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Verb: bite (bit,bitten)  bIt
  1. To grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws
    "Gunny invariably tried to bite her";
    - seize with teeth
     
  2. Cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort
    "The sun bit his face";
    - sting, burn
     
  3. Penetrate or cut, as with a knife
    "The fork bit into the surface"
     
  4. Deliver a sting to
    - sting, prick
Noun: bite  bIt
  1. A wound resulting from biting by an animal or a person
     
  2. A small amount of solid food; a mouthful
    "all they had left was a bite of bread";
    - morsel, bit
     
  3. A painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin
    - sting, insect bite
     
  4. A light informal meal
    - collation, snack
     
  5. (angling) an instance of a fish taking the bait
    "after fishing for an hour he still had not had a bite"
     
  6. Wit having a sharp and caustic quality
    "the bite of satire";
    - pungency
     
  7. A strong odour or taste property
    "the sulphurous bite of garlic";
    - pungency, sharpness, raciness
     
  8. The act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws
    - chomp
     
  9. A portion removed from the whole
    "the government's weekly bite from my paycheque"

Sounds like: bight, byte

Derived forms: bitten, bit, bites, biting

See also: bite off

Type of: ache, deduction, drollness, eating, feeding, grip, harm, humor [US], humour [Brit, Cdn], hurt, injury, lesion, meal, mouthful, pierce, repast, smart, spice, spicery, spiciness, subtraction, success, taste, trauma, wit, witticism, wittiness, wound

Encyclopedia: Bite