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ˈbaɪ tɪŋbit·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. barbed, biting, nipping, pungent, mordaciousadjective

    capable of wounding

    "a barbed compliment"; "a biting aphorism"; "pungent satire"

  2. biting, bitteradjective

    causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation; used especially of cold

    "bitter cold"; "a biting wind"


  1. bitingnoun

    The action of the verb to bite.

  2. bitingnoun

    An occurrence of a bite.

  3. bitingadjective

    Causing a stinging sensation.

    a biting wind

  4. bitingadjective

    Cutting or incisive.

    a biting criticism

  5. bitingadjective

    Tending to bite.

    a biting insect


  1. Biting

    Biting is a common zoological behavior involving the active, rapid closing of the jaw around an object. This behavior is found in toothed animals such as mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish, but can also exist in arthropods. Myocytic contraction of the muscles of mastication is responsible for generating the force that initiates the preparatory jaw abduction (opening), then rapidly adducts (closes) the jaw and moves the top and bottom teeth towards each other, resulting in the forceful action of a bite.Biting is one of the main functions in most macro-organisms' life, providing them the ability to forage, hunt, eat, build, play, fight and protect, and much more. Biting may be a form of physical aggression due to predatory or territorial intentions, but can also be a normal activity of an animal as it eats, carries objects, softens and prepares food for its young, removes ectoparasites or irritating foreign objects (e.g. burred plant seeds) from body surface, scratches itself, and grooms other animals. Animal bites often result in serious punctures, avulsions, fractures, hemorrhages, infections, envenomation and death. In modern human societies, dog bites are the most common types, with children the most common victims and faces the most common targets. Other species that can exhibit such behavior towards human are typically aggressive urban animals such as feral cats, spiders and snakes, micropredators such as vampire bats and hematophagic arachnids (e.g. mosquitoes, fleas, lice, bedbugs and ticks, whose "bites" are actually a form of sting-like puncture rather than true biting), or dangerous wild carnivores such as wolves, big cats, bears, crocodilians and predatory fishes (e.g. sharks, barracudas and piranhas).


  1. biting

    Biting is the act of using teeth to cut, pierce, or grip something, often in order to eat, defend oneself, or otherwise cause injury or damage. This action is typically performed by animals, but also applies to humans. it can further refer to the effectiveness or incisiveness of comments or actions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Biting

    of Bite

  2. Bitingadjective

    that bites; sharp; cutting; sarcastic; caustic

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of biting in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of biting in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of biting in a Sentence

  1. Austin O'Malley:

    Revenge is often like biting a dog because the dog bit you.

  2. Samuel Goldwyn:

    That's the trouble with directors. Always biting the hand that lays the golden egg.

  3. Hossein Rassam:

    This was a bitter defeat for Ayatollah Rafsanjani. It demonstrated the biting reality that Rafsanjani is no longer a pillar of the Islamic Republic to powerful hardliners, even though he is still very influential.

  4. Philip Sidney:

    Thus, with child to speak, and helpless in my throes, biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite: Fool! said my muse to me, look in thy heart, and write.

  5. Boris Nemtsov:

    He was seen as a handsome, charismatic, open and energetic man. An artistic orator with a biting tongue ... And of course Boris will be missed like spice, which in small doses can give a rich taste.

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