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Definition of "bite" []

  • To cut, grip, or tear with or as if with the teeth. (verb-transitive)
  • To pierce the skin of with the teeth, fangs, or mouthparts. (verb-transitive)
  • To sting with a stinger. (verb-transitive)
  • To cut into with or as if with a sharp instrument: The ax bit the log deeply. (verb-transitive)
  • To grip, grab, or seize: bald treads that couldn't bite the icy road; bitten by a sudden desire to travel. (verb-transitive)
  • To grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (of animals, insects, etc) to injure by puncturing or tearing (the skin or flesh) with the teeth, fangs, etc, esp as a natural characteristic (verb)
  • To cut or penetrate, as with a knife (verb)
  • (of corrosive material such as acid) to eat away or into (verb)
  • To smart or cause to smart; sting (verb)
  • (of a fish) to take or attempt to take the bait or lure (verb)
  • To take firm hold of or act effectively upon (verb)
  • To grip or hold (a workpiece) with a tool or chuck (verb)
  • (of a screw, thread, etc) to cut into or grip (an object, material, etc) (verb)
  • To annoy or worry (verb)
  • To cheat (verb)
  • To ask (for); scrounge from (verb)
  • The act of biting (noun)
  • A thing or amount bitten off (noun)
  • A wound, bruise, or sting inflicted by biting (noun)
  • An attempt by a fish to take the bait or lure (noun)
  • An incisive or penetrating effect or quality (noun)
  • A light meal; snack (noun)
  • A cutting, stinging, or smarting sensation (noun)
  • The depth of cut of a machine tool (noun)
  • The grip or hold applied by a tool or chuck to a workpiece (noun)
  • The angle or manner of contact between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed naturally (noun)
  • The surface of a file or rasp with cutting teeth (noun)
  • The corrosive action of acid, as on a metal etching plate (noun)

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Use "bite" in a sentence
  • ""Besides, we ain't goin 'to bite off only just a little _bit_ of a _bite_!"
  • "My go to lure when I am looking for a bite is a 4inch zoom finese worm texas rigged."
  • "The danger from the bite is the an allergic reaction and the swelling of soft tissues which may interfere with your breathing."