- bitemporal hemianopsia,
- biting louse,
- biting mania,
- biting midge,
- biting point,
- biting stage
Origin of biting
verb (used with object), bit, bit·ten or bit, bit·ing.
- to take advantage of; cheat; deceive: I got bitten in a mail-order swindle.
- to annoy or upset; anger: What's biting you, sorehead?
verb (used without object), bit, bit·ten or bit, bit·ing.
- the catch or hold that one object or one part of a mechanical apparatus has on another.
- a surface brought into contact to obtain a hold or grip, as in a lathe chuck or similar device.
- the amount of material that a mechanical shovel or the like can carry at one time.
Origin of bite
Examples from the Web for biting
Abramson, biting her tongue, was widely portrayed in rival outlets as classily above the fray.
At least one mobster said he always kept two biting monkeys in the room when he met his associates.Days of Mafia Mayhem Are Wracking Italy Once Again|Barbie Latza Nadeau|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The region of interest is known as the Amundsen Sea Sector, which means climate change is biting Earth in the ASS.Glaciers Lose 204 Billion Tons of Ice in Three Years|Matthew R. Francis|October 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She has personally confronted suicide, business failure and biting criticism, and in the face of it all she perseveres.The Directors of Joan Rivers Documentary 'A Piece of Work' Remember Its Star|Kevin Fallon|September 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His humor, by turns playful and biting, ranges over the stories he tells.Nigeria’s Larger-Than-Life Nobel Laureate Chronicles a Fascinating Life|Chimamanda Adichie|August 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The sky was overcast and the snow-capped peaks rose chilly and bleak through the biting atmosphere.Wonders of the Yellowstone|James Richardson
Lady St. Craye, biting her lips in lonely dissection of herself and of him, dared take no comfort.The Incomplete Amorist|E. Nesbit
"We'll have to get him somewhere out of this biting, cold air," observed Sam.The Rover Boys on a Tour|Arthur M. Winfield
She was biting her lips as she went about looking for a cloth to wipe it up.Fidelity|Susan Glaspell
Three brutes whose trespasses count as human crimes: a chained hound, a ferocious ram, a biting horse.The Triads of Ireland|Kuno Meyer
verb bites, biting, bit or bitten
Word Origin for bite
Old English bitan (class I strong verb; past tense bat, past participle biten), from Proto-Germanic *bitan (cf. Old Saxon bitan, Old Norse and Old Frisian bita, Middle Dutch biten, Dutch bijten, German beissen, Gothic beitan "to bite"), from PIE root *bheid- "to split, crack" (see fissure).
To bite the bullet is said to be 1700s military slang, from old medical custom of having the patient bite a lead bullet during an operation to divert attention from pain and reduce screaming. Figurative use from 1891; the custom itself attested from 1840s. To bite (one's) tongue "refrain from speaking" is 1590s. To bite the dust "die" is 1750 (Latin had the same image; cf. Virgil: procubuit moriens et humum semel ore momordit). To bite off more than one can chew (c.1880) is U.S. slang, from plug tobacco.
c.1200, from bite (v).
In addition to the idioms beginning with bite
- bite off more than one can chew
- bite one's nails
- bite one's tongue
- bite someone's head off
- bite the bullet
- bite the dust
- bite the hand that feeds you
- bark is worse than one's bite
- put the bite on
- sound bite