• Closely pursued by the Dog, who overwhelmed her with bites, blows and kicks
    Closely pursued by the Dog, who overwhelmed her with bites, blows and kicks
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bite penetrate or cut, as with a knife "The fork bit into the surface"
    • v bite deliver a sting to "A bee stung my arm yesterday"
    • v bite to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws "Gunny invariably tried to bite her"
    • v bite cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort "The sun burned his face"
    • n bite a portion removed from the whole "the government's weekly bite from my paycheck"
    • n bite the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws
    • n bite a strong odor or taste property "the pungency of mustard","the sulfurous bite of garlic","the sharpness of strange spices","the raciness of the wine"
    • n bite wit having a sharp and caustic quality "he commented with typical pungency","the bite of satire"
    • n bite (angling) an instance of a fish taking the bait "after fishing for an hour he still had not had a bite"
    • n bite a light informal meal
    • n bite a small amount of solid food; a mouthful "all they had left was a bit of bread"
    • n bite a wound resulting from biting by an animal or a person
    • n bite a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Biting Mouth Parts of an Insect Biting Mouth Parts of an Insect
The elephant kneels after the dog bites its trunk The elephant kneels after the dog bites its trunk
Please Bite My Finger Please Bite My Finger

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Only female mosquitoes bite humans. Male mosquitoes live on natural liquids from plants and other resources
    • Bite (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.
    • Bite A cheat; a trick; a fraud. "The baser methods of getting money by fraud and bite , by deceiving and overreaching."
    • Bite A morsel; as much as is taken at once by biting.
    • Bite A sharper; one who cheats.
    • Bite The act of puncturing or abrading with an organ for taking food, as is done by some insects.
    • Bite 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 ."
    • Bite 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.
    • Bite The wound made by biting; as, the pain of a dog's or snake's bite; the bite of a mosquito.
    • Bite To cause a smarting sensation; to have a property which causes such a sensation; to be pungent; as, it bites like pepper or mustard.
    • Bite 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."
    • Bite 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."
    • Bite To cheat; to trick; to take in.
    • Bite To puncture, abrade, or sting with an organ (of some insects) used in taking food.
    • Bite To seize something forcibly with the teeth; to wound with the teeth; to have the habit of so doing; as, does the dog bite?
    • Bite 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."
    • Bite To take a bait into the mouth, as a fish does; hence, to take a tempting offer.
    • Bite 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 ."
    • Bite To take or keep a firm hold; as, the anchor bites .
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The venom of the king cobra is so deadly that one bite can kill twenty people or one elephant
    • bite To cut, pierce, or divide with the teeth: as, to bite an apple.
    • bite To remove with the teeth; cut away by biting: with off, out, etc.: as, to bite off a piece of an apple, or bite a piece out of it; to bite off one's nose to spite one's face.
    • bite To grasp or grip with the teeth; press the teeth strongly upon: as, to bite the thumb or lip. (See phrases below.)
    • bite To sting, as an insect: as, to be bitten by a flea.
    • bite To cause a sharp or smarting pain in; cause to smart: as, pepper bites the mouth.
    • bite To nip, as with frost; blast, blight, or injure.
    • bite To take fast hold of; grip or catch into or on, so as to act with effect; get purchase from, as by friction: as, the anchor bites the ground; the file bites the iron; the wheels bite the rails.
    • bite In etching, to corrode or eat into with aquafortis or other mordant, as a metal surface that has been laid bare with an etching-needle: often with in: as, the plate is now bitten in.
    • bite To cheat; trick; deceive; overreach: now only in the past participle: as, the biter was bit.
    • bite Synonyms See eat.
    • bite To have a habit of biting or snapping at persons or things: as, a dog that bites; a biting horse.
    • bite To pierce, sting, or inflict injury by biting, literally or figuratively.
    • bite To take a bait, as a fish: either literally or figuratively.
    • bite To take and keep hold; grip or catch into another object, so as to act on it with effect, obtain purchase or leverage-power from it, and the like: as, the anchor bites; cog-wheels bite when the teeth of one enter into the notches of the other and cause it to revolve.
    • bite To repress one's thoughts, or restrain one's feelings.
    • n bite The act of cutting, piercing, or wounding with the teeth or as with the teeth: as, the bite of a dog; the bite of a crab.
    • n bite The seizing of bait by a fish: as, waiting for a bite.
    • n bite A wound made by the teeth of an animal or by any of the biting, piercing, or stinging organs of the lower animals: as, a dog's bite; a mosquito-bite; a flea-bite.
    • n bite As much as is taken at once by biting; a mouthful: as, a bite of bread.
    • n bite Food; victuals: as, three days without either bite or sup.
    • n bite The catch or hold that one object or one part of a mechanical apparatus has on another; specifically, in a file, the roughness or power of abrasion: as, the bite of an anchor on the ground; the bite of the wheels of a locomotive on the rails.
    • n bite In etching, the corrosion effected by the acid.
    • n bite In printing, an imperfection in a printed sheet caused by part of the impression being received on the frisket or paper mask.
    • n bite A cheat; a trick; a fraud.
    • n bite A sharper; one who cheats.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the United States, every year about 15 people die from dog bites
    • v.t Bite bīt to seize or tear with the teeth: to sting or pain: to wound by reproach: to deceive, or take in—now only passive
    • pa.t Bite bit; pa.p. bit or bit′ten
    • n Bite a grasp by the teeth: a nibble at the bait by a fish: something bitten off: a mouthful
    • n Bite and adj. Bit′ing
    • ***


  • Thomas Szasz
    “The proverb warns; Don't bite the hand that feeds you. But maybe you should, if it prevents you from feeding yourself.”
  • William Knudsen
    William Knudsen
    “In business, the competition will bite you if you keep running, if you stand still, they will swallow you.”
  • Marina Sirtis
    Marina Sirtis
    “I am not a sound bite person. I prefer to run at the mouth.”
  • Ogden Nash
    “I think remorse ought to stop biting the consciences that feed it.”
  • Proverb
    “Many lick before they bite.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “Freedom suppressed and again regained bites with keener fangs than freedom never endangered.”


All bark and no bite - When someone talks tough but really isn't, they are all bark and no bite.
Bark is worse than their bite - Someone who's bark is worse than their bite may well get angry and shout, but doesn't take action.
Bite off more than you can chew - If you bite off more than you can chew, you take on more responsibilities than you can manage. 'Don't bite off more than you can chew' is often used to advise people against agreeing to more than they can handle.
Bite someone's head off - If you bite someone's head off, you criticise them angrily.
Bite the bullet - If you have to bite the bullet, you have to accept or face something unpleasant because it cannot be avoided.
Bite the dust - This is a way of saying that somebody has died, especially if they are killed violently like a soldier in battle.
Bite your lip - If you have to bite your lip, you have to make a conscious effort not to react or to keep quiet about something that displeases you.
Bite your tongue - If you bite your tongue, you refrain from speaking because it is socially or otherwise better not to.
Don't bite the hand that feeds - When someone says this to you, they are trying to tell you not to act against those on whom you depend.
Sleep well- don't let the bedbugs bite - This is a way of wishing someone a good night's sleep.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. biten, AS. bītan,; akin to D. bijten, OS. bītan, OHG. bīzan, G. beissen, Goth. beitan, Icel. bīta, Sw. bita, Dan. bide, L. findere, to cleave, Skr. bhid, to cleave. √87. Cf. Fissure


In literature:

In the summer, when the plague of flies commences, the moose takes to the water to avoid their bites.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Death is certain, and a death similar to that caused by the bite of a venomous serpent.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
And the kitten didn't give him another chance, either to run from her, or to bite her nose again.
"The Tale of Master Meadow Mouse" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Here I be palavering away and not a bite of breakfast ready for you!
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The lions, prancing, bite one another's manes.
"The Temptation of St. Antony" by Gustave Flaubert
He only got one bite.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
I'm afraid you've got toothache, or you wouldn't be so ready to bite.
"The Peril Finders" by George Manville Fenn
Death is certain, and a death similar to that caused by the bite of a venomous serpent.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Suddenly the fish stopped biting, perhaps because the risen sun was shining down into the water.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
Wasps may be found biting wood from an old board fence.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education

In poetry:

Said the TV skeleton
Eat sound bites
Said the Newscast skeleton
That's all Goodnight
"Ballad Of The Skeletons" by Allen Ginsberg
"I bless men and ye curse them,
I love them and ye hate;
Ye bite and tear each other,
I suffer long and wait.
"The Vision Of Echard" by John Greenleaf Whittier
'Deeper than the hail can smite,
Deeper than the frost can bite,
Deep asleep through day and night,
Our delight.
"Songs In A Cornfield" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Like January weather,
The years will bite and smart,
And pull your bones together
To wrap your chattering heart.
"Braggart" by Dorothy Parker
We say the English dog is spawn
De mastiff—dat is right;
For, though like us he never fawn,
Upon my soul he bite.
"Ca N'ira Pas" by Charles Dibdin
The Moon's the North Wind's cooky.
He bites it, day by day,
Until there's but a rim of scraps
That crumble all away.
"The Moon's The North Wind's Cooky" by Vachel Lindsay

In news:

Home: What's Biting Now: Cobia Surprise off Canaveral.
Theme Bites for a Cocktail Party .
Satisfy your appetite for sweet and savory breakfast bites with these favorite recipes for pancakes.
Not much can be done about the miserable cold and flu season this year, CBS News Correspondent Mika Brzezinski reports, but next year, a new wonder drug could take a bite out of the common cold .
If the hospital has not already done so, you should report the dog bite to the health commissioner for the district where the bite occurred.
GameBoy Wrist, Ointment Fumes, and Coyote Bites: A Compendium of Atheletes' Obscure Injuries.
Conversation Bites I Wanna Dip My in It — The Nashville Zoo's Condiment Station Is a Guilty Pleasure.
Hartville confectioner 's chocolate bars put bite on politicians.
Will it come back to bite them.
Issaquah-based Festivals Inc — producers of Bite of Seattle — invite cooks to enter the Bite Cooks.
Several months ago I shared the story of Maui swimmer Mike Spalding, who researchers confirmed was the first human to survive a cookie cutter shark bite.
Despite the loss of a piece of his left calf from a shark bite Monday, Kula resident Mike Spalding still wants to become the third person known to swim the nearly 30-mile Alenuihaha Channel from the Big Island to Maui.
All bite and no bark.
The copperhead bites more people in Texas than any other snake.
No jail time in arrests after snake bite death.

In science:

We will begin by briefly recalling the main results about products of (tail-biting) elementary trellises.
Characteristic Generators and Dualization for Tail-Biting Trellises
As a consequence, one may restrict the study of tail-biting trellises to the important class of KV-trellises.
Characteristic Generators and Dualization for Tail-Biting Trellises
This generalizes the “shortest basis approach” described by Forney in for very general (conventional) realizations to the tail-biting case. allowing generator matrices that do not have full rank.
Characteristic Generators and Dualization for Tail-Biting Trellises
For (b) recall that row(D , l) denotes The following construction of tail-biting trellises has been introduced by Nori/Shankar in [15, Sec.
Characteristic Generators and Dualization for Tail-Biting Trellises
We begin with the local dualization, which in our particular case of tail-biting trellises Theorem 3.1 Let T = (V , E ) be a linear trellis representing the code C ⊆ Fn .
Characteristic Generators and Dualization for Tail-Biting Trellises