(Bit"ten) a. (Bot.) Terminating abruptly, as if bitten off; premorse.
Bitter end, that part of a cable which is abaft the bitts, and so within board, when the ship rides at
(Bit"ter) n. [See Bitts.] (Naut.) AA turn of the cable which is round the bitts.
(Bit"ter) a. [AS. biter; akin to Goth. baitrs, Icel. bitr, Dan., Sw., D., & G. bitter, OS. bittar, fr.
root of E. bite. See Bite, v. t.]
1. Having a peculiar, acrid, biting taste, like that of wormwood or an infusion of hops; as, a bitter medicine;
bitter as aloes.
2. Causing pain or smart; piercing; painful; sharp; severe; as, a bitter cold day.
3. Causing, or fitted to cause, pain or distress to the mind; calamitous; poignant.
It is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God.
Jer. ii. 19.
4. Characterized by sharpness, severity, or cruelty; harsh; stern; virulent; as, bitter reproach.
Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
Col. iii. 19.
5. Mournful; sad; distressing; painful; pitiable.
The Egyptians . . . made their lives bitter with hard bondage. Bitter apple, Bitter cucumber, Bitter gourd. (Bot.) See Colocynth. Bitter cress (Bot.), a
plant of the genus Cardamine, esp. C. amara. Bitter earth (Min.), tale earth; calcined magnesia.
Bitter principles (Chem.), a class of substances, extracted from vegetable products, having strong
bitter taste but with no sharply defined chemical characteristics. Bitter salt, Epsom salts; magnesium
sulphate. Bitter vetch (Bot.), a name given to two European leguminous herbs, Vicia Orobus and
Ervum Ervilia. To the bitter end, to the last extremity, however calamitous.
Ex. i. 14.
Syn. Acrid; sharp; harsh; pungent; stinging; cutting; severe; acrimonious.
(Bit"ter) n. Any substance that is bitter. See Bitters.
(Bit"ter), v. t. To make bitter. Wolcott.
(Bit"ter*bump`) n. (Zoöl.) the butterbump or bittern.
(Bit"ter*ful) a. Full of bitterness. [Obs.]
(Bit"ter*ing), n. A bitter compound used in adulterating beer; bittern.
(Bit"ter*ish), a. Somewhat bitter. Goldsmith.
(Bit"ter*ling) n. [G.] (Zoöl.) A roachlike European fish (Rhodima amarus).
(Bit"ter*ly), adv. In a bitter manner.
(Bit"tern) n. [OE. bitoure, betore, bitter, fr. F. butor; of unknown origin.] (Zoöl.) A wading bird
of the genus Botaurus, allied to the herons, of various species.
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