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NOUN (9)

1. a wound resulting from biting by an animal or a person;

2. a small amount of solid food; a mouthful;
- Example: "all they had left was a bit of bread"
[syn: morsel, bit, bite]

3. a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin;
[syn: sting, bite, insect bite]

4. a light informal meal;
[syn: bite, collation, snack]

5. (angling) an instance of a fish taking the bait;
- Example: "after fishing for an hour he still had not had a bite"

6. wit having a sharp and caustic quality;
- Example: "he commented with typical pungency"
- Example: "the bite of satire"
[syn: pungency, bite]

7. a strong odor or taste property;
- Example: "the pungency of mustard"
- Example: "the sulfurous bite of garlic"
- Example: "the sharpness of strange spices"
- Example: "the raciness of the wine"
[syn: pungency, bite, sharpness, raciness]

8. the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws;
[syn: bite, chomp]

9. a portion removed from the whole;
- Example: "the government's weekly bite from my paycheck"


VERB (4)

1. to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws;
- Example: "Gunny invariably tried to bite her"
[syn: bite, seize with teeth]

2. cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort;
- Example: "The sun burned his face"
[syn: bite, sting, burn]

3. penetrate or cut, as with a knife;
- Example: "The fork bit into the surface"

4. deliver a sting to;
- Example: "A bee stung my arm yesterday"
[syn: sting, bite, prick]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bite \Bite\, v. i. 1. To seize something forcibly with the teeth; to wound with the teeth; to have the habit of so doing; as, does the dog bite? [1913 Webster] 2. To cause a smarting sensation; to have a property which causes such a sensation; to be pungent; as, it bites like pepper or mustard. [1913 Webster] 3. To cause sharp pain; to produce anguish; to hurt or injure; to have the property of so doing. [1913 Webster] At the last it [wine] biteth like serpent, and stingeth like an adder. --Prov. xxiii. 32. [1913 Webster] 4. To take a bait into the mouth, as a fish does; hence, to take a tempting offer. [1913 Webster] 5. To take or keep a firm hold; as, the anchor bites. [1913 Webster]
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:

Bite \Bite\, n. [OE. bite, bit, bitt, AS. bite bite, fr. b[imac]tan to bite, akin to Icel. bit, OS. biti, G. biss. See Bite, v., and cf. Bit.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] I have known a very good fisher angle diligently four or six hours for a river carp, and not have a bite. --Walton. [1913 Webster] 2. The act of puncturing or abrading with an organ for taking food, as is done by some insects. [1913 Webster] 3. The wound made by biting; as, the pain of a dog's or snake's bite; the bite of a mosquito. [1913 Webster] 4. A morsel; as much as is taken at once by biting. [1913 Webster] 5. 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. [1913 Webster] 6. A cheat; a trick; a fraud. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] The baser methods of getting money by fraud and bite, by deceiving and overreaching. --Humorist. [1913 Webster] 7. A sharper; one who cheats. [Slang] --Johnson. [1913 Webster] 8. (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. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

bite n 1: a wound resulting from biting by an animal or a person 2: a small amount of solid food; a mouthful; "all they had left was a bit of bread" [syn: morsel, bit, bite] 3: a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin [syn: sting, bite, insect bite] 4: a light informal meal [syn: bite, collation, snack] 5: (angling) an instance of a fish taking the bait; "after fishing for an hour he still had not had a bite" 6: wit having a sharp and caustic quality; "he commented with typical pungency"; "the bite of satire" [syn: pungency, bite] 7: 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" [syn: pungency, bite, sharpness, raciness] 8: the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws [syn: bite, chomp] 9: a portion removed from the whole; "the government's weekly bite from my paycheck" v 1: to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws; "Gunny invariably tried to bite her" [syn: bite, seize with teeth] 2: cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort; "The sun burned his face" [syn: bite, sting, burn] 3: penetrate or cut, as with a knife; "The fork bit into the surface" 4: deliver a sting to; "A bee stung my arm yesterday" [syn: sting, bite, prick]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

327 Moby Thesaurus words for "bite": acerbity, acidity, acridity, acrimony, acuminate, acute pain, adhere to, afflict, agonize, ail, allotment, allowance, and sinker, astringency, auger, bait, be a sucker, be keen, be taken in, bear hug, benumb, big end, bigger half, bit, bite the tongue, bitingness, bitterness, bolus, bore, boring pain, briskness, bristle with, broach, budget, burn, causticity, chafe, champ, charley horse, chaw, chew, chew the cud, chew up, chill, chomp, chunk, clamp, clasp, cleave to, clench, clinch, cling, clinging, clip, clutch, collation, commission, contingent, convulse, corrode, countersink, cramp, cramps, crick, crucify, crunch, cud, cut, cuttingness, darting pain, deal, death grip, destiny, devour, distress, dividend, dole, drill, drive, eat, eat away, eat out, eat up, edge, effectiveness, embrace, empierce, end, equal share, erode, etch, excruciate, fall for, fate, fester, fierceness, firm hold, fix, foothold, footing, force, forcefulness, freeze, freeze to, fret, frost, frostbite, fulgurant pain, gall, ginger, girdle pain, give pain, gnash, gnaw, gnawing, go for, go through, gob, gobble up, gore, gouge, gouge out, grapple, grasp, grate, grind, grip, gripe, griping, gulp down, gum, guts, half, halver, hang on, hang on to, harrow, harshness, have an edge, helping, hitch, hold, hold fast, hold on, hold on to, hold tight, hole, honeycomb, hotness, hug, hurt, impale, impressiveness, incisiveness, inflame, inflict pain, interest, iron grip, irritate, jumping pain, keenness, keep hold of, kick, kill by inches, kink, lacerate, lance, lancinating pain, lap up, lick, light lunch, light meal, light repast, line, liveliness, lot, martyr, martyrize, masticate, measure, meed, mess, modicum, moiety, mordacity, mordancy, morsel, mouth, mouthful, mumble, munch, needle, nervosity, nervousness, never let go, nibble, nip, nippiness, nosh, numb, pain, pang, paroxysm, part, penetrate, pepperiness, percentage, perforate, piece, pierce, pinch, pink, poignancy, point, portion, power, prick, prolong the agony, proportion, punch, puncture, purchase, put to torture, quantum, quid, quota, raciness, rack, rake-off, rankle, rasp, ration, ream, ream out, refreshments, refrigerate, relish, riddle, rigor, roughness, rub, ruminate, run through, scour, scrap, scrunch, segment, seizure, severity, share, sharp pain, sharpness, shoot, shooting, shooting pain, sinew, sinewiness, sip, skewer, slice, small share, snack, snap, snappiness, spasm, spear, spice, spiciness, spike, spit, spot of lunch, stab, stabbing pain, stake, stick, stick to, sting, stitch, stock, strength, stridency, stringency, strong language, sup, swallow, swallow anything, swallow hook, swallow whole, swing at, take the bait, tang, tanginess, tap, tartness, taste, teeth, thrill, throes, tight grip, toehold, tooth, tormen, torment, torture, transfix, transpierce, trenchancy, trepan, trephine, tumble for, tweak, twinge, twist, twitch, vehemence, vigor, vigorousness, violence, virulence, vitality, wear away, wound, wrench, wring, zest, zestfulness, zip
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

byte bite /bi:t/ (B) A component in the machine data hierarchy larger than a bit and usually smaller than a word; now nearly always eight bits and the smallest addressable unit of storage. A byte typically holds one character. A byte may be 9 bits on 36-bit computers. Some older architectures used "byte" for quantities of 6 or 7 bits, and the PDP-10 and IBM 7030 supported "bytes" that were actually bit-fields of 1 to 36 (or 64) bits! These usages are now obsolete, and even 9-bit bytes have become rare in the general trend toward power-of-2 word sizes. The term was coined by Werner Buchholz in 1956 during the early design phase for the IBM Stretch computer. It was a mutation of the word "bite" intended to avoid confusion with "bit". In 1962 he described it as "a group of bits used to encode a character, or the number of bits transmitted in parallel to and from input-output units". The move to an 8-bit byte happened in late 1956, and this size was later adopted and promulgated as a standard by the System/360 operating system (announced April 1964). James S. Jones adds: I am sure I read in a mid-1970's brochure by IBM that outlined the history of computers that BYTE was an acronym that stood for "Bit asYnchronous Transmission E..?" which related to width of the bus between the Stretch CPU and its CRT-memory (prior to Core). Terry Carr says: In the early days IBM taught that a series of bits transferred together (like so many yoked oxen) formed a Binary Yoked Transfer Element (BYTE). [True origin? First 8-bit byte architecture?] See also nibble, octet. [Jargon File] (2003-09-21)