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.

Primary Meanings of mite

any of numerous very small to minute arachnids often infesting animals or plants or stored foods
a slight but appreciable amount
Full Definitions of mite

n 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
very small free-living arachnid that is parasitic on animals or plants; related to ticks
mite that in all stages feeds on other arthropods
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
Type of:
mite or tick

n a slight but appreciable amount

hint, jot, pinch, soupcon, speck, tinge, touch
a pinch of smokeless tobacco inhaled at a single time
Type of:
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude

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