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The Bible was a consolation to a fellow alone in the old cell. The lovely thin paper with a bit of matress stuffing in it, if you could get a match, was as good a smoke as I ever tasted.
Brendan Behan

Meaning of "a bit" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF A BIT

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WHAT DOES A BIT MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of a bit in the English dictionary

The definition of a bit in the dictionary is rather; somewhat.


WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE A BIT

a bad lot
a bad patch
a bad penny
a bag of bones
a bag of cats
a beam in one´s eye
a bed of roses
a big ask
a big fish in a small pond
a bird in the hand
a bit much
a bit of
a bit of all right
a bit of slap and tickle
a bit thick
a bolt from the blue
a breath of fresh air
a bull in a china shop
A bursary
a capella

WORDS THAT END LIKE A BIT

bit by bit
brace and bit
centre bit
chafe at the bit
champ at the bit
countersink bit
curb bit
devil´s bit
do one´s bit
every bit
not a bit
snaffle bit
threepenny bit
thrupenny bit

Synonyms and antonyms of a bit in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «A BIT»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «a bit» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of a bit

Translation of «a bit» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF A BIT

Find out the translation of a bit to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of a bit from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «a bit» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

有点
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

un poco
570 millions of speakers

English

a bit
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

एक सा
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

قليلا
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

немного
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

um pouco
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

একটু
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

un peu
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

sedikit
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

ein bisschen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ビット
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

조금
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

sethithik
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

một chút
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஒரு பிட்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

थोडेसे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

biraz
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

un po ´
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

nieco
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

трохи
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

un pic
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

λίγο
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

´n bietjie
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

lite
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

litt
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of a bit

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «A BIT»

The term «a bit» is very widely used and occupies the 2.743 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «A BIT» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about a bit

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10 QUOTES WITH «A BIT»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word a bit.
1
Clive Anderson
I try to make myself walk around a bit, but I probably think about it more than I actually do it. Years ago, I did think about joining a gym.
2
Gemma Arterton
I probably should get a bit more star-struck but I never do.
3
Linwood Barclay
Once you come up with a premise, you have to work out how it all happened. It's a bit like coming up with a spectacular roof design first. Before you can get it up there, you need to build a solid foundation and supporting structure.
4
Bernard Beckett
I just love the idea that people disappear into the story for a while. You grab a book, and you want to get back to it, and your life becomes a bit of an interruption. I would love readers to feel like that.
5
Brendan Behan
The Bible was a consolation to a fellow alone in the old cell. The lovely thin paper with a bit of matress stuffing in it, if you could get a match, was as good a smoke as I ever tasted.
6
Rachel Bilson
I envy the sensibility in Europe, appreciating beauty in women as they age. I'm going to go that way. I might dye my gray hair for a bit, but beyond that the buck stops. I'm not having any work done.
7
Cate Blanchett
You know you've made it when you've been moulded in miniature plastic. But you know what children do with Barbie dolls - it's a bit scary, actually.
8
David Boreanaz
I'm a bit of a chameleon with the whole entertainment industry so to speak.
9
Adam Brown
My first film is coming out, and it's in 3D, and it's 'The Hobbit,' so it's a bit weird.
10
Billy Campbell
The South Downs of England reminded me a bit of my Old Virginia homeland.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «A BIT»

Discover the use of a bit in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to a bit and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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This Won't Hurt a Bit: (And Other White Lies): My Education ...
" This Won't Hurt a Bit is the story of how she grew up and became a real doctor. It's a no-holds-barred account of what a modern medical education feels like, from the grim to the ridiculous, from the heartwarming to the obscene.
Michelle Au, 2011
2
Black and White (And a Bit in Between): Timeless Interiors, ...
A sumptuously photographed tour of the celebrated designer's interiors features examples from more than 75 homes complemented by inspirational tips and professional tricks on everything from choosing paints and finishes to building nature ...
Celerie Kemble, 2011
3
A Bit of Difference
A new novel from the winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African LiteratureAt thirty-nine, Deola Bello, a Nigerian expatriate in London, is dissatisfied with being single and working overseas.
Sefi Atta, 2012
4
Country Living A Bit of Velvet and a Dash of Lace: The ...
A textile artist and founder of Magnolia Pearl showcases her interior design philosophy, which brings together colors, textures, and materials in innovative new ways to create meticulously detailed, eclectic environments that blend elements ...
Robin Brown, 2008
5
A Bit Haywire
When ten-year-old Owen Bryce accidentally inherits superpowers, he quickly realizes that his powers are a bit quirky and only work with specific triggers.
Scott Zirkel, 2006
6
A Bit on the Side
At the heart of this stunning collection is Trevor's characteristic tenderness and unflinching eye for both the humanizing and dehumanizing aspects of modern urban and rural life.
William Trevor, 2005
7
A Bit of Earth
The Wongs, sons of the Chinese earth; the Wees, subjects of the English gods; the Mahmuds, the scions of the Malayan soil and all with different dreams for the bit of earth they live on.
Suchen Christine Lim, 2001
8
A Bit of Applause for Mrs. Claus
A humorous look at the efforts of the woman who helps make Santa's yearly visit possible.
Jeannie Schick-Jacobowitz, Susie Schick-Pierce, Muffin Drake, 2003
9
Basic Algebra and Geometry Made a Bit Easier Lesson Plans: A ...
This is the fifth book in the Math Made a Bit Easier series by independent math tutor Larry Zafran.
Larry Zafran, 2010
10
A Bit of Rough
Architect James Justin impulsively lets himself be picked up in a biker bar by seductive hunk Bram Lord for a one night stand that turns into something bigger.
Laura Baumbach, 2007

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «A BIT»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term a bit is used in the context of the following news items.
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'A bit of advice, a bit of spray': Frawley fits in
"We've got some good players down there and good leaders down there with 'Gibbo' (Josh Gibson), 'Lakey', 'Hodgey' – so they all give a bit of advice and a bit ... «AFL.com.au, Jun 15»
2
Kathy Doig: Designing curriculum is a bit like jazz
Reworking curriculum is a bit like jazz in that it's not very linear. You go off on one line of thinking and then come back to the center. It's also very creative and ... «MSUToday, May 15»
3
Giving a Bit(coin) - Cryptocurrency and philanthropy
New online currencies such as Bitcoin could be the answer to charities becoming more transparent over how they spend donations. This discussion paper looks ... «Charities Aid Foundation, May 15»
4
Weekend Rewind: Billy T Live, early FOTC, and A Bit After Ten
But we have had some successful forays into this area, with the series A Bit After Ten and Pulp Comedy, as well as assorted specials. Sketch comedy was the ... «New Zealand Herald, Apr 15»
5
Column: A BIT of an overreaction
Column: A BIT of an overreaction. The new model fails to understand the role of BITs in attracting foreign investment, the base of Make in India. By: Prabhash ... «Financial Express, Apr 15»
6
Leaders Win Trust When They Show a Bit of Humanity
Trust in business leadership is at historic lows, according to surveys by Edelman and the World Economic Forum. One reason might be what INSEAD professors ... «blogs.hbr.org, Apr 15»
7
BiT Evolution Preview – A BiT of Alright
These days, Steam is awash with games intent on tapping in to Gen X “retro” nostalgia, and their over-abundance is enough to make anyone cynical about more ... «GIZORAMA, Mar 15»
8
Sell A Bit on track for Harness Racing Jewels
The Southern Belle Speed Series for mares has previously proved a useful stepping stone to the Harness Jewels and Sell A Bit, winner of the 2014-15 series ... «Stuff.co.nz, Mar 15»
9
Micro Bit: hands-on with BBC's coding kit
We compared it to about half the size of a credit card; up close it's probably a bit smaller than even that, though understandably a bit thicker. The second thing is ... «Wired.co.uk, Mar 15»
10
Law Students Leave Torts Behind (for a Bit) and Tackle Accounting
A version of this article appears in print on 02/13/2015, on page B5 of the NewYork edition with the headline: Law Students Leave Torts Behind (for a Bit) and ... «New York Times, Feb 15»
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