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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bite  \Bite\,  v.  t.  [imp.  {Bit};  p.  p.  {Bitten},  {Bit};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Biting}.]  [OE.  biten,  AS  b[=i]tan;  akin  to  D. 
  bijten  OS  b[=i]tan,  OHG.  b[=i]zan,  G.  beissen  Goth. 
  beitan  Icel.  b[=i]ta,  Sw  bita,  Dan.  bide,  L.  findere  to 
  cleave,  Skr.  bhid  to  cleave.  [root]87.  Cf  {Fissure}.] 
  1.  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. 
 
  Such  smiling  rogues  as  these  Like  rats,  oft  bite 
  the  holy  cords  atwain.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  puncture,  abrade,  or  sting  with  an  organ  (of  some 
  insects)  used  in  taking  food. 
 
  3.  To  cause  sharp  pain,  or  smarting,  to  to  hurt  or  injure, 
  in  a  literal  or  a  figurative  sense  as  pepper  bites  the 
  mouth.  ``Frosts  do  bite  the  meads.''  --Shak. 
 
  4.  To  cheat;  to  trick;  to  take  in  [Colloq.]  --Pope. 
 
  5.  To  take  hold  of  to  hold  fast  to  adhere  to  as  the 
  anchor  bites  the  ground. 
 
  The  last  screw  of  the  rack  having  been  turned  so 
  often  that  its  purchase  crumbled,  .  .  .  it  turned 
  and  turned  with  nothing  to  bite.  --Dickens. 
 
  {To  bite  the  dust},  {To  bite  the  ground},  to  fall  in  the 
  agonies  of  death;  as  he  made  his  enemy  bite  the  dust. 
 
  {To  bite  in}  (Etching),  to  corrode  or  eat  into  metallic 
  plates  by  means  of  an  acid. 
 
  {To  bite  the  thumb  at}  (any  one),  formerly  a  mark  of 
  contempt,  designed  to  provoke  a  quarrel;  to  defy.  ``Do  you 
  bite  your  thumb  at  us?''  --Shak. 
 
  {To  bite  the  tongue},  to  keep  silence.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bite  \Bite\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  seize  something  forcibly  with  the  teeth;  to  wound  with 
  the  teeth;  to  have  the  habit  of  so  doing  as  does  the  dog 
  bite? 
 
  2.  To  cause  a  smarting  sensation;  to  have  a  property  which 
  causes  such  a  sensation;  to  be  pungent;  as  it  bites  like 
  pepper  or  mustard. 
 
  3.  To  cause  sharp  pain;  to  produce  anguish;  to  hurt  or 
  injure;  to  have  the  property  of  so  doing 
 
  At  the  last  it  [wine]  biteth  like  serpent,  and 
  stingeth  like  an  adder.  --Prov.  xxiii. 
  32. 
 
  4.  To  take  a  bait  into  the  mouth,  as  a  fish  does  hence  to 
  take  a  tempting  offer. 
 
  5.  To  take  or  keep  a  firm  hold  as  the  anchor  bites. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bite  \Bite\,  n.  [OE.  bite,  bit,  bitt,  AS  bite  bite,  fr 
  b[=i]tan  to  bite,  akin  to  Icel.  bit,  OS  biti,  G.  biss.  See 
  {Bite},  v.,  and  cf  {Bit}.] 
  1.  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. 
 
  I  have  known  a  very  good  fisher  angle  diligently 
  four  or  six  hours  for  a  river  carp,  and  not  have  a 
  bite.  --Walton. 
 
  2.  The  act  of  puncturing  or  abrading  with  an  organ  for  taking 
  food,  as  is  done  by  some  insects. 
 
  3.  The  wound  made  by  biting;  as  the  pain  of  a  dog's  or 
  snake's  bite;  the  bite  of  a  mosquito. 
 
  4.  A  morsel;  as  much  as  is  taken  at  once  by  biting. 
 
  5.  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. 
 
  6.  A  cheat;  a  trick;  a  fraud.  [Colloq.] 
 
  The  baser  methods  of  getting  money  by  fraud  and 
  bite,  by  deceiving  and  overreaching.  --Humorist. 
 
  7.  A  sharper;  one  who  cheats.  [Slang]  --Johnson. 
 
  8.  (Print.)  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  paper. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bite 
  n  1:  a  wound  resulting  from  biting 
  2:  a  small  amount  of  solid  food;  a  mouthful;  "all  they  had  left 
  was  a  bit  of  bread"  [syn:  {morsel},  {bit}] 
  3:  a  painful  wound  caused  by  the  thrust  of  a  stinger  into  skin 
  [syn:  {sting},  {insect  bite}] 
  4:  a  light  informal  meal  [syn:  {collation},  {snack},  {nosh}] 
  5:  a  sharp  bitter  taste  property  [syn:  {pungency},  {sharpness}] 
  6:  the  act  of  gripping  or  chewing  off  with  the  teeth  and  jaws 
  [syn:  {chomp}] 
  v  1:  to  grip,  cut  off  or  tear  with  or  as  if  with  the  teeth  or 
  jaws;  "Gunny  invariably  tried  to  bite  her"  [syn:  {seize 
  with  teeth}] 
  2:  cause  a  sharp  of  stinging  pain  or  discomfort;  "The  sun 
  burned  his  face"  [syn:  {sting},  {burn}] 
  3:  penetrate  or  cut,  as  with  a  knife;  "The  fork  bit  into  the 
  surface" 
  4:  of  insects,  scorpions,  or  other  animals;  "A  bee  stung  my  arm 
  yesterday."  [syn:  {sting},  {prick}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  bite 
 
    It's  spelled  "{byte}"  to  avoid  confusion  with 
  "{bit}". 
 
  (1996-12-13) 
 
 




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