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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bitenoun

    a wound resulting from biting by an animal or a person

  2. morsel, bit, bitenoun

    a small amount of solid food; a mouthful

    "all they had left was a bit of bread"

  3. sting, bite, insect bitenoun

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

  4. bite, collation, snacknoun

    a light informal meal

  5. bitenoun

    (angling) an instance of a fish taking the bait

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

  6. pungency, bitenoun

    wit having a sharp and caustic quality

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

  7. pungency, bite, sharpness, racinessnoun

    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, chompnoun

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

  9. biteverb

    a portion removed from the whole

    "the government's weekly bite from my paycheck"

  10. bite, seize with teethverb

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

    "Gunny invariably tried to bite her"

  11. bite, sting, burnverb

    cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort

    "The sun burned his face"

  12. biteverb

    penetrate or cut, as with a knife

    "The fork bit into the surface"

  13. sting, bite, prickverb

    deliver a sting to

    "A bee stung my arm yesterday"


  1. bitenoun

    The act of biting.

  2. bitenoun

    The wound left behind after having been bitten.

    That snake bite really hurts!

  3. bitenoun

    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. bitenoun

    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. bitenoun

    Something unpleasant.

    That's really a bite!

  6. bitenoun

    An act of plagiarism.

    That song is a bite of my song!

  7. bitenoun

    A small meal or snack.

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

  8. bitenoun


  9. biteverb

    To cut off a piece by clamping the teeth.

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

  10. biteverb

    To hold something by clamping one's teeth.

  11. biteverb

    To attack with the teeth.

    That dog is about to bite!

  12. biteverb

    To take hold; to establish firm contact with.

    I needed snow chains to make the tires bite.

  13. biteverb

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

    Are the fish biting today?

  14. biteverb

    To fall for a deception.

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

  15. biteverb

    To sting.

    These mosquitoes are really biting today!

  16. biteverb

    To lack quality; to be worthy of derision.

    This music really bites.

  17. biteverb

    To plagiarize.

    He's biting my style.

  18. biteverb

    To bite a woman's pudenda.

    They can bite me.

  19. Etymology: From the verb.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bitenoun

    The seizure of any thing by the teeth.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Does he think he can endure the everlasting burnings, or arm himself against the bites of the never dying worm? South.

    Nor dogdays parching heat that splits the rocks,
    Are half so harmful as the greedy flocks;
    Their venom’d bite, and fears indented on the stocks. John Dryden, Virgil’s Georgicks, b. ii. l. 522.

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

    Let a man be ne’er so wise,
    He may be caught with sober lies;
    For take it in its proper light,
    ’Tis just what coxcombs call a bite. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To BITEverb

    pret. I bit; part. pass. I have bit, or bitten.

    Etymology: bitan , Saxon.

    My very enemy’s dog,
    Though he had bit me, should have stood that night
    Against my fire. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Such smiling rogues as these,
    Like rats, oft bite the holy cords in twain,
    Too intricate t’ unloose. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    These are the youths that thunder at a playhouse, and fight for bitten apples. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    He falls; his arms upon his body sound,
    And with his bloody teeth he bites the ground. Dryden.

    There was lately a young gentleman bit to the bone, who has now indeed recovered. Tatler, №. 62.

    Their foul mouths have not opened their lips without a falsity; though they have showed their teeth as if they would bite off my nose. Scriblerus Club , Martinus Scriblerus.

    Here feel we the icy phang,
    And churlish chiding of the winter’s wind;
    Which when it bites and blows upon my body,
    Ev’n till I shrink with cold, I smile. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    Full fifty years harness’d in rugged steel,
    I have endur’d the biting winter’s blast,
    And the severer heats of parching summer. Nicholas Rowe, Ambitious Stepmother.

    Each poet with a diff’rent talent writes;
    One praises, one instructs, another bites. Wentworth Dillon.

    I’ve seen the day, with my good biting faulchion,
    I would have made them skip. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    It may be the first water will have more of the scent, as more fragrant; and the second more of the taste, as more bitter, or biting. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 21.

    Asleep and naked as an Indian lay,
    An honest factor stole a gem away:
    He pledg’d it to the knight; the knight had wit,
    So kept the diamond, and the rogue was bit. Alexander Pope.

    If you had allowed half the fine gentlemen to have conversed with you, they would have been strangely bit, while they thought only to fall in love with a fair lady. Alexander Pope, Letters.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Biteverb

    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. Biteverb

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

  3. Biteverb

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

  4. Biteverb

    to cheat; to trick; to take in

  5. Biteverb

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

  6. Biteverb

    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. Biteverb

    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. Biteverb

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

  9. Biteverb

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

  10. Biteverb

    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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bite

    Is said of the anchor when it holds fast in the ground on reaching it. Also, the hold which the short end of a lever has upon the thing to be lifted. Also, to bite off the top of small-arm cartridges.

Rap Dictionary

  1. biteverb

    To copy lyrics from other people. I know you down south are biting my lines, and if I catch you boy, your ass is mine -- Schoolly D (Gucci Time)

  2. biteverb

    To steal.

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  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

Examples of bite in a Sentence

  1. James Simpson:

    He calls it [the pacemaker] his shark bite.

  2. Ihor Dusaniwsky:

    You wonder are traders maxed out on risk on Tesla. At a certain point you're gorged. You can't take another bite.

  3. Neil Newhouse:

    There may be bite-sized pieces that Republicans can go for, but 2022 is probably going to be a lower turnout election -- a typical midterm election, which makes it a base election, it's hard to see how moving toward compromise on an issue like this helps motivate your base or even helps win you crossover votes. ... Whatever bill the Democrats are pushing forward is probably going to go too far for most moderate Republicans.

  4. Avril Lavigne:

    I had no idea a bug bite could do this, i was bedridden for five months.

  5. Holly Gordon:

    It's so easy to put your money on auto-pilot and just zone out, but it always comes back to bite you.

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Translations for bite

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  • 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
  • கடிக்கTamil
  • కుట్టు, కొరుకు, కాటుTelugu
  • газиданTajik
  • กัดThai
  • kagatTagalog
  • ısırık, lokma, ısırmak, sokmakTurkish
  • куса́ти, укуси́тиUkrainian
  • cắnVietnamese
  • Chinese
  • lumaZulu

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    someone who takes the place of another person
    • A. alternate
    • B. plush
    • C. frantic
    • D. handsome

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