Bite

Definition of Bite

Pronunciation: bīt
v. t.1.
[imp. Bit (bĭt); p. p. Bitten (bĭt"t'n), Bit; p. pr. & vb. n. Biting.]
1.To seize with the teeth, so that they enter or nip the thing seized; to lacerate, crush, or wound with the teeth; as, to bite an apple; to bite a crust; the dog bit a man.
Such smiling rogues as these,
Like rats, oft bite the holy cords atwain.
- Shak.
2.To puncture, abrade, or sting with an organ (of some insects) used in taking food.
3.To cause sharp pain, or smarting, to; to hurt or injure, in a literal or a figurative sense; as, pepper bites the mouth.
4.To cheat; to trick; to take in.
5.To take hold of; to hold fast; to adhere to; as, the anchor bites the ground.
The last screw of the rack having been turned so often that its purchase crumbled, . . . it turned and turned with nothing to bite.
- Dickens.
To bite the dust
to fall in the agonies of death; as, he made his enemy bite the dust.
To bite in
(Etching) to corrode or eat into metallic plates by means of an acid.
To bite the thumb at
formerly a mark of contempt, designed to provoke a quarrel; to defy.
To bite the tongue
to keep silence.
- Shak.
v. i.1.To seize something forcibly with the teeth; to wound with the teeth; to have the habit of so doing; as, does the dog bite?
2.To cause a smarting sensation; to have a property which causes such a sensation; to be pungent; as, it bites like pepper or mustard.
3.To cause sharp pain; to produce anguish; to hurt or injure; to have the property of so doing.
At the last it [wine] biteth like serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
- Prov. xxiii. 32.
4.To take a bait into the mouth, as a fish does; hence, to take a tempting offer.
5.To take or keep a firm hold; as, the anchor bites.
n.1.The act of seizing with the teeth or mouth; the act of wounding or separating with the teeth or mouth; a seizure with the teeth or mouth, as of a bait; as, to give anything a hard bite.
I have known a very good fisher angle diligently four or six hours for a river carp, and not have a bite.
- Walton.
2.The act of puncturing or abrading with an organ for taking food, as is done by some insects.
3.The wound made by biting; as, the pain of a dog's or snake's bite; the bite of a mosquito.
4.A morsel; as much as is taken at once by biting.
5.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.
6.A cheat; a trick; a fraud.
The baser methods of getting money by fraud and bite, by deceiving and overreaching.
- Humorist.
7.A sharper; one who cheats.
8.(Print.) 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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