Meaning of BITE in English


[bite] vb bit ; bit.ten also bit ; [ME, fr. OE bitan; akin to OHG bizan to bite, L findere to split] vt (bef. 12c) 1 a: to seize esp. with teeth or jaws so as to enter, grip, or wound b: to wound, pierce, or sting esp. with a fang or a proboscis

2: to cut or pierce with or as if with an edged weapon

3: to cause sharp pain or stinging discomfort to

4: to take hold of

5. archaic: to take in: cheat ~ vi 1: to bite or have the habit of biting something

2. of a weapon or tool: to cut, pierce, or take hold

3: to cause irritation or smarting

4: corrode

5. a of fish: to take a bait b: to respond so as to be caught (as by a trick)

6: to take or maintain a firm hold -- n -- bite off more than one can chew : to undertake more than one can perform -- bite the bullet : to enter with resignation upon a difficult or distressing course of action -- bite the dust 1: to fall dead esp. in battle

2: to suffer humiliation or defeat -- bite the hand that feeds one : to injure a benefactor maliciously

[2]bite n (15c) 1: the act or manner of biting

2: food: as a: the amount of food taken at a bite: morsel b: a small amount of food: snack 3 archaic a: cheat, trick b: sharper

4: a wound made by biting

5: the hold or grip by which friction is created or purchase is obtained

6: a surface that creates friction or is brought into contact with another for the purpose of obtaining a hold

7. a: a keen incisive quality b: a sharp penetrating effect 8: a single exposure of an etcher's plate to the corrosive action of acid 9: an amount taken usu. in one operation for one purpose: cut

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