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ADJECTIVE (2)

1. capable of wounding;
- Example: "a barbed compliment"
- Example: "a biting aphorism"
- Example: "pungent satire"
[syn: barbed, biting, nipping, pungent, mordacious]

2. causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation; used especially of cold;
- Example: "bitter cold"
- Example: "a biting wind"
[syn: biting, bitter]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bite \Bite\ (b[imac]t), v. t. [imp. Bit (b[i^]t); p. p. Bitten (b[i^]t"t'n), Bit; p. pr. & vb. n. Biting.] [OE. biten, AS. b[imac]tan; akin to D. bijten, OS. b[imac]tan, OHG. b[imac]zan, G. beissen, Goth. beitan, Icel. b[imac]ta, Sw. bita, Dan. bide, L. findere to cleave, Skr. bhid to cleave. [root]87. Cf. Fissure.] [1913 Webster] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] Such smiling rogues as these, Like rats, oft bite the holy cords atwain. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To puncture, abrade, or sting with an organ (of some insects) used in taking food. [1913 Webster] 3. 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." --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. To cheat; to trick; to take in. [Colloq.] --Pope. [1913 Webster] 5. To take hold of; to hold fast; to adhere to; as, the anchor bites the ground. [1913 Webster] The last screw of the rack having been turned so often that its purchase crumbled, . . . it turned and turned with nothing to bite. --Dickens. [1913 Webster] To bite the dust, To bite the ground, to fall in the agonies of death; as, he made his enemy bite the dust. To bite in (Etching), to corrode or eat into metallic plates by means of an acid. To bite the thumb at (any one), formerly a mark of contempt, designed to provoke a quarrel; to defy. "Do you bite your thumb at us?" --Shak. To bite the tongue, to keep silence. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Biting \Bit"ing\, a. That bites; sharp; cutting; sarcastic; caustic. "A biting affliction." "A biting jest." --Shak. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

biting adj 1: capable of wounding; "a barbed compliment"; "a biting aphorism"; "pungent satire" [syn: barbed, biting, nipping, pungent, mordacious] 2: causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation; used especially of cold; "bitter cold"; "a biting wind" [syn: biting, bitter]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

165 Moby Thesaurus words for "biting": Attic, Siberian, acerb, acerbate, acerbic, acid, acidic, acidulent, acidulous, acrid, acrimonious, acute, afflictive, agonizing, algid, arctic, asperous, astringent, atrocious, below zero, bitter, bitterly cold, bleak, boreal, brilliant, brisk, brumal, caustic, clear-cut, clever, cold, cold as charity, cold as death, cold as ice, cold as marble, corroding, corrosive, cramping, crisp, cruel, cutting, distressing, double-edged, driving, droll, edged, effective, escharotic, excruciating, facetious, fierce, forceful, forcible, freezing, freezing cold, frigid, funny, gelid, glacial, gnawing, grave, griping, gutsy, hard, harrowing, harsh, hibernal, hiemal, humorous, humorsome, hurtful, hurting, hyperborean, ice-cold, ice-encrusted, icelike, icy, imperative, impressive, incisive, inclement, ingoing, irritating, jesting, jocose, jocular, joking, joky, joshing, keen, keen-witted, mordacious, mordant, nervous, nimble-witted, nipping, nippy, nose-tickling, numbing, painful, paroxysmal, penetrating, piercing, pinching, piquant, poignant, pointed, powerful, punchy, pungent, quick-witted, racking, rapier-like, raw, rigorous, rough, salt, salty, scathing, scintillating, scorching, sensational, severe, sharp, shooting, sinewed, sinewy, slashing, sleety, slushy, smart, snappy, sour, sparkling, spasmatic, spasmic, spasmodic, sprightly, stabbing, stinging, stone-cold, strident, striking, stringent, strong, subzero, supercooled, tart, telling, tormenting, torturous, trenchant, vehement, vigorous, violent, virulent, vital, vitriolic, whimsical, winterbound, winterlike, wintery, wintry, withering, witty