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Definition bite


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, Norwegian Bokmål bite, Norwegian Nynorsk bita, Gothic ?????? (beitan), and through Indo-European, Ancient Greek φείδομαι (pheídomai), Sanskrit भिद् (bhid, “to break”), Latin findo (“split”).


bite (third-person singular simple present bites, present participle biting, simple past bit, past participle bitten or (rare) bit)

  1. (transitive) To cut off a piece by clamping the teeth.
  2. (transitive) To hold something by clamping one's teeth.
  3. (intransitive) To attack with the teeth.
  4. (intransitive) To behave aggressively; to reject advances.
  5. (intransitive) To take hold; to establish firm contact with.
  6. (intransitive) To have significant effect, often negative.
  7. (intransitive, of a fish) To bite a baited hook or other lure and thus be caught.
  8. (intransitive, figuratively) To accept something offered, often secretly or deceptively, to cause some action by the acceptor.
  9. (intransitive, transitive, of an insect) To sting.
  10. (intransitive) To cause a smarting sensation; to have a property which causes such a sensation; to be pungent.
  11. (transitive, sometimes figuratively) To cause sharp pain or damage to; to hurt or injure.
  12. (intransitive) To cause sharp pain; to produce anguish; to hurt or injure; to have the property of so doing.
  13. (intransitive) To take or keep a firm hold.
  14. (transitive) To take hold of; to hold fast; to adhere to.
  15. (intransitive, slang) To lack quality; to be worthy of derision; to suck.
  16. (transitive, informal, vulgar) To perform oral sex on. Used in invective.
  17. (intransitive, African American Vernacular, slang) To plagiarize, to imitate.
  18. (obsolete) To deceive or defraud; to take in.


bite (plural bites)

  1. The act of biting.
  2. The wound left behind after having been bitten.
  3. The swelling of one's skin caused by an insect's mouthparts or sting.
  4. A piece of food of a size that would be produced by biting; a mouthful.
  5. (slang) Something unpleasant.
  6. (slang) An act of plagiarism.
  7. A small meal or snack.
  8. (figuratively) aggression
  9. 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.
  10. (colloquial, dated) A cheat; a trick; a fraud.
  11. (colloquial, dated, slang) A sharper; one who cheats.
  12. (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.
  13. (slang) A cut, a proportion of profits; an amount of money.

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