• WordNet 3.6
    • v bait harass with persistent criticism or carping "The children teased the new teacher","Don't ride me so hard over my failure","His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie"
    • v bait attack with dogs or set dogs upon
    • v bait lure, entice, or entrap with bait
    • n bait something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed
    • n bait anything that serves as an enticement
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bait A light or hasty luncheon.
    • Bait A portion of food or drink, as a refreshment taken on a journey; also, a stop for rest and refreshment.
    • Bait Any substance, esp. food, used in catching fish, or other animals, by alluring them to a hook, snare, inclosure, or net.
    • Bait Anything which allures; a lure; enticement; temptation.
    • v. i Bait bāt To flap the wings; to flutter as if to fly; or to hover, as a hawk when she stoops to her prey. "Kites that bait and beat."
    • Bait To furnish or cover with bait, as a trap or hook. "A crooked pin . . . baited with a vile earthworm."
    • Bait To give a portion of food and drink to, upon the road; as, to bait horses.
    • Bait To provoke and harass; esp., to harass or torment for sport; as, to bait a bear with dogs; to bait a bull.
    • v. i Bait bāt To stop to take a portion of food and drink for refreshment of one's self or one's beasts, on a journey. "Evil news rides post, while good news baits .""My lord's coach conveyed me to Bury, and thence baiting at Newmarket."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bait To cause to bite; set on (a dog) to bite or worry (another animal).
    • bait To provoke and harass by setting on dogs; set a dog or dogs to worry or fight with for sport, as an animal that is hampered or confined: as, to bait a bull or a bear.
    • bait To set upon, as a dog upon a captive animal; hence, to harass in any way; annoy; nag; badger; worry.
    • bait To feed; give a portion of food and drink to, especially upon a journey: as, to bait horses.
    • bait To put a bait on or in: as, to bait a hook, line, snare, or trap.
    • bait To allure by a bait; catch; captivate: as, “to bait fish,”
    • bait To act in a worrying or harassing manner.
    • bait To take food; feed.
    • bait To stop at an inn, while on a journey, to feed the horses, or for rest and refreshment.
    • n bait Any substance, as an attractive morsel of food, placed on a hook or in a trap to allure fish or other animals to swallow the hook or to enter the trap, and thereby be caught; specifically, worms, small fishes, etc., used in fishing.
    • n bait An allurement; enticement; temptation.
    • n bait A portion of food and drink; a slight or informal repast. Refreshment taken on a journey, by man or beast.
    • n bait A luncheon; food eaten by a laborer during his shift.
    • n bait A halt for refreshment or rest in the course of a journey.
    • n bait A refreshment or refresher.
    • n bait A hasty meal; a snack.
    • n bait Short for whitebait.
    • n bait etc. An obsolete form of bate, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bait bāt food put on a hook to allure fish or make them bite: any allurement or temptation: a refreshment taken on a journey, or the time taken up by such
    • v.t Bait to set food as a lure: to give refreshment on a journey: to set dogs on a bear, badger, &c.: to worry, persecute, harass
    • v.i Bait to take refreshment on a journey
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  • Edmund Spenser
    Edmund Spenser
    “Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.”
  • Ovid
    “Always have your hook baited, in the pool you least think, there will be a fish.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.”
  • Thomas B. Macaulay
    “The puritan hated bear baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.”


Fish or cut bait - (USA) This idiom is used when you want to tell someone that it is time to take action.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. baiten, beitēn, to feed, harass, fr. Icel. beita, orig., to cause to bite, fr. bīta,. √87. See Bite


In literature:

That'll give me time to get a few baits.
"Dick o' the Fens" by George Manville Fenn
What did you use for bait?
"First in the Field" by George Manville Fenn
I'd bait the hooks and throw out the line, and you could fish.
"Fitz the Filibuster" by George Manville Fenn
You want to know with what I bait?
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
He walked along the pier to the very end, and Josh went on slowly turning the staff, while Will kept baiting his hooks.
"Menhardoc" by George Manville Fenn
You two can fish, and as soon as you catch one we will cut him up for bait.
"Nat the Naturalist" by G. Manville Fenn
You can't ketch fish if yer ain't got no bait.
"Quicksilver" by George Manville Fenn
But you're not going to bait with that?
"Rob Harlow's Adventures" by George Manville Fenn
Macco also borrowed one of their knives, with which to cut some shell-fish from the rocks to serve as bait.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Tom agreed, and Pat having collected a quantity of crabs which he found among the rocks, to serve as bait, they once more embarked.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

"Ah, maiden, not to fishes
The bait of gold is thrown;
The ring shall never leave me,
And thou must be my own."
"A Northern Legend" by William Cullen Bryant
But Ethert Lunn, a baited bear,
Had many battles seen;
He set the youngest wonder sair,
Till the eldest he grew keen.
"Auld Maitland" by Andrew Lang
She letteth fall some luring baits
For fools to gather up;
Too sweet, too sour, to every taste
She tempereth her cup.
"Love's Servile Lot" by Robert Southwell
Four nights and days they posted on,
And only stopp'd to bait
And rest the horses—longer time
The lady would not wait.
"A Ballad" by Janet Hamilton
And somehow then it seemed to me
These men expectorating,
Were infinitely less than he,
The dumb thing they were baiting.
"The Smoking Frog" by Robert W Service
Trust him not; his words, though sweet,
Seldom with his heart do meet.
All his practice is deceit;
Every gift it is a bait;
"Venus' Runaway" by Ben Jonson

In news:

The surf was rough when I gave it a try early this morning at Sea Girt, and there was no sign of fish or bait.
Off-The-Wall Baits for Persnickety Catfish.
Catching catfish is unique among fishing sports because of the never-ending varieties of bait an angler can use.
Chunks of pure soap are one of the "traditional" off-the-wall baits for catfish.
Political pastors offer up Biblical bait to IRS during election season.
A Lancaster based search engine optimization expert contribution on page SEO link building, link bait and social media optimization services.
The Oxygenator Ultimate Bait Transporter.
There was a blissful peace in the late morning air as the Midwest's most devout hip-hop heads trickled into the Bagnell Dam Bait Shop and Campground in Lake Ozark , Mo.
To allow the bait more freedom of movement, use split shot.
Let's explore some of the best new baits for bluegills, crappies and their kin-fish and examine how to use each to fill your cooler.
Giving race-baiting, parasitic hucksters a bad name: Recommended reading on the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Action Rod Lott Before he was Oscar bait, fresh-faced former Okie Ron Howard was a child actor with directorial dreams.
Ginger Lee, a former porn actress who currently works as a "feature dancer" in nightclubs, said today that Weiner tried several times to engage her in sexual communication but that she never took the bait.
Off-The-Wall Baits for Persnickety Catfish.
The menu has changed over the years, but chef/owner Scott Fredel still uses the same bait to lure patrons: fresh, delicious meals at an exceptional value.

In science:

In addition, many biological networks are naturally bipartite, such as the protein interaction network from yeast, where the two types of nodes are bait proteins and prey proteins, and the human disease network of diseases and their pathogenicity genes.
Overlapping Community Detection in Bipartite Networks
One represents the bait proteins and the other represents the prey proteins.
Overlapping Community Detection in Bipartite Networks
An edge links a prey protein to a bait protein if the prey protein binds to the bait one.
Overlapping Community Detection in Bipartite Networks
Here Ci is the concentration of the “bait” protein and the threshold threshold”, i.e.
Protein abundances and interactions coevolve to promote functional complexes while suppressing non-specific binding
Unlike the interactions from the DIP, those interactions are inherently directed since one protein is always labeled as bait and other as prey (in many cases this labeling is unrelated to the actual experimental roles of the proteins).
ppiTrim: Constructing non-redundant and up-to-date interactomes