BITE, verb transitive preterit tense bit; participle passive bit, bitten.
1. To break or crush with the teeth, as in eating; to pierce with the teeth, as a serpent; to seize with the teeth, as a dog.
2. To pinch or pain, as with cold; as a biting north wind; the frost bites.
3. To reproach with sarcasm; to treat with severity by words or writing; as, one poet praises, another bites.
4. To pierce, cut, or wound; as a biting falchion.
5. To make to smart, as acids bite the mouth.
6. To cheat; to trick.
The rogue was bit.
[Not elegant, but common.]
7. To enter the ground and hold fast, as the bill and palm of an anchor.
8. To injure by angry contention.
If ye bite and devour one another. Galatians 5:15.
BITE, noun The seizure of any thing by the teeth of an animal, as the bite of a dog; or with the mouth, as of a fish.
1. The wound made by the teeth.
2. A morsel; as much as is taken at once by biting; a mouthful.
3. A cheat; a trick; a fraud. [A low word.]
4. A sharper; one who cheats.