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v. bit (bĭt), bit·ten (bĭt′n) or bit, bit·ing, bites
1. To cut, grip, or tear with or as if with the teeth.
a. To pierce the skin of with the teeth, fangs, or mouthparts.
b. To sting with a stinger.
3. To cut into with or as if with a sharp instrument: The axe bit the log deeply.
4. To grip, grab, or seize: bald treads that couldn't bite the icy road; bitten by a sudden desire to travel.
5. To eat into; corrode.
6. To cause to sting or be painful: cold that bites the skin; a conscience bitten by remorse.
1. To grip, cut into, or injure something with or as if with the teeth.
2. To have a stinging effect.
3. To have a sharp taste.
4. To take or swallow bait.
5. To be taken in by a ploy or deception: tried to sell the Brooklyn Bridge, but no one bit.
6. Vulgar Slang To be highly disagreeable or annoying.
1. The act of biting.
2. A skin wound or puncture produced by an animal's teeth or mouthparts: the bite of an insect.
a. A stinging or smarting sensation.
b. An incisive, penetrating quality: the bite of satire.
4. An amount removed by or as if by an act of biting: Rezoning took a bite out of the town's residential area.
5. An excerpt or fragment taken from something larger, such as a film.
a. An amount of food taken into the mouth at one time; a mouthful.
b. Informal A light meal or snack.
7. The act or an instance of taking bait: fished all day without a bite; an ad that got a few bites but no final sales.
a. A secure grip or hold applied by a tool or machine upon a working surface.
b. The part of a tool or machine that presses against and maintains a firm hold on a working surface.
9. Dentistry The angle at which the upper and lower teeth meet; occlusion.
10. The corrosive action of acid upon an etcher's metal plate.
11. Slang An amount of money appropriated or withheld: trying to avoid the tax bite.
bite off more than (one) can chew
To decide or agree to do more than one can finally accomplish.
bite (someone's) head off
To respond to a comment in an angry or reproachful way.
bite the bullet Slang
To face a painful situation bravely and stoically.
bite the dust Slang
1. To fall dead, especially in combat.
2. To be defeated.
3. To come to an end.
bite the hand that feeds (one)
To repay generosity or kindness with ingratitude and injury.

[Middle English biten, from Old English bītan; see bheid- in Indo-European roots.]

bit′a·ble, bite′a·ble adj.
bit′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.biter - someone who bitesbiter - someone who bites      
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
nibbler - a biter who takes dainty repeated bites


[ˈbaɪtəʳ] N the biter bitel cazador cazado


n the biter bitten!mit den eigenen Waffen geschlagen!; (in deception also) → der betrogene Betrüger!
References in classic literature ?
If I had been, I would have set my signet on the biter.
Ah, you biter, I wouldn't soil my knuckles on your ugly face; but if I had my thick boots on I'd dance the soul out of your carcass for two cents
And Biter recently appeared on a TV reality show that featured him and his entourage drinking heavily and trashing the staff on a luxury yacht cruise on the Mediterranean.
The term power bottom reveals more truth about gay sex than the term pillow biter, a slur invented by straight people.
The sensors have magnetoelastic properties, which change their magnetic properties under stress, according to William Biter, president of Sensortex.
No one is a born biter, however biting is a normal stage of child development.
Despite a leathery skin made slippery by mucous glands, a reputation for being a notoriously powerful biter, and the fact that it can be extremely toxic, the moray eel is a highly prized catch in some places.
The encounters ranged from a mild nip to forceful attacks in which the biter grabbed and shook a nestmate.
AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) GRAND CAYMAN An adult Grand Cayman Blue Iguana nicknamed Biter is shown shedding its dead skin at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park on the island.
Lieutenant Commander Louis Gardner has assumed command of the P2000 Patrol Vessel HMS Biter.