verb \ˈbīt\

of a person or animal : to press down on or cut into (someone or something) with the teeth

of an insect or snake : to wound (someone) by pushing a stinger, fang, etc., into the skin

: to grab and hold something without slipping

bit \ˈbit\ bit·ten \ˈbi-tən\ also bitbit·ing \ˈbī-tiŋ\

Full Definition of BITE

transitive verb
a :  to seize especially with teeth or jaws so as to enter, grip, or wound
b :  to wound, pierce, or sting especially with a fang or a proboscis
:  to cut or pierce with or as if with an edged weapon
:  to cause sharp pain or stinging discomfort to
:  to take hold of
archaic :  to take in :  cheat
intransitive verb
:  to bite or have the habit of biting something
of a weapon or tool :  to cut, pierce, or take hold
:  to cause irritation or smarting
:  corrode
a of fish :  to take a bait
b :  to respond so as to be caught (as by a trick)
c :  to accept a suggestion or an offer <offered them a deal but they wouldn't bite>
:  to take or maintain a firm hold
:  to produce a negative effect <the recession began to bite>
slang :  to be objectionable or extremely bad in quality :  stink, suck
bit·er \ˈbī-tər\ noun
bite off more than one can chew
:  to undertake more than one can handle
bite one's tongue
:  to hold back (as from a reluctance to offend) a remark one would like to make
bite the bullet
:  to enter with resignation upon a difficult or distressing course of action
bite the dust
:  to fall dead especially in battle
a :  to suffer humiliation or defeat
b :  to come to an end
bite the hand that feeds one
:  to injure a benefactor maliciously

Examples of BITE

  1. The hamster bit the child.
  2. She bit the cookie in half.
  3. Some people bite their nails when they feel nervous.
  4. A wild animal may bite if it is frightened.
  5. The patient had been bitten by a poisonous snake.
  6. The mosquitoes are biting tonight.
  7. Are the fish biting today?

Origin of BITE

Middle English, from Old English bītan; akin to Old High German bīzan to bite, Latin findere to split
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to BITE

stink [slang], smell, suck [slang]
rock [slang], rule [slang]



: an act of biting

: the way the upper and lower teeth come together

: the amount of food eaten with a bite

Full Definition of BITE

a :  the act of biting
b :  the manner of biting; especially :  occlusion 1b
:  food: as
a :  the amount of food taken at a bite :  morsel
b :  a small amount of food :  snack <have a bite to eat>
a :  cheat, trick
b :  sharper
:  a wound made by biting
:  the hold or grip by which friction is created or purchase is obtained
:  a surface that creates friction or is brought into contact with another for the purpose of obtaining a hold
a :  a keen incisive quality
b :  a sharp penetrating effect
:  a single exposure of an etcher's plate to the corrosive action of acid
:  an amount taken usually in one operation for one purpose :  share

Examples of BITE

  1. He ate the candy bar in three quick bites.
  2. She gave her lip a gentle bite.
  3. The fisherman felt a bite at the end of his line and reeled in a fish.
  4. My teenage daughter wears a special device at night to correct her bite.
  5. Don't scratch that mosquito bite.

First Known Use of BITE

15th century


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