A woman takes a bite out of an apple.
A child taking a bite out of an apple.
- The definition of a bite is the act of using your teeth to dig into something, a wound inflicted by someone's teeth digging into something, a quick snack, or an amount cut off.
- An example of a bite is the action of a person using his teeth to dig into an apple.
- An example of a bite is the wound created when a dog digs his teeth into a person.
- An example of a bite is a sandwich.
- An example of a bite is a deduction given on a bill.
- To bite is defined as to use your teeth to dig into something, or being enticed to get interested in or involved in something.
- An example of bite is when you use your teeth to eat a piece of an apple.
- An example of bite is when you hear a sales pitch and decide to learn more about the product.
transitive verbbit , bit′ten or bit, bit′ing
- to grip, pierce, or cut with the teeth or with parts like jaws
- to cut into, as with a sharp weapon
- to sting, as an insect
- to hurt in a sharp, stinging way
- to eat into; corrode
- to infect or possess: used esp. in the passive: bitten by a lust for power
- to cheat or trick: used esp. in the passive
Origin of biteMiddle English biten from Old English b?tan from Indo-European base an unverified form bheid-, to split, crack from source beetle, bitter, Classical Latin findere, to split (see fission)
- to press or snap the teeth (into, at, etc.)
- to have a tendency to do this
- to cause a biting sensation or have a biting effect
- to get or keep a tight hold; grip: the car wheels bit into the snow
- to seize a bait
- to be caught, as by a trick
- to show interest in, or accept, something offered
- Slang suck (intransitive verb)
- the act of biting
- biting quality; sting: a bite to his words
- a wound, bruise, or sting from biting
- amount of food bitten off; mouthful or morsel
- a meal, esp. a light meal or snack
- a brief excerpt or other small piece of information
- a tight hold or grip
- an edge or surface that grips
- Informal an amount cut off or sum deducted: the tax takes quite a bite from my paycheck
- Slang money or price asked; cost; expense: with the: usually used in the phrase put the bite on, to press for a loan, gift, or bribe of money
- Dentistry the way the upper and lower teeth meet
- Etching the corrosion of the metal plate by the acid
bite down (on)
bite off more than one can chew
bite the hand that feeds one
verbbit, bit·ten, or bit bit·ing, bites
- To cut, grip, or tear with or as if with the teeth.
- a. To pierce the skin of with the teeth, fangs, or mouthparts.b. To sting with a stinger.
- To cut into with or as if with a sharp instrument: The axe bit the log deeply.
- To grip, grab, or seize: bald treads that couldn't bite the icy road; bitten by a sudden desire to travel.
- To eat into; corrode.
- To cause to sting or be painful: cold that bites the skin; a conscience bitten by remorse.
- To grip, cut into, or injure something with or as if with the teeth.
- To have a stinging effect.
- To have a sharp taste.
- To take or swallow bait.
- To be taken in by a ploy or deception: tried to sell the Brooklyn Bridge, but no one bit.
- Vulgar Slang To be highly disagreeable or annoying.
- The act of biting.
- A skin wound or puncture produced by an animal's teeth or mouthparts: the bite of an insect.
- a. A stinging or smarting sensation.b. An incisive, penetrating quality: the bite of satire.
- An amount removed by or as if by an act of biting: Rezoning took a bite out of the town's residential area.
- An excerpt or fragment taken from something larger, such as a film.
- a. An amount of food taken into the mouth at one time; a mouthful.b. Informal A light meal or snack.
- The act or an instance of taking bait: fished all day without a bite; an ad that got a few bites but no final sales.
- a. A secure grip or hold applied by a tool or machine upon a working surface.b. The part of a tool or machine that presses against and maintains a firm hold on a working surface.
- Dentistry The angle at which the upper and lower teeth meet; occlusion.
- The corrosive action of acid upon an etcher's metal plate.
- Slang An amount of money appropriated or withheld: trying to avoid the tax bite.
Origin of biteMiddle English biten from Old English bītan ; see bheid- in Indo-European roots.
- bit′a·ble bite′a·ble
(third-person singular simple present bites, present participle biting, simple past bit, past participle bitten or ((US) rare, (UK) archaic) bit)
- To cut off a piece by clamping the teeth.
- As soon as you bite that sandwich, you'll know how good it is.
- To hold something by clamping one's teeth.
- (intransitive) To attack with the teeth.
- That dog is about to bite!
- (intransitive) To behave aggressively; to reject advances.
- If you see me, come and say hello. I don't bite.
- (intransitive) To take hold; to establish firm contact with.
- I needed snow chains to make the tires bite.
- (intransitive) To have significant effect, often negative.
- For homeowners with adjustable rate mortgages, rising interest will really bite.
- (intransitive, of a fish) To bite a baited hook or other lure and thus be caught.
- Are the fish biting today?
- (intransitive, metaphor) To accept something offered, often secretly or deceptively, to cause some action by the acceptor.
- I've planted the story. Do you think they'll bite?
- (intransitive, of an insect) To sting.
- These mosquitoes are really biting today!
- (intransitive) To cause a smarting sensation; to have a property which causes such a sensation; to be pungent.
- It bites like pepper or mustard.
- To cause sharp pain, or smarting, to; to hurt or injure, in a literal or a figurative sense.
- Pepper bites the mouth.
- (intransitive) To cause sharp pain; to produce anguish; to hurt or injure; to have the property of so doing.
- (intransitive) To take or keep a firm hold.
- The anchor bites.
- To take hold of; to hold fast; to adhere to.
- The anchor bites the ground.
- (intransitive, slang) To lack quality; to be worthy of derision; to suck.
- This music really bites.
- (informal, vulgar) To perform oral sex on. Used in invective.
- You don't like that I sat on your car? Bite me.
- (intransitive, African American Vernacular, slang) To plagiarize, to imitate.
- He always be biting my moves.
- The act of biting.
- The wound left behind after having been bitten.
- That snake bite really hurts!
- 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.
- 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.
- (slang) Something unpleasant.
- That's really a bite!
- (slang) An act of plagiarism.
- That song is a bite of my song!
- A small meal or snack.
- I'll have a quick bite to quiet my stomach until dinner.
- (figuratively) aggression
- 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.
- (colloquial, dated) A cheat; a trick; a fraud.
- (colloquial, dated, slang) A sharper; one who cheats.
- (printing) 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.
From Middle English biten, from Old English bītan, from Proto-Germanic *bītaną, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeyd- (“to split”). Cognates include West Frisian bite, Low German bieten, Dutch bijten, Swedish bita, German beißen, Danish bide, Gothic (beitan), and through Indo-European, Ancient Greek φείδομαι (pheidomai), Sanskrit भिद् (bhid, “to break”), Latin findo (“split”).