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]
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]
7 a strong odor or taste property; "the pungency of mustard"; "the sulfurous bite of garlic"; "the sharpness of strange spices" [syn: pungency, sharpness]
8 the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws [syn: chomp]
9 a portion removed from the whole; "the government's weekly bite from my paycheck"
1 to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws; "Gunny invariably tried to bite her" [syn: seize with teeth]
3 penetrate or cut, as with a knife; "The fork bit into the surface"
- , /baɪt/, /baIt/
- Rhymes with: -aɪt
- To cut off a piece by clamping the teeth.
- As soon as you bite that sandwich, you'll know how good it is.
- To hold something by clamping one’s teeth.
- To attack with the
- That dog is about to bite!
- To take
hold; to establish
firm contact with.
- I needed snow chains to make the tires bite.
- In the context of "intransitive|of a fish": To bite a baited hook or other lure and thus be caught.
- Are the fish biting today?
- To fall for a deception.
- I've planted the story. Do you think they'll bite?
- In the context of "intransitive|of an insect": To sting.
- These mosquitoes are really biting today!
- In the context of "intransitive|slang": To lack quality; to be worthy of
- This music really bites.
- In the context of "intransitive|slang": To plagiarize.
- He's biting my style.
to cut off a piece by clamping the teeth
- Albanian: kafshon
- Catalan: mossegar
- Chinese: 咬 (Phonetic symbols: ㄧㄠˇ; Pinyin: yǎo)
- Croatian: gristi, ugristi
- Czech: kousat
- Danish: bide
- Dutch: bijten
- Esperanto: mordi
- Finnish: purra, haukata
- French: mordre
- German: beißen
- Hebrew: לנגוס (lingos)
- Hungarian: harap
- Indonesian: gigit
- Italian: mordere
- Japanese: 噛む (かむ, kamu)
- Korean: 물어떼다(murEoTteda), 깨물다 (kkaemulda)
- Malayalam: കടി (kati)
- Maltese: igdem
- Norwegian: bite
- Polish: gryźć
- Portuguese: morder
- Slovak: hrýzať
- Slovene: ugrizniti
- Spanish: morder
- Swedish: bita
- Tagalog: kagat
- Turkish: ısırmak
- Vietnamese: cắn
to hold something by clamping one’s teeth
to attack with the teeth
to take hold
- Korean: 물다 (mulda)
to bite a baited hook or other lure
to fall for a deception
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- The act of biting.
- The wound left behind
after having been bitten.
- That snake bite really hurts!
- The swelling of
one's skin caused by an
insect's mouthparts or sting.
- After just one night in the jungle I was covered with mosquito bites.
- A piece of food of a size that would be produced by biting; a
- There were only a few bites left on the plate.
- Something unpleasant.
- That's really a bite!
- An act of plagiarism.
- That song is a bite of my song!
- bite in the ass
- bite me
- bite one’s knuckle
- bite one’s tongue
- bite stick
- bite the dust
- bite the bullet
- in one bite
- snakebite, snake-bite
the act of biting
the wound left behind after having been bitten
the swelling of one's skin caused by an insect's mouthparts or sting
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EtymologyVariant of bitte.
- To bite.
EtymologyFrom the verb *bitan.
A bite is a wound received from the mouth (and in particular, the teeth) of an animal or person. Animals may bite in self-defense, in an attempt to predate food, as well as part of normal interactions. Other bite attacks may be apparently unprovoked, especially in the case of bites committed by psychologically or emotionally disturbed humans. Some disorders such as Lesch-Nyhan syndrome may cause people to bite themselves.
- Generalized tissue damage due to tearing and scratching.
- Serious hemorrhage if major blood vessels are pierced.
- Infection by bacteria or other pathogens, including rabies.
- Introduction of venom into the wound by venomous animals such as some snakes.
- Introduction of other irritants into the wound, causing inflammation and itching.
TreatmentBite wounds are washed, ideally with povidone-iodine soap and water. The injury is then loosely bandaged, but is not sutured due to risk of infection.
Animal bites inflicted by some animals, including carnivorans and bats, are considered possible cases of rabies. The animal is caught alive or dead with its head preserved, so the head can later be analyzed to detect the disease. Signs of rabies include foaming at the mouth, self-mutilation, growling, jerky behavior, and red eyes. If the animal lives for ten days and does not develop rabies, then it is probable that no infection has occurred.
If the animal cannot be captured, prophylactic rabies treatment is recommended in most places. Certain places, such as Hawaii, Australia and the United Kingdom, are known not to have native rabies. Treatment is generally available in North America and the Northern European states.
BehaviorBiting is an age appropriate behavior and reaction for children 2.5 years and younger. Conversely children above this age have verbal skills to explain their needs and dislikes and biting is not age appropriate. Biting may be prevented by methods including redirection, changing the environment and responding to biting by talking about appropriate ways to express anger and frustration. School age children, those older than 2.5 years, who habitually bite may require professional help.
Biting is also a behavior found in many adult animals (including humans), often as part of sexual petting. Some discussion of human biting appears in The Kinsey Report on Sexual Behavior in the Human Female.
bite in Czech: Pokousání
bite in German: Biss
bite in French: Morsure
bite in Indonesian: Luka gigitan
bite in Dutch: Bijtwond
bite in Japanese: 動物咬傷
bite in Simple English: Bite
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