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Meaning of BITE

Pronunciation:  bIt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws
  2. [n]  a sharp bitter taste property
  3. [n]  a light informal meal
  4. [n]  a small amount of solid food; a mouthful; "all they had left was a bit of bread"
  5. [n]  a wound resulting from biting
  6. [n]  a painful wound caused by the thrust of a stinger into skin
  7. [v]  of insects, scorpions, or other animals; "A bee stung my arm yesterday."
  8. [v]  to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws; "Gunny invariably tried to bite her"
  9. [v]  penetrate or cut, as with a knife; "The fork bit into the surface"
  10. [v]  cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort; "The sun burned his face"

BITE is a 4 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: bit, burn, chomp, collation, insect bite, morsel, nosh, prick, pungency, seize with teeth, sharpness, snack, sting, sting, sting
 See Also: ache, bee sting, bite off, chaw, chew, coffee break, crumb, cud, dog bite, eating, feeding, flea bite, gnaw, grip, harm, hurt, hurt, injury, lesion, meal, mosquito bite, mouthful, munch, nibble, nibble, nip, nip, pierce, pinch, plug, quid, refreshment, repast, smart, snakebite, snap at, sop, sops, spice, spicery, spiciness, taste, tea break, trauma, urticate, wad, wound



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bite\, v. t. [imp. {Bit}; p. p. {Bitten}, {Bit}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Biting}.] [OE. biten, AS. b[=i]tan; akin to D.
    bijten, OS. b[=i]tan, OHG. b[=i]zan, G. beissen, Goth.
    beitan, Icel. b[=i]ta, Sw. bita, Dan. bide, L. findere to
    cleave, Skr. bhid to cleave. [root]87. Cf. {Fissure}.]
    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. ``Frosts do bite the meads.'' --Shak.
    4. To cheat; to trick; to take in. [Colloq.] --Pope.
    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 bite the ground}, 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} (any one), formerly a mark of
       contempt, designed to provoke a quarrel; to defy. ``Do you
       bite your thumb at us?'' --Shak.
    {To bite the tongue}, to keep silence. --Shak.
  2. \Bite\, 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
    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.
    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.
  3. \Bite\, n. [OE. bite, bit, bitt, AS. bite bite, fr.
    b[=i]tan to bite, akin to Icel. bit, OS. biti, G. biss. See
    {Bite}, v., and cf. {Bit}.]
    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. [Colloq.]
             The baser methods of getting money by fraud and
             bite, by deceiving and overreaching.  --Humorist.
    7. A sharper; one who cheats. [Slang] --Johnson.
    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.
Computing Dictionary

It's spelled "byte" to avoid confusion with "bit".

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