- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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