bite

Primary Meanings of bite

1.
vn
to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws
the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws
2.
n
a portion removed from the whole
3.
nv
a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin
deliver a sting to
4.
n
wit having a sharp and caustic quality
5.
n
a strong odor or taste property
Full Definitions of bite
1

v to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws

“Gunny invariably tried to bite her”
Synonyms:
seize with teeth
Types:
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gnaw
bite or chew on with the teeth
bite off, snap at
bite off with a quick bite
snap
bring the jaws together
nibble
bite gently
nip
give a small sharp bite to
nibble
bite off very small pieces
Type of:
grip
hold fast or firmly

v cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort

Synonyms:
burn, sting
burn
feel hot or painful
Types:
nettle, urticate
sting with or as with nettles and cause a stinging pain or sensation
Type of:
ache, hurt, smart
be the source of pain

v penetrate or cut, as with a knife

“The fork bit into the surface”
Type of:
pierce
make a hole into

n the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws

Synonyms:
chomp
Types:
munch
a large bite
nibble
gentle biting
nip, pinch
a small sharp bite or snip
Type of:
eating, feeding
the act of consuming food

n a wound resulting from biting by an animal or a person

Types:
dog bite
a bite inflicted by a dog
snakebite
a bite inflicted by a (venomous) snake
Type of:
lesion, wound
an injury to living tissue (especially an injury involving a cut or break in the skin)

n (angling) an instance of a fish taking the bait

“after fishing for an hour he still had not had a bite
Type of:
success
an event that accomplishes its intended purpose
2

n a portion removed from the whole

“the government's weekly bite from my paycheck”
Type of:
deduction, subtraction
the act of subtracting (removing a part from the whole)

n a small amount of solid food; a mouthful

Synonyms:
bit, morsel
Types:
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chaw, chew, cud, plug, quid, wad
a wad of something chewable as tobacco
crumb
small piece of e.g. bread or cake
sop, sops
piece of solid food for dipping in a liquid
breadcrumb
crumb of bread; used especially for coating or thickening
cracker crumbs
crumbs of crackers used especially for coating or thickening
Type of:
mouthful, taste
a small amount eaten or drunk

n a light informal meal

Synonyms:
collation, snack
Types:
refreshment
snacks and drinks served as a light meal
nosh
(Yiddish) a snack or light meal
coffee break, tea break
a snack taken during a break in the work day
Type of:
meal, repast
the food served and eaten at one time
3

n a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin

Synonyms:
insect bite, sting
Types:
bee sting
a sting inflicted by a bee
flea bite
sting inflicted by a flea
mosquito bite
a sting inflicted by a mosquito
Type of:
harm, hurt, injury, trauma
any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.

v deliver a sting to

Synonyms:
prick, sting
Type of:
pierce
make a hole into
4

n wit having a sharp and caustic quality

“the bite of satire”
Synonyms:
pungency
Type of:
humor, humour, wit, witticism, wittiness
a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
5

n a strong odor or taste property

“the sulfurous bite of garlic”
Synonyms:
pungency, raciness, sharpness
Type of:
spice, spicery, spiciness
the property of being seasoned with spice and so highly flavored

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