bite VERB (past bit; past part. bitten) 1) use the teeth to cut into something. 2) (of a snake, insect, or spider) wound with a sting, pincers, or fangs. 3) (of a fish) take the bait or lure on the end of a fishing line into the mouth. 4) (of a tool, tyre, boot, etc.) grip or take hold on a surface. 5) (of a policy or situation) take effect, with unpleasant consequences. 6) (bite back) refrain with difficulty from saying. 7) informal annoy or worry: what's biting you today?
NOUN 1) an act or instance of biting. 2) a piece cut off by biting. 3) Dentistry the bringing together of the teeth when the jaws are closed. 4) informal a quick snack. 5) a sharpness or pungency in flavour. 6) a feeling of cold in the air.
bite the bullet — Cf. ↑bite the bullet
bite the dust — Cf. ↑bite the dust
bite the hand that feeds one — Cf. ↑bite the hand that feeds one
bite off more than one can chew — Cf. ↑bite off more than one can chew
bite one's tongue — Cf. ↑bite one's tongue
once bitten, twice shy — Cf. ↑once bitten, twice shy
DERIVATIVES biter noun.
ORIGIN Old English.

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  • bíter — (plural bíter o biters bíter o biters) sustantivo masculino 1. (no contable) Bebida de sabor amargo que suele tomarse como aperitivo: No me gusta el bíter. 2. Copa o vaso de esta bebida: Tráiganos dos bíter, por favo …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • Biter — may refer to:* The sword Orcrist from J. R. R. Tolkien s Middle earth * HMS Biter, the name of several ships of the British Royal Navy, to include ** HMS Biter (D97) ** HMS Biter (P270) …   Wikipedia

  • biter — BÍTER subst. Nume dat unui lichior amar, consumat ca aperitiv. [pr.: bităr] – Din germ. Bitter. cf. fr. b i t t e r. Trimis de paula, 21.06.2002. Sursa: DEX 98  bíter s. n. Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa: Dicţionar ortografic  …   Dicționar Român

  • bíter — Adaptación gráfica de la voz alemana e inglesa bitter (‘amargo’), que designa en español una bebida amarga que suele tomarse como aperitivo: «Bebe mucho té, zumos y algún bíter» (País [Esp.] 2.6.86). Su plural debe ser bíteres (→ plural, 1g) …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • Biter — Bit er, n. 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. [1913 Webster] 2. One who cheats; a sharper. [Colloq.] Spectator. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bíter — (Del al. bitter, amargo). m. Bebida generalmente amarga, que se obtiene macerando diversas sustancias en ginebra y que se toma como aperitivo …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • biter — 1. n. a thief. (See also bite.) □ Some biter made off with my algebra book. □ Who’s the biter who took my jacket? 2. n. omeone who copies someone else. (From the first sense.) □ She’s wearing the same coat as me! What a biter. D …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • bíter — (Del alem. bitter, amargo.) ► sustantivo masculino Bebida, generalmente alcohólica, de sabor amargo que se toma como aperitivo. TAMBIÉN bítter IRREG. plural bíters * * * bíter (¿del holandés «bitter», amargo?) m. Cierta bebida de sabor amargo que …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • bíter — {{#}}{{LM B05466}}{{〓}} {{[}}bíter{{]}} ‹bí·ter› {{◆}}(pl. bíteres){{◇}} {{《}}▍ s.m.{{》}} Bebida alcohólica de color rojo y sabor amargo que se hace macerando en ginebra diversas plantas: • Tómate de aperitivo un bíter sin alcohol.{{○}}… …   Diccionario de uso del español actual con sinónimos y antónimos

  • biter — /buy teuhr/, n. 1. a person or animal that bites, esp. habitually or viciously: That dog is a biter. 2. Chiefly Chesapeake Bay. the larger claw of a crab. 3. Obs. a cheat; swindler; fraud. [1250 1300; ME; see BITE, ER1] * * * …   Universalium

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