Definitions for BITEbaɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bitebaɪt(v.)bit, bit•ten; bit, bit•ing

  1. (v.t.)to cut, wound, or tear with the teeth.

  2. to sever with the teeth (often fol. by off).

  3. to grip with the teeth.

  4. to sting, as an insect.

  5. to cause to sting:

    faces bitten by the icy wind.

  6. Informal. to cheat; deceive: to annoy or upset:

    bitten in a mail-order swindle.

    What's biting you?

    Category: Informal

  7. to eat into; corrode.

  8. to cut or pierce with or as if with a weapon.

  9. to take firm hold of:

    a clamp to bite the wood.

  10. to make an impression on; affect.

  11. (v.i.)to press the teeth into something; attack with the jaws, bill, sting, etc.

  12. (of fish) to take the bait.

    Category: Sport

  13. to accept a deceptive offer or suggestion.

  14. to take a firm hold.

  15. (n.)the act of biting.

  16. a wound made by biting.

  17. a cutting, stinging, or nipping effect.

  18. a piece bitten off.

  19. a small meal.

  20. a morsel of food.

  21. an exacted portion:

    the tax bite.

  22. the occlusion of the teeth.

    Category: Dentistry

  23. a short excerpt, fragment, or bit:

    a visual bite from a film; word bites from poems.

  24. the catch or hold that one object or one part of a mechanical apparatus has on another. a surface brought into contact to obtain a hold or grip, as in a lathe chuck.

    Category: Machinery

  25. sharpness; incisiveness.

  26. the roughness of the surface of a file.

Idioms for bite:

  1. bite off more than one can chew, to attempt something that exceeds one's capacity.

    Category: Idiom

  2. bite one's lip or tongue, to repress one's anger or other emotions.

    Category: Idiom

  3. bite someone's head off, to respond with anger or impatience to someone's question or comment.

    Category: Idiom

  4. bite the hand that feeds one, to repay kindness with malice or injury.

    Category: Idiom

  5. put the bite on,Slang. to try to borrow or extort money from.

    Category: Idiom, Status (usage)

Origin of bite:

bef. 1000; ME, OE bītan; c. OHG bīzan, Go beitan; akin to L findere to split



Princeton's WordNet

  1. bite(noun)

    a wound resulting from biting by an animal or a person

  2. morsel, bit, bite(noun)

    a small amount of solid food; a mouthful

    "all they had left was a bit of bread"

  3. sting, bite, insect bite(noun)

    a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin

  4. bite, collation, snack(noun)

    a light informal meal

  5. bite(noun)

    (angling) an instance of a fish taking the bait

    "after fishing for an hour he still had not had a bite"

  6. pungency, bite(noun)

    wit having a sharp and caustic quality

    "he commented with typical pungency"; "the bite of satire"

  7. pungency, bite, sharpness, raciness(noun)

    a strong odor or taste property

    "the pungency of mustard"; "the sulfurous bite of garlic"; "the sharpness of strange spices"; "the raciness of the wine"

  8. bite, chomp(noun)

    the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws

  9. bite(verb)

    a portion removed from the whole

    "the government's weekly bite from my paycheck"

  10. bite, seize with teeth(verb)

    to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws

    "Gunny invariably tried to bite her"

  11. bite, sting, burn(verb)

    cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort

    "The sun burned his face"

  12. bite(verb)

    penetrate or cut, as with a knife

    "The fork bit into the surface"

  13. sting, bite, prick(verb)

    deliver a sting to

    "A bee stung my arm yesterday"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. bite(verb)ɪt

    to cut with your teeth

    to bite into an apple; cats scratching and biting each other; He bit off a piece of the bread.

  2. biteɪt

    (of insects) to draw blood leaving a raised spot on the skin

    Mosquitoes were biting us.; Do spiders bite?

  3. biteɪt

    to decide to do sth difficult

    He finally bit the bullet and admitted his mistake.

  4. biteɪt

    to suddenly and angrily criticize

    I asked her, and she bit my head off.

  5. bite(noun)ɪt

    a mouthful of food

    He spit out his food after one bite.; a bite-sized piece; Ben took a huge bite out of the sandwich.

  6. biteɪt

    a mark where an animal or an insect bites you

    a mosquito bite

  7. biteɪt

    a small meal

    We went out for a bite to eat.; I usually grab a bite on my way home from work.


  1. bite(Noun)

    The act of biting.

  2. bite(Noun)

    The wound left behind after having been bitten.

    That snake bite really hurts!

  3. bite(Noun)

    The swelling of one's skin caused by an insect's mouthparts or sting.

    After just one night in the jungle I was covered with mosquito bites.

  4. bite(Noun)

    A piece of food of a size that would be produced by biting; a mouthful.

    There were only a few bites left on the plate.

  5. bite(Noun)

    Something unpleasant.

    That's really a bite!

  6. bite(Noun)

    An act of plagiarism.

    That song is a bite of my song!

  7. bite(Noun)

    A small meal or snack.

    I'll have a quick bite to quiet my stomach until dinner.

  8. bite(Noun)


  9. bite(Verb)

    To cut off a piece by clamping the teeth.

    As soon as you bite that sandwich, you'll know how good it is.

  10. bite(Verb)

    To hold something by clamping oneu2019s teeth.

  11. bite(Verb)

    To attack with the teeth.

    That dog is about to bite!

  12. bite(Verb)

    To take hold; to establish firm contact with.

    I needed snow chains to make the tires bite.

  13. bite(Verb)

    To bite a baited hook or other lure and thus be caught.

    Are the fish biting today?

  14. bite(Verb)

    To fall for a deception.

    I've planted the story. Do you think they'll bite?

  15. bite(Verb)

    To sting.

    These mosquitoes are really biting today!

  16. bite(Verb)

    To lack quality; to be worthy of derision.

    This music really bites.

  17. bite(Verb)

    To plagiarize.

    He's biting my style.

  18. bite(Verb)

    To bite a woman's pudenda.

    They can bite me.

  19. Origin: From the verb .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bite(verb)

    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

  2. Bite(verb)

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

  3. Bite(verb)

    to cause sharp pain, or smarting, to; to hurt or injure, in a literal or a figurative sense; as, pepper bites the mouth

  4. Bite(verb)

    to cheat; to trick; to take in

  5. Bite(verb)

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

  6. Bite(verb)

    to seize something forcibly with the teeth; to wound with the teeth; to have the habit of so doing; as, does the dog bite?

  7. Bite(verb)

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

  8. Bite(verb)

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

  9. Bite(verb)

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

  10. Bite(verb)

    to take or keep a firm hold; as, the anchor bites

  11. Bite

    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

  12. Bite

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

  13. Bite

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

  14. Bite

    a morsel; as much as is taken at once by biting

  15. Bite

    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

  16. Bite

    a cheat; a trick; a fraud

  17. Bite

    a sharper; one who cheats

  18. Bite

    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


  1. Bite

    A bite is a wound received from the mouth of an animal, including humans. Animals may bite in self-defense, in an attempt to predate food, as well as part of normal interactions. Other bite attacks may be apparently unprovoked. Self-inflicted bites occur in some genetic illnesses such as Lesch-Nyhan syndrome. Biting is an act that occurs when an animal uses its teeth to pierce another object, including food, flesh and inanimate matter. A person bitten by an animal potentially carrying parvovirus or rabies virus should consult a medical doctor immediately. An animal bite victim may also incur serious bacterial infections of the bone called osteomyelitis which can become life threatening if untreated, whether or not the animal has parvovirus or rabies virus.

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Anagrams of BITE

  1. EBIT

Translations for BITE

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an act of biting or the piece or place bitten

a bite from the apple; a mosquito bite.

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