Bite meaning

bīt
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.

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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.

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To cut, grip, or tear with or as if with the teeth.
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To grip, grab, or seize.

Bald treads that couldn't bite the icy road; bitten by a sudden desire to travel.

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To eat into; corrode.
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To cut into with or as if with a sharp instrument.

The ax bit the log deeply.

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To cause to sting or be painful.

Cold that bites the skin; a conscience bitten by remorse.

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To grip, cut into, or injure something with or as if with the teeth.
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To have a stinging effect.
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To have a sharp taste.
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To take or swallow bait.
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To be taken in by a ploy or deception.

Tried to sell the Brooklyn Bridge, but no one bit.

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(vulgar slang) To be highly disagreeable or annoying.
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The act of biting.
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A skin wound or puncture produced by an animal's teeth or mouthparts.

The bite of an insect.

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An amount removed by or as if by an act of biting.

Rezoning took a bite out of the town's residential area.

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An excerpt or fragment taken from something larger, such as a film.
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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.

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(dentistry) The angle at which the upper and lower teeth meet; occlusion.
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The corrosive action of acid upon an etcher's metal plate.
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(slang) An amount of money appropriated or withheld.

Trying to avoid the tax bite.

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To grip, pierce, or cut with the teeth or with parts like jaws.
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To cut into, as with a sharp weapon.
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To sting, as an insect.
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To hurt in a sharp, stinging way.
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To eat into; corrode.
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To infect or possess.

Bitten by a lust for power.

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To cheat or trick.
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To get or keep a tight hold; grip.

The car wheels bit into the snow.

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To seize a bait.
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The act of biting.
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Biting quality; sting.

A bite to his words.

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A wound, bruise, or sting from biting.
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A brief excerpt or other small piece of information.
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A tight hold or grip.
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An edge or surface that grips.
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(informal) An amount cut off or sum deducted.

The tax takes quite a bite from my paycheck.

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(dentistry) The way the upper and lower teeth meet.
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To cut, grip, or tear with the teeth.
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The act of biting.
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To cause a biting sensation or have a biting effect.
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(slang) Money or price asked; cost; expense.
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(etching) The corrosion of the metal plate by the acid.
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A skin wound or puncture produced by an animal's teeth or mouthparts.

The bite of an insect.

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(dentistry) The angle at which the upper and lower teeth meet; occlusion.
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To cut off a piece by clamping the teeth.

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

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To hold something by clamping one's teeth.
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(intransitive) To attack with the teeth.

That dog is about to bite!

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(intransitive) To behave aggressively; to reject advances.

If you see me, come and say hello. I don't bite.

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(intransitive) To take hold; to establish firm contact with.

I needed snow chains to make the tires bite.

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(intransitive) To have significant effect, often negative.

For homeowners with adjustable rate mortgages, rising interest will really bite.

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(intransitive, of a fish) To bite a baited hook or other lure and thus be caught.

Are the fish biting today?

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(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?

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(intransitive, of an insect) To sting.

These mosquitoes are really biting today!

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(intransitive) To cause a smarting sensation; to have a property which causes such a sensation; to be pungent.

It bites like pepper or mustard.

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To cause sharp pain, or smarting, to; to hurt or injure, in a literal or a figurative sense.

Pepper bites the mouth.

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(intransitive) To cause sharp pain; to produce anguish; to hurt or injure; to have the property of so doing.
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(intransitive) To take or keep a firm hold.

The anchor bites.

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To take hold of; to hold fast; to adhere to.

The anchor bites the ground.

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(intransitive, slang) To lack quality; to be worthy of derision; to suck.

This music really bites.

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(informal, vulgar) To perform oral sex on. Used in invective.

You don't like that I sat on your car? Bite me.

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(intransitive, African American Vernacular, slang) To plagiarize, to imitate.

He always be biting my moves.

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The act of biting.
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The wound left behind after having been bitten.

That snake bite really hurts!

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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.

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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.

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(slang) Something unpleasant.

That's really a bite!

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(slang) An act of plagiarism.

That song is a bite of my song!

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A small meal or snack.

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

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(figuratively) Aggression.
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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.
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(colloquial, dated) A cheat; a trick; a fraud.
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(colloquial, dated, slang) A sharper; one who cheats.

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(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.
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bite off more than (one) can chew
  • To decide or agree to do more than one can finally accomplish.
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bite (someone's) head off
  • To respond to a comment in an angry or reproachful way.
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(slang) bite the bullet
  • To face a painful situation bravely and stoically.
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(slang) bite the dust
  • To fall dead, especially in combat.
  • To be defeated.
  • To come to an end.
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bite the hand that feeds (one)
  • To repay generosity or kindness with ingratitude and injury.
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bite down (on)
  • to clamp the jaws and teeth (onto something)
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bite off more than one can chew
  • to attempt more than one is capable of
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bite the hand that feeds one
  • to insult or harm a benefactor
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Origin of bite

  • Middle English biten from Old English bītan bheid- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary