v. bit, bit•ten bit, bit•ing,
1) to cut, wound, or tear with the teeth
2) to sever with the teeth (often fol. by off)
3) to grip with the teeth
4) to sting, as an insect
5) to cause to sting:
faces bitten by the icy wind[/ex]
6) inf Informal.
a) to cheat; deceive:
bitten in a mail-order swindle[/ex]
b) to annoy or upset:
What's biting you?[/ex]
7) to eat into; corrode
8) to cut or pierce with or as if with a weapon
9) to take firm hold of:
a clamp to bite the wood[/ex]
10) to make an impression on; affect
11) to press the teeth into something; attack with the jaws, bill, sting, etc
12) spo (of fish) to take the bait
13) to accept a deceptive offer or suggestion
14) to take a firm hold
15) the act of biting
16) a wound made by biting
17) a cutting, stinging, or nipping effect
18) a piece bitten off
19) a small meal
20) a morsel of food
21) an exacted portion:
the tax bite[/ex]
22) den the occlusion of the teeth
23) a short excerpt, fragment, or bit:
a visual bite from a film; word bites from poems[/ex]
24) mac
a) the catch or hold that one object or one part of a mechanical apparatus has on another
b) mac a surface brought into contact to obtain a hold or grip, as in a lathe chuck
25) sharpness; incisiveness
26) the roughness of the surface of a file
Etymology: bef. 1000; ME, OE bītan; c. OHG bīzan, Go beitan; akin to L findere to split bit′a•ble, bite′a•ble, adj.

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