any of numerous small to microscopic arachnids of the subclass Acari, including species that are parasitic on animals and plants or that feed on decaying matter and stored foods.
- Also called acarid.
Other definitions for mite (2 of 2)
a contribution that is small but is all that a person can afford.
a very small sum of money.
a coin of very small value.
a very small object.
a very small creature.
to a small extent; somewhat (often preceded by a): a mite selfish.
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How to use mite in a sentence
If you happen to be under or near these oak trees, those mites may land on you and bite.Oak-mite bites: Cicadas may have left D.C. region an itchy gift | Ellie Silverman | July 30, 2021 | Washington Post
When the mites drop from trees, they usually land on the upper body, leaving bites on your neck, shoulders or chest.Oak-mite bites: Cicadas may have left D.C. region an itchy gift | Ellie Silverman | July 30, 2021 | Washington Post
The neural net learned to iteratively improve at classifying and identifying various objects—for instance, a mite, a mushroom, a motor scooter, a Madagascar cat.Geoffrey Hinton has a hunch about what’s next for AI | Siobhan Roberts | April 16, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
I still keep pictures on my cell phone of my face mites so that I can show them to people.‘Gory Details’ dives into the morbid, the taboo — and our minds | Kate Travis | March 1, 2021 | Science News
There are two species of little eight-legged mites that live on all of our faces — and elsewhere on our bodies, by the way.‘Gory Details’ dives into the morbid, the taboo — and our minds | Kate Travis | March 1, 2021 | Science News
How eagerly she looks forward to pay day, for that little mite means so much at home.The Daring Journalist Nellie Bly Hasn’t Lost Her Cred in a Century | Jessica Ferri | July 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Not the greatest tragedy in the world, perhaps, but a mite sad.
OPEC meets in Vienna on Friday, a meeting that will, according to the Wall Street Journal, be a mite testy.Fracking is Pitting OPEC Members Against Each Other. It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Bunch of Cartel Members. | Megan McArdle | May 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Predicting Palestinian genocide of Jews under a one-state solution is a mite farfetched, I would submit.
This made him look a mite desperate and distinctly unpresidential.Yes, The Debate Moderator Screwed Up. That's Life. | Megan McArdle | October 17, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
One would not have wanted her white neck a mite less full or her beautiful arms more slender.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
To think,” said the younger Englishwoman to her sister, “of this wee mite travelling about in an open motor!The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
Them's ther very words I heered him say, 'n' I wuzn't ennythin' but a mite, but I didn't furgit it.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
The itch-mite (Acarus scabiei) and the louse (Pediculus capitis, corporis, vel pubis) are the more common members of the group.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
I own a mite of land along the railroad, Johnnie, but you buy all the rest from the falls to the station.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
British Dictionary definitions for mite (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for mite (2 of 2)
a very small particle, creature, or object
a very small contribution or sum of money: See also widow's mite
a former Flemish coin of small value
a mite informal somewhat: he's a mite foolish
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Scientific definitions for mite
Any of various very small arachnids of the subclass Acari that often live as parasites on other animals or plants. Like ticks and unlike spiders, mites have no division between the cephalothorax and abdomen.
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