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 , bitten or bit, biting
- to seize, 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 bītan ; 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
- Slang suck ()
- 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 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 , 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 off more than one can chew☆
bite the bulletInformal
bite the hand that feeds one
verbbit bit , 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 ax 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”).