• 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
    • adj biting causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation; used especially of cold "bitter cold","a biting wind"
    • adj biting capable of wounding "a barbed compliment","a biting aphorism","pungent satire"
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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
    • a Biting That bites; sharp; cutting; sarcastic; caustic. "A biting affliction.""A biting jest."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Only female mosquitoes bite. Females need the protein from blood to produce their eggs. Males only drink water and plant juice.
    • n biting The action of cutting, piercing, etc., in any sense of bite.
    • n biting The corroding action of a mordant upon a metal plate, wherever the lines of a design, drawn upon a prepared ground, have been laid bare with a needle, as in etching, or the surface is alternately stopped out and exposed, as in aquatint.
    • biting Nipping; keen: as, biting cold; biting weather.
    • biting Severe; sharp; bitter; painful: as, a “biting affliction,”
    • biting Acrid; hot; pungent: as, a biting taste.
    • biting Hence Sharp; severe; cutting; sarcastic: as, a biting remark.
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  • Thomas Szasz
    “The proverb warns; Don't bite the hand that feeds you. But maybe you should, if it prevents you from feeding yourself.”
  • 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.”
  • Samuel Goldwyn
    “That's the trouble with directors. Always biting the hand that lays the golden egg.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “Literature is a toil and a snare, a curse that bites deep.”
  • Peter De Vries
    “There are times when parenthood seems nothing but feeding the mouth that bites you.”


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.


In literature:

I remember once in Nain the slob ice had already made ballicaters and the biting cold of winter so far north had set in with all its vigour.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
He was trying to bite like a mad dog, and injured himself in his efforts to get at us.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Mandible: the lateral upper jaws of a biting insect.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
I say, Rifle, bite it and try.
"The Dingo Boys" by G. Manville Fenn
Not if we let the rope bite on the edge of the hole?
"Crown and Sceptre" by George Manville Fenn
Very often the horse will bite his own limbs or sides, lacerating the flesh and tearing the skin.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
The irony was too biting and inevitable.
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
Drew offered a bite to the Texan.
"Ride Proud, Rebel!" by Andre Alice Norton
Bite a bit, and taste how bitter it is; people often gather the roots and use them as a tonic medicine.
"Country Walks of a Naturalist with His Children" by W. Houghton
Let's all have a bite to eat first.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon

In poetry:

John took a bite and Sue a chew,
And then the trouble began to brew,—
Trouble the doctor couldn't subdue.
Too true!
"The Little Peach" by Eugene Field
He says now, Live together,
And share your bite and sup;
And then he'll say, Come hither—
And lift us both high up.
"Dr. Doddridges Dog" by George MacDonald
Windflowers herald the Maytide,
Rendering worth for worth;
Ragweeds gladden the wayside,
Biting the dugs of the Earth;
"The Poet's Town" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
This gift they boasted with delight,
A gift to them confin'd;
Exemption from the viper's bite,
Of most malignant kind.
"The Serpents" by William Hayley
"Yes, if you'll promise not to bite,"
Fair Dimplecheek replied,
Already half-way up the flight,
His highness by her side.
"The Two Bears" by Carolyn Wells
The moon's a little prairie-dog.
He shivers through the night.
He sits upon his hill and cries
For fear that I will bite.
"What The Rattlesnake Said" by Vachel Lindsay

In news:

News / News Bites Barack Obama's Christmas card.
Scott McNutt's Snark Bites: Political pests persist in 'vote- chugging ' during infestations.
Chunky White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies from the cookbook Bite Me, by Julie Albert & Lisa Gnat.
Bite-size/mini offerings were ranked the No.
Southeast Texas is no Sicily–but a bite of the spicy dish arancini recalls family, friends, and being a kid in Beaumont.
Cicero woman sues over dog bite.
Spinach and Swiss Quiche, Cinnamon Roll Bites, and Fruit Skewers.
First Bite Opry Mills Dining News: Claim Jumper and Dave & Busters.
It's the Right Time for a New Edition of Godard's Biting, Class-Conscious Comedy 'Weekend'.
A program allowing juvenile offenders to log in community service hours is taking a bite out of the graffiti marring the local community.
A dog-bites-man story if there ever was one in Politico, but this report on stepped-up "diversity" efforts in the president's hiring is no less disturbing for that.
News / News Bites Clothesless in Chicago.
Between 20 and 40 percent of bites reported in the country are "dry bites" where no venom is injected, Burke said.
Copperhead snake bites Ooltewah girl.
This 18-volt model is the only one here that isn't an impact driver, so it can't bite into concrete.

In science:

Sider also argues that he can similarly bite another “more general” bullet, that arises from his overall strategy of defining both laws of dynamics and persistence by looking ‘global ly, across the entire world’.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
More importantly for us: the RDA would have much less bite, at least for a “naturalistic” perdurantist, who is willing to let her account of perdurance depend on the actual laws.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
We derive from this code a [15, 5, 3] tail-biting singleerror-correcting block code which has the same rate, and an equally simple decoding algorithm.
Simple Rate-1/3 Convolutional and Tail-Biting Quantum Error-Correcting Codes
Terminated and tail-biting block codes A standard method for reducing a convolutional code to a block code without loss of minimum distance is to terminate it; i.e., to take as the block code the set of all convolutional code sequences that are nonzero only during a given interval of N blocks.
Simple Rate-1/3 Convolutional and Tail-Biting Quantum Error-Correcting Codes
Another, better idea for creating a linear block code from C ⊥ is to use tail-biting, which preserves rate but possibly not minimum distance.
Simple Rate-1/3 Convolutional and Tail-Biting Quantum Error-Correcting Codes