Meaning of BITE in English

BITE

/ baɪt; NAmE / verb , noun

■ verb

( bit / bɪt; NAmE /, bit·ten / ˈbɪtn; NAmE /)

USE TEETH

1.

bite (into / through / off sth) to use your teeth to cut into or through sth :

[ vn ]

She was bitten by the family dog.

Stop biting your nails!

[ v ]

She bit into a ripe juicy pear.

Does your dog bite?

Come here! I won't bite! (= you don't need to be afraid)

He bit off a large chunk of bread / He bit a large chunk of bread off.

OF INSECT / SNAKE

2.

to wound sb by making a small hole or mark in their skin :

[ vn ]

We were badly bitten by mosquitoes.

[ v ]

Most European spiders don't bite.

OF FISH

3.

[ v ] if a fish bites , it takes food from the hook of a fishing line and may get caught

HAVE EFFECT

4.

[ v ] to have an unpleasant effect :

The recession is beginning to bite.

IDIOMS

- be bitten by sth

- bite the bullet

- bite the dust

- bite the hand that feeds you

- bite your lip

- bite off more than you can chew

- bite your tongue

- I, etc. could have bitten my / his / her tongue out / off

—more at head noun , once adverb

PHRASAL VERBS

- bite back (at sb/sth)

- bite sth back

- bite into sth

■ noun

USING TEETH

1.

[ C ] an act of biting :

The dog gave me a playful bite.

He has to wear a brace to correct his bite (= the way the upper and lower teeth fit together) .

FOOD

2.

[ C ] a small piece of food that you can bite from a larger piece :

She took a couple of bites of the sandwich.

He didn't eat a bite of his dinner (= he ate nothing) .

3.

a ~ (to eat) [ sing. ] ( informal ) a small amount of food; a small meal :

How about a bite of lunch?

We just have time for a bite to eat before the movie.

OF INSECT / ANIMAL

4.

[ C ] a wound made by an animal or insect :

Dog bites can get infected.

a mosquito / snake bite

STRONG TASTE

5.

[ U ] a pleasant strong taste :

Cheese will add extra bite to any pasta dish.

COLD

6.

[ sing. ] a sharp cold feeling :

There's a bite in the air tonight.

POWERFUL EFFECT

7.

[ U ] a quality that makes sth effective or powerful :

The performance had no bite to it.

OF FISH

8.

[ C ] the act of a fish biting food on a hook

—see also frostbite , love bite , sound bite

IDIOMS

- a bite at / of the cherry

—more at bark noun

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English bītan , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bijten and German beissen .

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