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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Centre-bit a joiner's tool, turning on a centre, for boring circular holes—one of the chief tools of the burglar
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. centrum—Gr. kentron, a sharp point.


In literature:

Place a tiny bit of butter in the centre of the cup.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
Maria, however, insisted upon giving an old-fashioned threepenny bit, kept as a luck penny in the centre of her purse, in exchange.
"The Garden, You, and I" by Mabel Osgood Wright
In the centre was the blazing log, the sole bit of color my eyes could perceive.
"Prisoners of Chance" by Randall Parrish
Garnish the centre of the salad and the border of the jelly with tender leaves of lettuce and bits of curled celery.
"Salads, Sandwiches and Chafing-Dish Dainties" by Janet McKenzie Hill
In the centre of this bit of grass she planted her friend's gift.
"The Amateur Garden" by George W. Cable
Near the centre of it was a tiny hole, in which there was knotted a bit of fine leathern string.
"Left on Labrador" by Charles Asbury Stephens
In the adjoining piece a hole is bored with a centre bit and a slot is cut with an 1/8-in.
"Woodwork Joints" by William Fairham
The young girl bit her lips, and the next minute she was the centre of a gay crowd of admirers.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
These tools, consisting of a centre-bit and a rammer, are each thirty or thirty-five feet in length, and weigh about eight hundred pounds.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 90, April, 1865" by Various
Forgot the rotten centre-bit.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XV" by Robert Louis Stevenson
What, then, are we to count the centre-bit and axle of a being so variously compounded?
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 16 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Come and try centre forward for a bit.
"Just Gerry" by Christine Chaundler
On the top of the shelves Carol had placed some bits of bric-a-brac, and in the centre of each a tall vase.
"The Enchanted Barn" by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
As the two centre tail feathers project beyond the rest, the birds can be readily identified as they follow a steamer for tit-bits.
"An Australian Bird Book" by John Albert Leach
Jerry Gullen's canary was gnawing, gnawing, with a sound as of a crooked centre-bit.
"A Child of the Jago" by Arthur Morrison
Drilling with Brace and Centre-Bit.
"Hand-Craft" by John D. Sutcliffe
Fill the centres with cinnamon, sugar, bits of butter, and a raisin or two.
"The Myrtle Reed Cook Book" by Myrtle Reed
He then selects with his chopsticks a bit of salted turnip and drops it into the very centre of the steaming rice.
"Sidelights on Chinese Life" by J. Macgowan
A very little paste or glue will suffice; a bit in the centre and towards the corners of a picture.
"Home Occupations for Boys and Girls" by Bertha Johnston
Just about the centre of the woods a man sprang out from behind a tree, and seized the horses by the bit.
"Ten Years Among the Mail Bags" by James Holbrook

In news:

IEEE IEDM Baltimore- Holst Centre, imec and TNO presented the world-first organic transponder circuit with a bit rate of 50kbits/s.

In science:

Another option is provided by the Quantum Random Bit Generator Service developed by Centre for Informatics and Computing, Ruder Boˇskovi´c Institute, Zagreb, Croatia.
Generating and using truly random quantum states in Mathematica
Let us now place, following, binary variables (‘bits’) on the lattice sites (or equivalently, at the centre of the plaquettes).
Black hole entropy: classical and quantum aspects
Note also that the method can be used with effect only for final states not involving strongly interacting particles, as two-photon processes can give rise to a substantial two-jet production for invariant masses quite a bit smaller than the nominal centre of mass energy of the collider .
Summary of the Activities of the Working Group I on High Energy and Collider Physics
Quite a bit is known about the integral linear structure of the centres of Iwahori– Hecke algebras of finite Coxeter groups over the ring R = Z[q, q−1 ].
Multiplicative Bases for the Centres of the Group Algebra and Iwahori-Hecke Algebra of the Symmetric Group