(Bite), n. [OE. bite, bit, bitt, AS. bite bite, fr. bitan 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.
I have known a very good fisher angle diligently four or six hours for a river carp, and not have a bite.
2. The act of puncturing or abrading with an organ for taking food, as is done by some insects.
3. The wound made by biting; as, the pain of a dog's or snake's bite; the bite of a mosquito.
4. A morsel; as much as is taken at once by biting.
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.
6. A cheat; a trick; a fraud. [Colloq.]
The baser methods of getting money by fraud and bite, by deceiving and overreaching.
7. A sharper; one who cheats. [Slang] Johnson.
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.
1. One who, or that which, bites; that which bites often, or is inclined to bite, as a dog or fish. "Great
barkers are no biters." Camden.
2. One who cheats; a sharper. [Colloq.] Spectator.
(Bi*ter"nate) a. [Pref. bi- + ternate.] (Bot.) Doubly ternate, as when a petiole has three
ternate leaflets. Bi*ter"nate*ly, adv. Gray.
(Bi"the*ism) n. [Pref. bi- + theism.] Belief in the existence of two gods; dualism.
(Bit"ing) a. That bites; sharp; cutting; sarcastic; caustic. "A biting affliction." "A biting jest." Shak.
(Bit"ing in") (Etching.) The process of corroding or eating into metallic plates, by means of an
acid. See Etch. G. Francis.
(Bit"ing*ly), adv. In a biting manner.
(Bit"less) a. Not having a bit or bridle.
(Bit"stock`) n. A stock or handle for holding and rotating a bit; a brace.
(Bitt) n. (Naut.) See Bitts.
(Bitt) v. t. [See Bitts.] (Naut.) To put round the bitts; as, to bitt the cable, in order to fasten it or to
slacken it gradually, which is called veering away. Totten.
(Bit"ta*cle) n. A binnacle. [Obs.]
(Bit"ten) p. p. of Bite.