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  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bait  \Bait\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Baited};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Baiting}.]  [OE.  baiten,  beit?n,  to  feed,  harass,  fr  Icel. 
  beita,  orig.  to  cause  to  bite,  fr  b[=i]ta.  [root]87.  See 
  {Bite}.] 
  1.  To  provoke  and  harass;  esp.,  to  harass  or  torment  for 
  sport;  as  to  bait  a  bear  with  dogs;  to  bait  a  bull. 
 
  2.  To  give  a  portion  of  food  and  drink  to  upon  the  road;  as 
  to  bait  horses.  --Holland. 
 
  3.  To  furnish  or  cover  with  bait,  as  a  trap  or  hook. 
 
  A  crooked  pin  .  .  .  bailed  with  a  vile  earthworm. 
  --W.  Irving. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bait  \Bait\,  v.  i. 
  To  stop  to  take  a  portion  of  food  and  drink  for  refreshment 
  of  one's  self  or  one's  beasts,  on  a  journey. 
 
  Evil  news  rides  post  while  good  news  baits.  --Milton. 
 
  My  lord's  coach  conveyed  me  to  Bury,  and  thence  baiting 
  at  Newmarket.  --Evelyn. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bait  \Bait\,  v.  i.  [F.  battre  de  l'aile  (or  des  ailes),  to  flap 
  or  flutter.  See  {Batter},  v.  i.] 
  To  flap  the  wings;  to  flutter  as  if  to  fly;  or  to  hover,  as  a 
  hawk  when  she  stoops  to  her  prey.  ``Kites  that  bait  and 
  beat.''  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bait  \Bait\,  n.  [Icel.  beita  food,  beit  pasture,  akin  to  AS 
  b[=a]t  food,  Sw  bete.  See  {Bait},  v.  i.] 
  1.  Any  substance,  esp.  food,  used  in  catching  fish,  or  other 
  animals,  by  alluring  them  to  a  hook,  snare,  inclosure,  or 
  net. 
 
  2.  Anything  which  allures;  a  lure;  enticement;  temptation. 
  --Fairfax. 
 
  3.  A  portion  of  food  or  drink,  as  a  refreshment  taken  on  a 
  journey;  also  a  stop  for  rest  and  refreshment. 
 
  4.  A  light  or  hasty  luncheon. 
 
  {Bait  bug}  (Zo["o]l),  a  crustacean  of  the  genus  {Hippa}  found 
  burrowing  in  sandy  beaches.  See  {Anomura}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bait 
  n  1:  anything  that  serves  as  an  enticement  [syn:  {come-on},  {hook}, 
  {lure},  {sweetener}] 
  2:  something  used  to  lure  victim  into  danger  [syn:  {decoy},  {lure}] 
  v  1:  harass  with  persistent  criticism  or  carping;  "The  children 
  teased  the  new  teacher";  "Don't  ride  me  so  hard  over  my 
  failure"  [syn:  {tease},  {rag},  {cod},  {tantalize},  {taunt}, 
  {twit},  {rally},  {ride}] 
  2:  lure,  entice,  or  entrap  with  bait 
  3:  attack  with  dogs  or  set  dogs  upon 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  BAIT,  n.  A  preparation  that  renders  the  hook  more  palatable.  The 
  best  kind  is  beauty. 
 
 




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