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the least bit

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv the least bit in the slightest degree or in any respect "Are you at all interested? No, not at all","was not in the least unfriendly"
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Quotations

  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “The great rule: If the little bit you have is nothing special in itself, at least find a way of saying it that is a little bit special.”

Usage

In literature:

He turned his head just the least bit, and stole a cautious glance.
"The Nigger Of The "Narcissus" A Tale Of The Forecastle" by Joseph Conrad
He was sorry for the others, but they could not have necessities the least bit greater than his own.
"The Old Flute-Player" by Edward Marshall and Charles T. Dazey
I love you,' I cried through hot tears; 'and I am not the least bit afraid in the world.
"The Best Ghost Stories" by Various
She put her handkercher to her eyes, and cried the least bit, when she spoke of her former pardner.
"Clemence" by Retta Babcock
At least the Navy boys got fresh air on deck if they were battered around a bit.
"Navy Boys Behind the Big Guns" by Halsey Davidson
The least bit too large.
"We and the World, Part II. (of II.)" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
And we hoped the way she said it meant that she was just the least bit sorry we were going.
"American Adventures" by Julian Street
They didn't need to make a high shelf and put the big washboiler up on it to fall down when the door was moved the least bit!
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Keeping Store" by Laura Lee Hope
It struck him that Major Monkey was just the least bit too forward.
"The Tale of Major Monkey" by Arthur Scott Bailey
And when he answered Mr. Crow's question he was so excited that his voice shook just the least bit.
"The Tale of Frisky Squirrel" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Yet Henrietta Hen never looked the least bit interested.
"The Tale of Henrietta Hen" by Arthur Scott Bailey
He felt the least bit uncomfortable.
"The Tale of Pony Twinkleheels" by Arthur Scott Bailey
I'm not the least bit nervous.
"The Tale of Buster Bumblebee" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Not one of them seemed the least bit tired.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
And I'd ruther go home dead than go back to Susie and the children the least bit silly with liquor.
"Green Valley" by Katharine Reynolds
But I wasn't the least bit ashamed of it.
"The Prairie Wife" by Arthur Stringer
First of all, these prisoners are not the least bit fanatics.
"The New York Times Current History: the European War, February, 1915" by Various
He is the only one here that ever was the least bit kind to me.
"Isabel Leicester" by Clotilda Jennings
I never did anything the least bit like it.
"Under the Country Sky" by Grace S. Richmond
Nowhere in that wilderness of rock was there the least relieving bit of purple foliage.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
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In poetry:

Minnie and Maud across my Flight will wing,
Birdie and Bess and Gwendolyn will bring
A Score of Other Pasts and make a Scene,
To say the Least, a Bit Embarrassing.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
"I obey you," it said, "and whatever
You ask for, or wish, you shall have!
Rub the lamp but the least bit soever,
It calls me, for I am its slave!"
Aladdin said, "Open this cave!"
"Aladdin" by Clara Doty Bates
Or, if her long tail gets uncurled
And sways but the least bit in the world,
And one of them makes a roguish nip
At it, or plays at mouse with the tip,
Somebody hears,
A loud boxed ears!
"The Three Little Kittens" by Clara Doty Bates
Thy Saviour sentenc'd joy, And in the flesh condemn'd it as unfit,
At least in lump: for such doth oft destroy;
Whereas a bit
Doth tice us on the hopes of more,
And for the present health restore.
"The Size" by George Herbert
And if what you imagine vice
Is not considered so at all,
Crime doesn't seem the least bit nice,
There's no temptation then to fall;
for half the charm of things we do
Is knowing that we oughtn't to.
"Bluebeard" by Harry Graham
He's not — despite his name, of course —
The least bit like a river horse,
But much more like a river pig,
He is a harmless beast, and though
He is not beautiful, we know,
No doubt his mother thinks him so!
"Master Hippo" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

'I'm not in the least bit intimidated,' Georgia TE Arthur Lynch says of Alabama.
Trace Adkins Isn't the Least Bit Excited About His Upcoming 50th Birthday.
She flew through the air with, um, the least bit of ease.
That being said there are rules in place to keep the players at least a little bit safer.
At least you had tiny bits of fleeting hope against the Patriots.
At least you had tiny bits of fleeting hope against the Patriots.
21 NFL birds 25 The least bit 26 Takes too many pills: abbr.
Up to this point, each June weekend in Ocean City has seen at least a bit of rain or cloudy skies, causing a Saturday weather delay at the Air Show two weeks and the AVP volleyball tour and Ocean City Beachfest last weekend.
It took seemingly forever, but finally the Republican presidential contest has become at least a little bit interesting.
"We're a little bit frustrated, to say the least," Upton said.
DETROIT — At least one member of the A's didn't like "The Kiss" one bit.
This time, however, there's a huge difference– we're not responsible in the least bit.
And no two displays render it the same way — without a little bit of help at least.
The actress wasn't the least bit embarrassed when a hacker released nude photos of her on the internet in September.
As for responding to Jones' failure to recreate that shot Monday or Tuesday, Forbes wasn't in the least bit concerned.
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In science:

For such power of two moduli m, however, the period of the less significant bits is even shorter than that of the more significant bits, such that the period of the kth least significant bit is only 2k .
Random number generators for massively parallel simulations on GPU
Since a history of at least k steps of generated xn must be kept in memory in order to perform the recursion, this class of generator effectively has state size 32k bits (assuming 32 bit wide variables xn ).
Random number generators for massively parallel simulations on GPU
Here, 1 < M < N is the additional, smaller lag and (xn−N |xn−N +1 ) denotes the concatenation of the 32−r most significant bits of xn−N with the r least significant bits of xn−N +1, where r = 32N − k .
Random number generators for massively parallel simulations on GPU
The Leastsign-RAND algorithm simply yields the least significant bit a0 .
The Arduino as a Hardware Random-Number Generator
Instead of just using the least significant bit, we use the two least significant bits a0 and a1, XOR them together and run through the von Neumann-box.
The Arduino as a Hardware Random-Number Generator
We use the least significant bit of the word to store the first lattice and the next one to store the second one.
A Dedicated Computer for Ising-like Spin Glass Models
The notation [n, k, d] means that the codewords are n bits long, there are 2k of them, and they all differ from each other in at least d places.
Quantum Computing
This definition is justified by the fact easily deduced from the classical Shannon’s coding theorem, that C is the least upper bound of the rate (bits/symbol) of information which can be transmitted with asymptotically vanishing error.
Coding Theorems for Quantum Communication Channels
In a 1961 paper [Lan61], he showed that the amount of energy dissipated into the environment when a single bit of information is erased, is at least kB T ln 2, where kB is Boltzman’s constant and T is the temperature of the environment.
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution
Thus, the length of participant’s secret and random key must have at least 2 log d bits .
Continuous variable private quantum channel
The actual hashing function is very simple—we select the h least-significant bits of the key—but because a key reflects the spatial location of the associated cell, the spatial distribution of bodies and cells determines which hash table entries are filled.
SNSPH: A Parallel 3-D Smoothed Particle Radiation Hydrodynamics Code
When an integer from OCaml code is passed to C++ code one bit is added (namely a 1 at the position of the least significant bit).
SAT Techniques for Lexicographic Path Orders
The probability of an error in at least one bit out of q is then given by 1 − (1 − ξR )q < q ξR .
Robust quantum searching with spontaneously decaying qubits
Again it is hard to observe differences, see Figure 3.13, but it seems the original PPM resolves the ’extremities’ of the high density region a bit sharper, at least they extend more.
Numerical comparison of Riemann solvers for astrophysical hydrodynamics
The elements of either DN /2 subgroup can be represented using only n − 1 tion within this bits, and finding the least significant bit of the hidden reflec subgroup corresponds to finding the second least significant bit of y in DN .
Quantum algorithms for algebraic problems
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