Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a portion removed from the whole
  2. (noun, act) the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws
  3. (noun, attribute) a strong odor or taste property
    the sulfurous bite of garlic
    the sharpness of strange spices
    the raciness of the wine
  4. (noun, communication) wit having a sharp and caustic quality
    the bite of satire
  5. (noun, event) (angling) an instance of a fish taking the bait
  6. (noun, food) a light informal meal
  7. (noun, food) a small amount of solid food; a mouthful
  8. (noun, state) a wound resulting from biting by an animal or a person
  9. (noun, state) a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin
  10. (verb, contact) penetrate or cut, as with a knife
  11. (verb, contact) deliver a sting to
  12. (verb, contact) to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws
  13. (verb, perception) cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Bite

  1. O.E. bitan (class I strong verb; past tense bat, pp. biten), from P.Gmc. *bitan (O.Fris. bita, M.Du. biten, Ger. beissen, Goth. beitan "to bite"), from PIE base *bheid- "to split, crack" (see fissure). To bite the bullet is 1700s military slang, from old medical custom of having the patient bite a bullet duri… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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