What does BITE mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word BITE.

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"


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bite

    bīt, v.t. to seize or tear with the teeth: to sting or pain: to wound by reproach: to deceive, or take in—now only passive:—pa.t. bit; pa.p. bit or bit′ten.—n. a grasp by the teeth: a nibble at the bait by a fish: something bitten off: a mouthful.—v.t. Bite′-in, to eat out the lines of an etching with acid: to repress.—n. Bit′er, one who bites: a fish apt to take the bait: a cheat.—n. and adj. Bit′ing.—To bite the dust, to fall, to die; To bite the thumb, to express defiance by putting the thumbnail into the mouth and knocking it against the teeth. [A.S. bítan; Goth. beitan, Ice. bita, Ger. beissen.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BITE' in Verbs Frequency: #676


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of BITE in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of BITE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John M. Keil:

    Take a bite out of crime

  2. Jennifer Lighter-Fisher:

    Ebola's like a shark bite.

  3. California Governor Jerry Brown:

    We have to bite the bullet.

  4. Marilyn Monroe:

    Dogs never bite me. Just humans.

  5. Todd Graham:

    It sounded made for a sound bite.

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Translations for BITE

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • bytAfrikaans
  • عضArabic
  • куса́ць, ўкусі́цьBelarusian
  • ухапване, хапка, захапвам, хапя, отха́пвам, щипя, заха́пвам, жиля, кълваBulgarian
  • দংশন করা, কামড়ানোBengali
  • mossegada, mossegarCatalan, Valencian
  • mursicà, murdaCorsican
  • kousatCzech
  • bid, bideDanish
  • Bissen, Biss, Stich, beißenGerman
  • mordiEsperanto
  • picar, morderSpanish
  • گاز زدن, گزیدن, گاز گرفتن, نیش زدن, به دندان گرفتنPersian
  • purema, puraisu, pistää, puraista, haukata, purra, syödäFinnish
  • bítaFaroese
  • morsure, piqûre, bouchée, mordre, piquerFrench
  • biteWestern Frisian
  • bain sclamh, bain plaic, bain greimIrish
  • mordedela, mordedura, mordida, morderGalician
  • נשיכה, נגיסה, נשך, נגסHebrew
  • काटनाHindi
  • harapHungarian
  • խայթոց, կծելArmenian
  • gigitIndonesian
  • bítaIcelandic
  • puntura, morso, boccone, morsicatura, pungere, morsicare, abboccare, mordereItalian
  • 咬傷, 噛む, 嚼む, 咬む, 噛み切る, 嚙むJapanese
  • ლუკმა, მოჭმაGeorgian
  • ខាំKhmer
  • 물린데, 묾, 돌리다, 물다, 쏘다, 물어떼다, 깨물다, 속다Korean
  • кесим, тиштердин кабышып турушу, чагуу, тиштөө, кесүү, кабуу, тилке, үзүмKyrgyz
  • mordeo, morsicoLatin
  • Maufel, Bëss, Stach, bäissenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • kodums, kostLatvian
  • wero, tītopeMāori
  • гриз, гри́зење, за́лак, одгри́зува, бо́де, па́ѓа, насе́днува, гри́зе, ка́са, загри́зуваMacedonian
  • കടിMalayalam
  • gigitMalay
  • igdemMaltese
  • ကိုက်Burmese
  • beet, bijten, hapDutch
  • biting, tygge, stikk, bitt, munnfull, bite, bite påNorwegian
  • gryźćPolish
  • mordida, bocada, mordedura, picada, cair, agarrar, abocanhar, morder, picarPortuguese
  • kaniyQuechua
  • morderRomansh
  • înghițitură, mușcătură, înțepa, mușcaRomanian
  • уку́с, укуси́ть, куса́ть, откуси́ть, попа́сться, клева́ть, жа́лить, клю́нуть, отку́сывать, хвата́ть, ужа́лить, купи́тьсяRussian
  • гристи, gristi, угристи, ugristiSerbo-Croatian
  • hrýzaťSlovak
  • ugriz, grižjaj, gristi, ugriznitiSlovene
  • kafshoj, kafshonAlbanian
  • bett, bitande, tugga, munsbit, stick, bitaSwedish
  • mdundoSwahili
  • కుట్టు, కొరుకు, కాటుTelugu
  • газиданTajik
  • กัดThai
  • kagatTagalog
  • ısırık, lokma, ısırmak, sokmakTurkish
  • куса́ти, укуси́тиUkrainian
  • cắnVietnamese
  • lumaZulu

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