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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
bite /baɪt/USA pronunciation
v., bit/bɪt/USA pronunciation bit•ten /ˈbɪtən/USA pronunciation or bit, bit•ing, n. v.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to cut or tear with the teeth:[~ + object]The cat bit me.[~ + into + object]The cat bit into my arm.
- to cut (something) off with the teeth;
sever: [~ + off + object]bit off a piece of meat.[~ + object + off]bit a piece off.
- to grip with the teeth:[~ + object]Our hero bit the rope and hung off the cliff by his teeth.
- (of an insect) to sting: [~ + object]bitten by a mosquito.[no object]The flies are biting today.
- to cause to sting:[~ + object]faces bitten by the icy wind.
- to take firm hold (of): [~ + object]studded tires that bite the road.[no object]When you feel the gears beginning to bite, let up on the clutch.
- Sport[no object]
- (of fish) to take bait (and hence get caught):Are the fish biting today?
- to respond to an offer or suggestion:It was a pretty good offer, but she didn't bite.
- an act of biting.
- a wound made by biting:The doctors treated several dog bites.
- a cutting, stinging, or nipping effect:That wine had quite a bite to it.
- a piece bitten off:Chew each bite carefully.
- a small meal:[usually singular]Let's go out for a bite.
- a morsel of food:I'll have a little bite of your salmon.
- a portion demanded or taken: a big bite of my paycheck.
- Dentistrythe way the upper and lower teeth come together:The orthodontist said I needed work to correct my bite.
- Idiomsbite off more than one can chew, to attempt something that exceeds one's ability:Writing a novel was biting off more than he could chew.
- Idiomsbite one's tongue, to suppress one's anger:I thought I might lose my temper so I bit my tongue instead.
- Idioms bite someone's head off, to respond with anger to someone's question or comment:When the students asked for more time to write their papers, the teacher nearly bit their heads off.
- Idioms bite the bullet. See bullet (def. 6).
- Idioms bite the dust. See dust (def. 14).
- Idioms bite the hand that feeds one, to repay kindness with malice or injury:I had helped him throughout his career, but when he got into trouble he turned and bit the hand that fed him.
- Idioms put the bite on, [~ + object][Slang.]to try to borrow or get money from:Let's put the bite on auntie, she's got plenty of dough.
(bīt),USA pronunciation v., bit, bit•ten or bit, bit•ing, n. v.t.
- to cut, wound, or tear with the teeth:She bit the apple greedily. The lion bit his trainer.
- to grip or hold with the teeth:Stop biting your lip!
- to sting, as does an insect.
- to cause to smart or sting:an icy wind that bit our faces.
- to sever with the teeth (often fol. by off):Don't bite your nails. The child bit off a large piece of the candy bar.
- to start to eat (often fol. by into):She bit into her steak.
- to clamp the teeth firmly on or around (often fol. by on):He bit hard on the stick while they removed the bullet from his leg.
- Informal Terms
- to take advantage of;
deceive:I got bitten in a mail-order swindle.
- to annoy or upset;
anger:What's biting you, sorehead?
- to eat into or corrode, as does an acid.
- to cut or pierce with, or as with, a weapon:The sword split his helmet and bit him fatally.
- Fine Art[Etching.]to etch with acid (a copper or other surface) in such parts as are left bare of a protective coating.
- to take firm hold or act effectively on:We need a clamp to bite the wood while the glue dries.
- [Archaic.]to make a decided impression on;
- to press the teeth into something;
attack with the jaws, bill, sting, etc.;
snap:Does your parrot bite?
- Sport[Angling.](of fish) to take bait:The fish aren't biting today.
- to accept an offer or suggestion, esp. one intended to trick or deceive:I knew it was a mistake, but I bit anyway.
- Informal Termsto admit defeat in guessing:I'll bite, who is it?
- to act effectively;
hold:This wood is so dry the screws don't bite.
- Slang Termsto be notably repellent, disappointing, poor, etc.;
- Idiomsbite off more than one can chew, to attempt something that exceeds one's capacity:In trying to build a house by himself, he bit off more than he could chew.
- Idiomsbite someone's head off, to respond with anger or impatience to someone's question or comment:He'll bite your head off if you ask for anything.
- Idiomsbite the bullet. See bullet (def. 6).
- Idiomsbite the dust. See dust (def. 14).
- Idiomsbite the hand that feeds one, to repay kindness with malice or injury:When he berates his boss, he is biting the hand that feeds him.
bit′a•ble, bite′a•ble, adj.
- an act of biting.
- a wound made by biting:a deep bite.
- a cutting, stinging, or nipping effect:the bite of an icy wind; the bite of whiskey on the tongue.
- a piece bitten off:Chew each bite carefully.
- a small meal:Let's have a bite before the theater.
- a portion severed from the whole:the government's weekly bite of my paycheck.
- a morsel of food:not a bite to eat.
- the occlusion of one's teeth:The dentist said I had a good bite.
- Mechanical Engineering[Mach.]
- Mechanical Engineeringthe catch or hold that one object or one part of a mechanical apparatus has on another.
- Mechanical Engineeringa surface brought into contact to obtain a hold or grip, as in a lathe chuck or similar device.
- Mechanical Engineeringthe amount of material that a mechanical shovel or the like can carry at one time.
effectiveness:The bite of his story is spoiled by his slovenly style.
- the roughness of the surface of a file.
- Metallurgythe maximum angle, measured from the center of a roll in a rolling mill, between a perpendicular and a line to the point of contact where a given object to be rolled will enter between the rolls.
- Idioms, Slang Termsput the bite on, [Slang.]
- to solicit or attempt to borrow money or something of value from.
- to press for money, as in extortion:They found out about his prison record and began to put the bite on him.
- bef. 1000; Middle English biten, Old English bītan; cognate with Old High German bīzan (German beissen), Gothic beitan, Old Norse bīta; akin to Latin findere to split
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged gnaw, chew, nip.
- 27.See corresponding entry in Unabridged mouthful, morsel, taste;
scrap, crumb, dab.
- 28.See corresponding entry in Unabridged snack, nosh.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
bite /baɪt/ vb (bites, biting, bit, bitten)
- to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws
- (of animals, insects, etc) to injure by puncturing or tearing (the skin or flesh) with the teeth, fangs, etc, esp as a natural characteristic
- (transitive) to cut or penetrate, as with a knife
- (of corrosive material such as acid) to eat away or into
- to smart or cause to smart; sting
- (intransitive) (of a fish) to take or attempt to take the bait or lure
- to take firm hold of or act effectively upon
- (transitive) informal to annoy or worry: what's biting her?
- (often passive) slang to cheat
- (transitive) often followed by for: Austral NZ slang to ask (for); scrounge from
- bite the dust ⇒
- put the bite on someone ⇒ Austral slang to ask someone for money
Etymology: Old English bītan; related to Latin findere to split, Sanskrit bhedati he splitsˈbiter n
- the act of biting
- a thing or amount bitten off
- a wound, bruise, or sting inflicted by biting
- an attempt by a fish to take the bait or lure
- a light meal; snack
- a cutting, stinging, or smarting sensation
- the angle or manner of contact between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed naturally