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Living, just by itself—what a dirge that is! Life is a classroom and Boredom's the usher, there all the time to spy on you; whatever happens, you've got to look as if you were awfully busy all the time doing something that's terribly exciting—or he'll come along and nibble your brain.
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See also bitę, and bitė

English

Pronunciation

Etymology

Old English bītan.

Verb

Infinitive
to bite

Third person singular
bites

Simple past
bit

Past participle
bitten

Present participle
biting

to bite (third-person singular simple present bites, present participle biting, simple past bit, past participle bitten)
  1. (transitive) To cut off a piece by clamping the teeth.
    As soon as you bite that sandwich, you'll know how good it is.
  2. (transitive) To hold something by clamping one’s teeth.
  3. (intransitive) To attack with the teeth.
    That dog is about to bite!
  4. (intransitive) To take hold; to establish firm contact with.
    I needed snow chains to make the tires bite.
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To bite a baited hook or other lure and thus be caught.
    Are the fish biting today?
  6. (intransitive) To fall for a deception.
    I've planted the story. Do you think they'll bite?
  7. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To sting.
    These mosquitoes are really biting today!
  8. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To lack quality; to be worthy of derision.
    This music really bites.
  9. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To plagiarize.
    He's biting my style.

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Noun

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Singular
bite

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  1. The act of biting.
  2. The wound left behind after having been bitten.
    That snake bite really hurts!
  3. The swelling of one's skin caused by an insect's mouthparts or sting.
    After just one night in the jungle I was covered with mosquito bites.
  4. A piece of food of a size that would be produced by biting; a mouthful.
    There were only a few bites left on the plate.
  5. (slang) Something unpleasant.
    That's really a bite!
  6. (slang) An act of plagiarism.
    That song is a bite of my song!

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French

Etymology

Variant of bitte.

Pronunciation

Noun

bite f. (plural bites)

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) knob, cock, dick

Latvian

Noun

bite

  1. bee

Declension

Fifth declension noun
singular plural
nominative bite bites
genitive bites bišu
dative bitei bitēm
accusative biti bites
locative bitē bitēs



Norwegian

Verb

bite

  1. To bite.

Old English

Etymology

From the verb *bitan.

Noun

bite m.

  1. bite

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