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verb \ˈbīt\

Simple Definition of bite

  • 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

Full Definition of bite

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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 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

  3. 2 :  to cut or pierce with or as if with an edged weapon

  4. 3 :  to cause sharp pain or stinging discomfort to

  5. 4 :  to take hold of

  6. 5 archaic :  to take in :  cheat

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to bite or have the habit of biting something

  9. 2 of a weapon or tool :  to cut, pierce, or take hold

  10. 3 :  to cause irritation or smarting

  11. 4 :  corrode

  12. 5 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>

  13. 6 :  to take or maintain a firm hold

  14. 7 :  to produce a negative effect <the recession began to bite>

  15. 8 slang :  to be objectionable or extremely bad in quality :  stink, suck

bit·er play \ˈbī-tər\ noun
bite off more than one can chew
  1. :  to undertake more than one can handle

bite one's tongue
  1. :  to hold back (as from a reluctance to offend) a remark one would like to make

bite the bullet
  1. :  to enter with resignation upon a difficult or distressing course of action

bite the dust
  1. 1 :  to fall dead especially in battle

  2. 2 a :  to suffer humiliation or defeat b :  to come to an end

bite the hand that feeds one
  1. :  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




Simple Definition of bite

  • : 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

  1. 1 a :  the act of biting b :  the manner of biting; especially :  occlusion 1b

  2. 2 :  food: as a :  the amount of food taken at a bite :  morsel b :  a small amount of food :  snack <have a bite to eat>

  3. 3 archaic a :  cheat, trick b :  sharper

  4. 4 :  a wound made by biting

  5. 5 :  the hold or grip by which friction is created or purchase is obtained

  6. 6 :  a surface that creates friction or is brought into contact with another for the purpose of obtaining a hold

  7. 7 a :  a keen incisive quality b :  a sharp penetrating effect

  8. 8 :  a single exposure of an etcher's plate to the corrosive action of acid

  9. 9 :  an amount taken usually in one operation for one purpose :  share

  10. 10 :  sound bite

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.

15th Century

First Known Use of bite

15th century

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