v. bit, bit•ten bit, bit•ing, v.t.
1. to cut, wound, or tear with the teeth.
2. to sever with the teeth (often fol. by off).
3. to grip with the teeth.
4. to sting, as an insect.
5. to cause to sting: faces bitten by the icy wind.
a. to cheat; deceive: bitten in a mail-order swindle.
b. to annoy or upset: What’s biting you?
7. to eat into; corrode.
8. to cut or pierce with or as if with a weapon.
9. to take firm hold of: a clamp to bite the wood.
10. to make an impression on; affect.
11. to press the teeth into something; attack with the jaws, bill, sting, etc.
12. (of fish) to take the bait.
13. to accept a deceptive offer or suggestion.
14. to take a firm hold.
15. the act of biting.
16. a wound made by biting.
17. a cutting, stinging, or nipping effect.
18. a piece bitten off.
19. a small meal.
20. a morsel of food.
21. an exacted portion: the tax bite.
22. the occlusion of the teeth.
23. a short excerpt, fragment, or bit: a visual bite from a film; word bites from poems.
a. the catch or hold that one object or one part of a mechanical apparatus has on another.
b. a surface brought into contact to obtain a hold or grip, as in a lathe chuck.
25. sharpness; incisiveness.
26. the roughness of the surface of a file.
1. bite off more than one can chew, to attempt something that exceeds one’s capacity.
2. bite one’s lip or tongue, to repress one’s anger or other emotions.
3. bite someone’s head off, to respond with anger or impatience to someone’s question or comment.
4. bite the hand that feeds one, to repay kindness with malice or injury.
5. put the bite on, Slang. to try to borrow or extort money from.
[before 1000; Middle English, Old English bītan; c. Old High German bīzan, Gothic beitan; akin to Latin findere to split]
bit′a•ble, bite′a•ble, adj.
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