Rip vs Bit - What's the difference?

rip | bit |

As an interjection rip

is .

As a noun rip

is routing]] information protocol, a dynamic routing protocol used in local and [[wan|wide area networks.

As a verb bit is

to beat (to strike or pound repeatedly).



Etymology 1

(etyl) rippen, from earlier ryppen ‘to pluck’, from (etyl) - ‘to break’.Wolfgang Pfeifer, ed., ''Etymologisches Wörterbuch des Deutschen , s.v. “raufen” (Munich: Deutscher Taschenbucher Vertrag, 2005), 1090. More at reave, rob.


(en noun)
  • A tear (in paper, etc.).
  • A type of tide or current.
  • # (Australia) A strong outflow of surface water, away from the shore, that returns water from incoming waves.
  • #* 2000 , Andrew Short, Beaches of the Queensland Coast: Cooktown to Coolangatta , page 38,
  • Rhythmic beaches consist of a rhythmic longshore bar that narrows and deepens when the rip' crosses the breaker, and in between broadens, shoals and approaches the shore. It does not, however, reach the shore, with a continuous '''rip''' feeder channel feeding the ' rips to either side of the bar.
  • #* 2005 , Paul Smitz, Australia & New Zealand on a Shoestring , Lonely Planet, page 466,
  • Undertows (or ‘rips'’) are the main problem. If you find yourself being carried out by a '''rip''', the important thing to do is just keep afloat; don?t panic or try to swim against the '''rip''', which will exhaust you. In most cases the current stops within a couple of hundred metres of the shore and you can then swim parallel to the shore for a short way to get out of the ' rip and make your way back to land.
  • #* 2010 , Jeff Wilks, Donna Prendergast, Chapter 9: Beach Safety and Millennium Youth: Travellers and Sentinels'', Pierre Benckendorff, Gianna Moscardo, Donna Pendergast, ''Tourism and Generation Y , page 100,
  • Given that a large number of all rescues conducted by Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) occur in rips' (a ' rip being a relatively narrow, seaward moving stream of water), this is critical surf-safety information (Surf Life Saving Australia, 2005).
  • (slang) A comical, embarrassing, or hypocritical event or action.
  • (slang) A hit (dose) of marijuana.
  • (UK, Eton College) A black mark given for substandard schoolwork.
  • Synonyms


  • To divide or separate the parts of (especially something flimsy such as paper or fabric), by cutting or tearing; to tear off or out by violence.
  • to rip''' a garment; to '''rip up a floor
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  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients, chapter=1 , passage=For a spell we done pretty well. Then there came a reg'lar terror of a sou'wester same as you don't get one summer in a thousand, and blowed the shanty flat and ripped about half of the weir poles out of the sand.}}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=Foreword citation , passage=A canister of flour from the kitchen had been thrown at the looking-glass and lay like trampled snow over the remains of a decent blue suit with the lining ripped out which lay on top of the ruin of a plastic wardrobe.}}
  • To tear apart; to rapidly become two parts.
  • My shirt ripped when it caught on a bramble.
  • To get by, or as if by, cutting or tearing.
  • * Granville
  • He'll rip the fatal secret from her heart.
  • (figurative) To move quickly and destructively.
  • * 2007 , Roger Baker, Emotional Processing (page 136)
  • On 18 November 1987 a horrific flash fire ripped through the escalators and ticket hall of King's Cross tube station, killing thirty people.
  • (woodworking) To cut wood along (parallel to) the grain. Contrast crosscut.
  • (transitive, slang, computing) To copy data from CD, DVD, Internet stream, etc. to a hard drive, portable device, etc.
  • (slang, narcotics) To take a "hit" of marijuana.
  • (slang) To fart.
  • (US, slang) To mock or criticize.
  • (transitive, slang, chiefly, demoscene) To steal; to rip off.
  • * 2001 , "rex deathstar", Opensource on demoscene'' (discussion on Internet newsgroup '' )
  • opensource is a double-edged sword. while you have a chance of people using and improving on the code, you will also have the chance of lamers ripping it.
  • * 2002 , "Ray Norrish", Barbarian demo circa 1988?'' (on newsgroup ''alt.emulators.amiga )
  • To move or act fast, to rush headlong.
  • (archaic) To tear up for search or disclosure, or for alteration; to search to the bottom; to discover; to disclose; usually with up .
  • * Clarendon
  • They ripped up all that had been done from the beginning of the rebellion.
  • * Milton
  • For brethren to debate and rip up their falling out in the ear of a common enemy is neither wise nor comely.
    Derived terms
    * * to rip it up (ripping it up ) * *

    Etymology 2

    Compare Icelandic (hrip), a box or basket; perhaps akin to English corb. Compare ripier.


    (en noun)
  • A wicker basket for fish.
  • (Webster 1913)

    Etymology 3

    Origin uncertain; perhaps a variant of .


    (en noun)
  • *1924 , (Ford Madox Ford), Some Do Not…'', Penguin 2012 (''Parade's End ), page 76:
  • *:If there were, in clubs and places where men talk, unpleasant rumours as to himself he preferred it to be thought that he was the rip , not his wife the strumpet.
  • Anagrams






    (wikipedia bit)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) bita and bite - all from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A piece of metal placed in a horse's mouth and connected to reins to direct the animal.
  • A rotary cutting tool fitted to a drill, used to bore holes.
  • (dated, British) A coin of a specified value. (Also used for a nine-pence coin in the British Caribbean)
  • (US) An eighth of a dollar. Note that there is no coin minted worth 12.5 cents. (When this term first came into use, the Spanish 8 reales coin was widely used as a dollar equivalent, and thus the 1 real coin was equivalent to 12.5 cents.)
  • (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.
  • A small amount of something.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=15 citation , passage=‘No,’ said Luke, grinning at her. ‘You're not dull enough! […] What about the kid's clothes? I don't suppose they were anything to write home about, but didn't you keep anything? A bootee or a bit of embroidery or anything at all?’}}
  • (informal) Specifically , a small amount of time.
  • A portion of something.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Catherine Clabby
  • , magazine=(American Scientist), title= Focus on Everything , passage=Not long ago, it was difficult to produce photographs of tiny creatures with every part in focus.
  • Somewhat; something, but not very great; also used like jot and whit to express the smallest degree.
  • Am I bored? Not a bit of it!
  • * T. Hook
  • My young companion was a bit of a poet.
  • (slang) A prison sentence, especially a short one.
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  • (An excerpt of material) An excerpt of material making up part of a show, comedy routine, etc.
  • The part of a key which enters the lock and acts upon the bolt and tumblers.
  • (Knight)
  • The cutting iron of a plane.
  • (Knight)
    * (coin) coin, piece * (small piece) morsel (of food), piece, scrap * (portion) portion, share, segment * (horse equipment) snaffle, pelham, kimberwicke
    Derived terms
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  • To a small extent; in a small amount (usually with "a").
  • That's a bit too sweet.


  • To put a bridle upon; to put the bit in the mouth of (a horse).
  • Etymology 2

    See bite


  • (bite)
  • Your dog bit me!
  • , bitten
  • I have been bit by your dog!


  • (label) bitten.
  • (label) Having been bitten.
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  • Etymology 3

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

    (en noun)
  • (mathematics, computing) A binary digit, generally represented as a 1 or 0.
  • (computing) The smallest unit of storage in a digital computer, consisting of a binary digit.
  • (information theory, cryptography) Any datum that may take on one of exactly two values.
  • status bits''' on IRC; permission '''bits in a file system
  • (information theory) A unit of measure for information entropy.
  • * {{quote-web, date = 2011-05-17
  • , author = Lisa Grossman , title = Entropy Is Universal Rule of Language , site = Wired Science , url = , accessdate = 2012-09-26}}
    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.
    * (smallest unit of storage) b
    Derived terms
    * bit-depth * bitwise * hidden bit * high-order bit * least significant bit * most significant bit * * * * *
    See also
    * ban, nat, qubit