mite

Mite is one of many words for a very small amount, like a bit and a jot. A mite is teeny-weeny and itty-bitty. It's not much at all.

Put away your ruler, because you can't measure a mite any more than you can measure a smidge, a tad, a speck, a tough, or a pinch — all English words for a tiny amount. Such words are useful when making polite requests. If someone's just barely blocking your car, you might ask them to move theirs just a mite. If you say you'll be back in just a mite, you won't keep the person waiting long.

Definitions of mite
  1. noun
    any of numerous very small to minute arachnids often infesting animals or plants or stored foods
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    web-spinning mite
    a mite that spins a web
    acarid
    very small free-living arachnid that is parasitic on animals or plants; related to ticks
    trombidiid
    mite that in all stages feeds on other arthropods
    trombiculid
    mite that as nymph and adult feeds on early stages of small arthropods but whose larvae are parasitic on terrestrial vertebrates
    acarus, genus Acarus
    any of several mites of the order Acarina
    itch mite, sarcoptid
    whitish mites that attack the skin of humans and other animals
    rust mite
    any of several varieties of mite that burrow into plants and cause a reddish-brown discoloration on the leaves or fruit
    spider mite, tetranychid
    web-spinning mite that attacks garden plants and fruit trees
    chigger, harvest mite, jigger, redbug
    larval mite that sucks the blood of vertebrates including human beings causing intense irritation
    Panonychus ulmi, red spider, red spider mite
    small web-spinning mite; a serious orchard pest
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    acarine
    mite or tick
  2. noun
    a slight but appreciable amount
    synonyms: hint, jot, pinch, soupcon, speck, tinge, touch
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    snuff
    a pinch of smokeless tobacco inhaled at a single time
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    small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
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