Definitions for: Bite


[n] the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws
[n] a sharp bitter taste property
[n] a light informal meal
[n] a small amount of solid food; a mouthful; "all they had left was a bit of bread"
[n] a wound resulting from biting
[n] a painful wound caused by the thrust of a stinger into skin
[v] of insects, scorpions, or other animals; "A bee stung my arm yesterday."
[v] to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws; "Gunny invariably tried to bite her"
[v] penetrate or cut, as with a knife; "The fork bit into the surface"
[v] cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort; "The sun burned his face"



Webster (1913) Definition: Bite, v. t. [imp. Bit; p. p. Bitten, Bit; p. pr. &
vb. n. Biting.] [OE. biten, AS. b[=i]tan; akin to D.
bijten, OS. b[=i]tan, OHG. b[=i]zan, G. beissen, Goth.
beitan, Icel. b[=i]ta, Sw. bita, Dan. bide, L. findere to
cleave, Skr. bhid to cleave. [root]87. Cf. Fissure.]
1. To seize with the teeth, so that they enter or nip the
thing seized; to lacerate, crush, or wound with the teeth;
as, to bite an apple; to bite a crust; the dog bit a man.

Such smiling rogues as these, Like rats, oft bite
the holy cords atwain. --Shak.

2. To puncture, abrade, or sting with an organ (of some
insects) used in taking food.

3. To cause sharp pain, or smarting, to; to hurt or injure,
in a literal or a figurative sense; as, pepper bites the
mouth. ``Frosts do bite the meads.'' --Shak.

4. To cheat; to trick; to take in. [Colloq.] --Pope.

5. To take hold of; to hold fast; to adhere to; as, the
anchor bites the ground.

The last screw of the rack having been turned so
often that its purchase crumbled, . . . it turned
and turned with nothing to bite. --Dickens.

To bite the dust, To bite the ground, to fall in the
agonies of death; as, he made his enemy bite the dust.

To bite in (Etching), to corrode or eat into metallic
plates by means of an acid.

To bite the thumb at (any one), formerly a mark of
contempt, designed to provoke a quarrel; to defy. ``Do you
bite your thumb at us?'' --Shak.

To bite the tongue, to keep silence. --Shak.


Bite, v. i.
1. To seize something forcibly with the teeth; to wound with
the teeth; to have the habit of so doing; as, does the dog
bite?

2. To cause a smarting sensation; to have a property which
causes such a sensation; to be pungent; as, it bites like
pepper or mustard.

3. To cause sharp pain; to produce anguish; to hurt or
injure; to have the property of so doing.

At the last it [wine] biteth like serpent, and
stingeth like an adder. --Prov. xxiii.
32.

4. To take a bait into the mouth, as a fish does; hence, to
take a tempting offer.

5. To take or keep a firm hold; as, the anchor bites.


Bite, n. [OE. bite, bit, bitt, AS. bite bite, fr.
b[=i]tan to bite, akin to Icel. bit, OS. biti, G. biss. See
Bite, v., and cf. Bit.]
1. The act of seizing with the teeth or mouth; the act of
wounding or separating with the teeth or mouth; a seizure
with the teeth or mouth, as of a bait; as, to give
anything a hard bite.

I have known a very good fisher angle diligently
four or six hours for a river carp, and not have a
bite. --Walton.

2. The act of puncturing or abrading with an organ for taking
food, as is done by some insects.

3. The wound made by biting; as, the pain of a dog's or
snake's bite; the bite of a mosquito.

4. A morsel; as much as is taken at once by biting.

5. The hold which the short end of a lever has upon the thing
to be lifted, or the hold which one part of a machine has
upon another.

6. A cheat; a trick; a fraud. [Colloq.]

The baser methods of getting money by fraud and
bite, by deceiving and overreaching. --Humorist.

7. A sharper; one who cheats. [Slang] --Johnson.

8. (Print.) A blank on the edge or corner of a page, owing to
a portion of the frisket, or something else, intervening
between the type and paper.

Synonyms: bit, burn, chomp, collation, insect bite, morsel, nosh, prick, pungency, seize with teeth, sharpness, snack, sting, sting, sting

See Also: ache, bee sting, bite off, chaw, chew, coffee break, crumb, cud, dog bite, eating, feeding, flea bite, gnaw, grip, harm, hurt, hurt, injury, lesion, meal, mosquito bite, mouthful, munch, nibble, nibble, nip, nip, pierce, pinch, plug, quid, refreshment, repast, smart, snakebite, snap at, sop, sops, spice, spicery, spiciness, taste, tea break, trauma, urticate, wad, wound

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