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Bite - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'Bite' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Bite [ v.]
- 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.
- The act of puncturing or abrading with an organ for taking food, as is done by some insects.
- The wound made by biting; as, the pain of a dog's or snake's bite; the bite of a mosquito.
- A morsel; as much as is taken at once by biting.
- 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.
- A cheat; a trick; a fraud.
- A sharper; one who cheats.
- 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.
2 . Bite [ v. i.]
- To seize something forcibly with the teeth; to wound with the teeth; to have the habit of so doing; as, does the dog bite?
- To cause a smarting sensation; to have a property which causes such a sensation; to be pungent; as, it bites like pepper or mustard.
- To cause sharp pain; to produce anguish; to hurt or injure; to have the property of so doing.
- To take a bait into the mouth, as a fish does; hence, to take a tempting offer.
- To take or keep a firm hold; as, the anchor bites.
3 . Bite [ v. t.]
- 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.
- To puncture, abrade, or sting with an organ (of some insects) used in taking food.
- To cause sharp pain, or smarting, to; to hurt or injure, in a literal or a figurative sense; as, pepper bites the mouth.
- To cheat; to trick; to take in.
- To take hold of; to hold fast; to adhere to; as, the anchor bites the ground.

Meaning of 'Bite' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . bite [ n]
Meaning (1):
- (angling) an instance of a fish taking the bait
Example in sentence:
  • after fishing for an hour he still had not had a bite
Meaning (2):
- a small amount of solid food; a mouthful
Example in sentence:
  • all they had left was a bit of bread
Meaning (3):
- wit having a sharp and caustic quality
Example in sentence:
  • he commented with typical pungency;
  • the bite of satire
Meaning (4):
- a portion removed from the whole
Example in sentence:
  • the government's weekly bite from my paycheck
Meaning (5):
- a strong odor or taste property
Example in sentence:
  • the pungency of mustard;
  • the raciness of the wine;
  • the sharpness of strange spices;
  • the sulfurous bite of garlic
6 . bite [ v]
Meaning (6):
- deliver a sting to
Example in sentence:
  • A bee stung my arm yesterday
Meaning (7):
- to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws
Example in sentence:
  • Gunny invariably tried to bite her
Meaning (8):
- penetrate or cut, as with a knife
Example in sentence:
  • The fork bit into the surface
Meaning (9):
- cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort
Example in sentence:
  • The sun burned his face