated, Britain) A coin of a specified value.
  4. (obsolete, Canada) A ten-cent piece, dime.
    • 1941, Emily Carr, Klee Wyck, Chapter 10, [3]
      The smallest coin we had in Canada in early days was a dime, worth ten cents. The Indians called this coin “a Bit“. Our next coin, double in buying power and in size, was a twenty-five cent piece and this the Indians called “Two Bits”.
  5. (now US) A unit of currency or coin in the Americas worth a fraction of a Spanish dollar; now specifically, an eighth of a US dollar.
    • 1789, Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative, vol. I, ch. 6:
      I trusted to the Lord to be with me; and at one of our trips to St. Eustatia, a Dutch island, I bought a glass tumbler with my half bit, and when I came to Montserrat I sold it for a bit, or sixpence.
  6. (historical, US) In the southern and southwestern states, a small silver coin (such as the real) formerly current; commonly, one worth about 12½ cents; also, the sum of 12½ cents.
  7. A small amount of something.
  8. (informal) Specifically, a small amount of time.
  9. (in the plural, informal, sports) Fractions of a second.
  10. A portion of something.
  11. Somewhat; something, but not very great; also used like jot and whit to express the smallest degree. See also a bit.
    • T. Hook
      My young companion was a bit of a poet.
  12. (slang) A prison sentence, especially a short one.
  13. An excerpt of material making up part of a show, comedy routine, etc.
  14. Short for bit part.
  15. The part of a key which enters the lock and acts upon the bolt and tumblers.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)
  16. The cutting iron of a plane.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)
  17. The bevelled front edge of an axehead along which the cutting edge runs.
Synonyms
  • (coin): coin, piece
  • (small piece): morsel (of food), piece, scrap
  • (portion): portion, share, segment
  • (horse equipment): snaffle, pelham, kimberwicke
  • (prison sentence): bid
Derived terms
Translations

Verb

bit (third-person singular simple present bits, present participle bitting, simple past and past participle bitted)

  1. (transitive) To put a bridle upon; to put the bit in the mouth of (a horse).

Etymology 2

See bite

Verb

bit

  1. simple past tense of bite
    Your dog bit me!
  2. (informal in US, archaic in Britain) past participle of bite, bitten
    I have been bit by your dog!

Adjective

bit (not comparable)

  1. (chiefly in combination) Having been bitten.

Etymology 3

Coined by John Tukey in 1946 as an abbreviation of binary digit, probably influenced by connotations of “small portion”. First used in print 1948 by Claude Shannon. Compare byte and nybble.

Noun

bit (plural bits)

  1. (mathematics, computing) A binary digit, generally represented as a 1 or 0.
  2. (computing) The smallest unit of storage in a digital computer, consisting of a binary digit.
    Synonym: b
  3. (information theory, cryptography) Any datum that may take on one of exactly two values.
  4. (information theory) A unit of measure for information entropy.
    • The researchers found that the original texts spanned a variety of entropy values in different languages, reflecting differences in grammar and structure.
      But strangely, the difference in entropy between the original, ordered text and the randomly scrambled text was constant across languages. This difference is a way to measure the amount of information encoded in word order, Montemurro says. The amount of information lost when they scrambled the text was about 3.5 bits per word.
  5. A microbitcoin, or a millionth of a bitcoin (0.000001 BTC).
Derived terms
Translations
See also
  • ban, nat, qubit

References

Anagrams

  • Bti, ITB, TBI, TiB, tib

Azerbaijani

Etymology

From Proto-Turkic *bït (louse).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [bit]

Noun

bit (definite accusative biti, plural bitlər)

  1. louse

Declension


Catalan

Pronunciation

  • (Balearic, Central, Valencian) IPA(key): /ˈbit/
  • Rhymes: -it

Noun

bit m (plural bits)

  1. (computing) bit

Czech

Etymology

From English bit, from binary digit.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈbɪt]
  • Rhymes: -ɪt

Noun

bit m

  1. (computing) bit

Declension

Derived terms

  • bitový
  • osmibitový
  • šestnáctibitový
  • kilobit
  • megabit
  • gigabit
  • terabit

Further reading

  • bit in Kartotéka Novočeského lexikálního archivu
  • bit in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989
  • bit in Akademický slovník cizích slov, 1995, at prirucka.ujc.cas.cz

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bɪt/
  • Hyphenation: bit
  • Rhymes: -ɪt

Etymology 1

Ablaut of bijten.

Noun

bit n (plural bitten, diminutive bitje n)

  1. bit (for a working animal)
  2. bit (rotary cutting tool)
  3. mouthguard

Etymology 2

From English bit.

Noun

bit m (plural bits, diminutive bitje n)

  1. bit (binary digit)
  2. bit (unit of storage)
  3. bit (datum with two possible values)

French

Etymology

From English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bit/

Noun

bit m (plural bits)

  1. (computing) bit

Derived terms

  • bit le moins significatif
  • bit le plus significatif

Further reading

  • “bit” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Hungarian

Etymology

From English bit.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈbit]
  • Hyphenation: bit
  • Rhymes: -it

Noun

bit (plural bitek)

  1. (computing) bit (binary digit)

Declension

Derived terms

  • jelzőbit

References


Indonesian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈbɪt]
  • Hyphenation: bit

Etymology 1

From English bit (binary digit).

Noun

bit (first-person possessive bitku, second-person possessive bitmu, third-person possessive bitnya)

  1. (computing) bit, smallest unit of storage.

Etymology 2

From Dutch biet.

Noun

bit (first-person possessive bitku, second-person possessive bitmu, third-person possessive bitnya)

  1. Beta vulgaris, common beet, beetroot, sugar beet, and chard.

Further reading

  • “bit” in Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia (KBBI) Daring, Jakarta: Badan Pengembangan dan Pembinaan Bahasa, Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan Republik Indonesia, 2016.

Lashi

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bit/

Noun

bit

  1. sun

References

  • Hkaw Luk (2017) A grammatical sketch of Lacid[5], Chiang Mai: Payap University (master thesis)

Lower Sorbian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bʲit/

Verb

bit

  1. supine of biś

Nigerian Pidgin

Etymology

From English beat.

Verb

bit

  1. beat

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology 1

From Old Norse biti

Noun

bit m (definite singular biten, indefinite plural biter, definite plural bitene)

  1. a bit, piece (of something)
  2. a bite, mouthful (of food)
Derived terms
  • isbit
  • smakebit

Etymology 2

From English bit (binary digit)

Noun

bit m (definite singular biten, indefinite plural bit or biter, definite plural bitene)

  1. a bit (binary digit)

References

  • “bit” in The Bokmål Dictionary.

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology 1

From Old Norse

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /biːt/

Noun

bit m (definite singular biten, indefinite plural bitar, definite plural bitane)

  1. a bit, piece (of something)
Derived terms
  • isbit
  • smakebit

Etymology 2

From English bit (binary digit)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bɪtː/

Noun

bit m (definite singular biten, indefinite plural bit or bitar, definit plural bitane)

  1. a bit (binary digit)

Etymology 3

From Old Norse bit

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /biːt/

Noun

bit n (definite singular bitet, indefinite plural bit, definite plural bita)

  1. a bite (e.g. insect bite, dog bite)
  2. a bite, mouthful (of food)

Etymology 4

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /biːt/

Verb

bit

  1. inflection of bite:
    1. present
    2. imperative

References

  • “bit” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.

Old Irish

Verb

bit

  1. third-person plural future of is

Portuguese

Etymology

Borrowed from English bit.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbit͡ʃ(i)/, /ˈbit(i)/

Noun

bit m (plural bits)

  1. (mathematics, computing) bit (binary digit)

Synonyms

  • Abbreviations: b

Coordinate terms

  • Multiples: kilobit, megabit, gigabit, terabit, petabit, exabit, zettabit, yottabit

Related terms

  • byte (unit equivalent to 8 bits)

Saterland Frisian

Etymology

Related to German bis.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bɪt/
  • Hyphenation: bit
  • Rhymes: -ɪt

Conjunction

bit

  1. until

Preposition

bit

  1. until, to

Derived terms

References

  • Marron C. Fort (2015), “bit”, in Saterfriesisches Wörterbuch mit einer phonologischen und grammatischen Übersicht, Buske, →ISBN

Scots

Adjective

bit

  1. Little.
    • 1889, Jessup Whitehead, The Steward’s Handbook and Guide to Party Catering (page 439)
      A bit wee lambie
    • 1902, John Buchan, The Outgoing of the Tide
      He laid a hundred guineas with the laird of Slofferfield that he would drive four horses through the Slofferfield loch, and in the prank he had his bit chariot dung to pieces and a good mare killed.

Serbo-Croatian

Etymology 1

From bȉti (to be)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bîːt/

Noun

bȋt f (Cyrillic spelling би̑т)

  1. essence
  2. point, meaning
Declension

Etymology 2

From English bit

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bît/

Noun

bȉt m (Cyrillic spelling би̏т)

  1. (computing) bit
Declension

Slavomolisano

Etymology

From Serbo-Croatian biti, from Proto-Slavic *byti, from Proto-Balto-Slavic *bū́ˀtei, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰuH-.

Verb

bit pf or impf

  1. to be

References

  • Walter Breu and Giovanni Piccoli (2000), Dizionario croato molisano di Acquaviva Collecroce: Dizionario plurilingue della lingua slava della minoranza di provenienza dalmata di Acquaviva Collecroce in Provincia di Campobasso (Parte grammaticale)., pp. 409–412

Spanish

Etymology

From English bit.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbit/, [ˈbit̪]

Noun

bit m (plural bits)

  1. bit (binary digit)

Swedish

Etymology

From Old Norse biti, noun definitions 2 and 4: From English bit, from binary digit.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /biːt/ (1–4)
  • IPA(key): /bɪt/ (3–4)

Noun

bit c

  1. bit (small piece)
  2. bit (portion)
  3. bit (binary digit)
  4. bit (unit of storage)
  5. bit (piece of music)

Declension

Related terms

  • pusselbit
  • sockerbit

Verb

bit

  1. imperative of bita.

Turkish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbit/

Etymology 1

From Ottoman Turkish بیت‎, بت‎, from Proto-Turkic *bït (louse).

Noun

bit (definite accusative biti, plural bitler)

  1. (zoology) louse
Declension
Derived terms
  • bit yeniği (fishy)
  • bitli (lousy)
See also
  • pire (flea)

Etymology 2

Borrowed from English bit, abbreviation of binary digit.

Noun

bit (definite accusative biti, plural bitler)

  1. (computing) bit
Declension

Etymology 3

Verb

bit

  1. second-person singular imperative of bitmek

Turkmen

Etymology

From Old Turkic bit(bit), from Proto-Turkic *bɨt (louse).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bit̪/

Noun

bit (definite accusative bidi, plural bitler)

  1. (zoology) louse

Declension


Vietnamese

Pronunciation

  • (Hà Nội) IPA(key): [ʔɓit̚˧˧]
  • (Huế) IPA(key): [ʔɓit̚˧˧]
  • (Hồ Chí Minh City) IPA(key): [ʔɓɨt̚˧˧]

Noun

bit

  1. (computing) bit

Zhuang

Pronunciation

  • (Standard Zhuang) IPA(key): /pit˥/
  • Tone numbers: bit7
  • Hyphenation: bit

Etymology 1

From Proto-Tai *pitᴰ (duck). Cognate with Thai เป็ด (bpèt), Lao ເປັດ (pet), ᦵᦔᧆ (ṗed), Tai Dam ꪹꪜꪸꪒ, Shan ပဵတ်း (pét), Ahom ???????????????? (pit), Bouyei bidt, Saek ปิ๊ด. Compare Old Chinese (OC *pʰid).

Noun

bit (classifier duz, Sawndip form , old orthography bit)

  1. duck
Derived terms
  • roegbit

Etymology 2

From Chinese (MC pˠiɪt̚).

Noun

bit (classifier gaiq, Sawndip form ????, old orthography bit)

  1. pen; pencil; writing implement

Classifier

bit (old orthography bit)

  1. Classifier for sums of money and deals.

Etymology 3

From Chinese (MC pʰiɪt̚).

Classifier

bit (old orthography bit)

  1. Classifier for cloth: bolt of


English

Alternative forms

  • peece (obsolete)

Etymology

From Middle English pece, peece, peice, from Old French piece, from Late Latin petia, pettia, possibly from Gaulish *pettyā, from Proto-Celtic *kʷesdis (piece, portion); doublet of English fit, fytte, fytt (musical piece, chapter), Icelandic fit (web), German Fitze (skein), from Old High German *fitjâ. Compare Welsh peth, Breton pez (thing), Irish cuid. Compare French pièce, Portuguese peça, Spanish pieza.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: pēs, IPA(key): /piːs/
  • Rhymes: -iːs
  • Homophone: peace

Noun

piece (plural pieces)

  1. A part of a larger whole, usually in such a form that it is able to be separated from other parts.
  2. A single item belonging to a class of similar items
  3. (chess) One of the figures used in playing chess, specifically a higher-value figure as distinguished from a pawn; by extension, a similar counter etc. in other games.
    • 1959, Hans Kmoch, Pawn Power in Chess, I:
      Pawns, unlike pieces, move only in one direction: forward.
  4. A coin, especially one valued at less than the principal unit of currency.
    a sixpenny piece
  5. An artistic creation, such as a painting, sculpture, musical composition, literary work, etc.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:musical composition
  6. An article published in the press.
  7. (military) An artillery gun.
    • 1743, Robert Drury, The Pleasant, and Surprizing Adventures of Mr. Robert Drury, during his Fifteen Years Captivity on the Island of Madagascar, London, p. 55,[1]
      [] all our Ammunition was spent. Those of us who had Money made Slugs of it; their next Shift was to take the middle Screws out of their Guns, and charge their Pieces with them.
  8. (US, colloquial) A gun.
  9. (US, Canada, colloquial, short for hairpiece) A toupee or wig, especially when worn by a man.
  10. (Scotland, Ireland, Britain, US, dialectal) A slice or other quantity of bread, eaten on its own; a sandwich or light snack.
    • 2008, James Kelman, Kieron Smith, Boy, Penguin 2009, page 46:
      My grannie came and gived them all a piece and jam and cups of water then I was to bring them back out to the street and play a game.
  11. (US, colloquial, vulgar) A sexual encounter; from piece of ass or piece of tail.
  12. (US, colloquial, mildly vulgar, short for piece of crap/piece of shit) A shoddy or worthless object (usually applied to consumer products like vehicles or appliances).
  13. (US, slang) A cannabis pipe.
  14. (baseball, uncountable) Used to describe a pitch that has been hit but not well, usually either being caught by the opposing team or going foul. Usually used in the past tense with get.
  15. (dated, sometimes derogatory) An individual; a person.
    • c. 1579, Philip Sidney, The Defense of Poesy
      If I had not been a piece of a logician before I came to him.
    • 1825, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Aid to Reflection
      His own spirit is as unsettled a piece as there is in all the world.
  16. (obsolete) A castle; a fortified building.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
  17. (US) A pacifier; a dummy.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:pacifier
  18. (colloquial) A distance.
  19. (rowing) A structured practice row, often used for performance evaluation.
  20. An amount of work to be done at one time; a unit of piece work.
  21. (slang) An ounce of a recreational drug.

Usage notes

When used as a baseball term, the term is figurative in that the baseball is almost never broken into pieces. It is rare in modern baseball for the cover of a baseball to even partially tear loose. In professional baseball, several new, not previously played baseballs are used in each game.

It could be argued that the phrase was never meant (not even metaphorically) to refer to breaking the ball into pieces, and that “get a piece of the ball” means the bat contacts only a small area of the ball – in other words, that the ball is hit off-center. In that case “get” would mean “succeed in hitting”, not “obtain”.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:piece

Derived terms

Descendants

  • Sranan Tongo: pisi
  • Finnish: biisi
  • Japanese: ピース (pīsu)

Translations

See also

  • chunk
  • bit
  • peace

Verb

piece (third-person singular simple present pieces, present participle piecing, simple past and past participle pieced)

  1. (transitive, usually with together) To assemble (something real or figurative).
    • His adversaries [] pieced themselves together in a joint opposition against him.
  2. To make, enlarge, or repair, by the addition of a piece or pieces; to patch; often with out.
  3. (slang) To produce a work of graffiti more complex than a tag.

Derived terms


Middle French

Etymology

From Old French piece, from Vulgar Latin *pettia, from Gaulish *pettyā, from Proto-Celtic *kʷesdis (piece, portion).

Noun

piece f (plural pieces)

  1. piece, bit, part
  2. moment (duration of time)

Descendants

  • French: pièce
    • Danish: pjece
    • Northern Kurdish: piyes
    • Norwegian:
      Norwegian Bokmål: piece
    • Romanian: piesă
    • Russian: пье́са (pʹjésa)
      • Kazakh: пьеса (pʹesa)
    • Swedish: pjäs
    • Yiddish: פּיעסע(pyese)
  • Norman: pièche (Jersey)

References

  • piece on Dictionnaire du Moyen Français (1330–1500) (in French)

Old French

Alternative forms

  • pece

Etymology

From Late Latin pettia, from Gaulish *pettyā, from Proto-Celtic *kʷesdis (piece, portion).

Noun

piece f (oblique plural pieces, nominative singular piece, nominative plural pieces)

  1. piece, bit, part
    • circa 1170, Chrétien de Troyes, Érec et Énide:
      Que del hiaume une piece tranche.

      It cuts a piece off his helmet

Descendants

  • Middle French: piece
    • French: pièce
      • Danish: pjece
      • Northern Kurdish: piyes
      • Norwegian:
        Norwegian Bokmål: piece
      • Romanian: piesă
      • Russian: пье́са (pʹjésa)
        • Kazakh: пьеса (pʹesa)
      • Swedish: pjäs
      • Yiddish: פּיעסע(pyese)
    • Norman: pièche (Jersey)
  • Walloon: pîce
  • Middle English: pece, pese, pesse, peace, pease, peise, pice, pise, piece, piese, pecche
    • English: piece
      • Sranan Tongo: pisi
      • Finnish: biisi
      • Japanese: ピース (pīsu)
    • Yola: peece
    • Middle Irish: pissa
      • Irish: píosa
    • Scottish Gaelic: pìos

Polish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈpʲjɛ.t͡sɛ/

Noun

piece m inan

  1. inflection of piec:
    1. nominative plural
    2. accusative plural
    3. vocative plural

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