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English noun: bite

1. bite (state) a wound resulting from biting by an animal or a person

Broader (hypernym)lesion, wound

Narrower (hyponym)dog bite, snakebite

2. bite (food) a small amount of solid food; a mouthful

SamplesAll they had left was a bit of bread.

Synonymsbit, morsel

Broader (hypernym)mouthful, taste

Narrower (hyponym)chaw, chew, crumb, cud, plug, quid, sop, sops, wad

3. bite (state) a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin

Synonymsinsect bite, sting

Broader (hypernym)harm, hurt, injury, trauma

Narrower (hyponym)bee sting, flea bite, mosquito bite

4. bite (food) a light informal meal

Synonymscollation, snack

Broader (hypernym)meal, repast

Narrower (hyponym)coffee break, nosh, refreshment, tea break

5. bite (event) (angling) an instance of a fish taking the bait

SamplesAfter fishing for an hour he still had not had a bite.

Broader (hypernym)success

Domain categoryfishing, sportfishing

6. bite (communication) wit having a sharp and caustic quality

SamplesHe commented with typical pungency.
The bite of satire.


Broader (hypernym)humor, humour, wit, witticism, wittiness

7. bite (attribute) a strong odor or taste property

SamplesThe pungency of mustard.
The sulfurous bite of garlic.
The sharpness of strange spices.
The raciness of the wine.

Synonymspungency, raciness, sharpness

Broader (hypernym)spice, spicery, spiciness

8. bite (act) the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws


Broader (hypernym)eating, feeding

Narrower (hyponym)munch, nibble, nip, pinch

9. bite (act) a portion removed from the whole

SamplesThe government's weekly bite from my paycheck.

Broader (hypernym)deduction, subtraction

Domain usageargot, cant, jargon, lingo, patois, slang, vernacular

English verb: bite

1. bite (contact) to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws

SamplesGunny invariably tried to bite her.

Synonymsseize with teeth

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)grip

Narrower (hyponym)bite off, gnaw, nibble, nibble, nip, snap, snap at

2. bite (perception) cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort

SamplesThe sun burned his face.

Synonymsburn, sting

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)ache, hurt, smart

Narrower (hyponym)nettle, urticate

Verb groupburn

3. bite (contact) penetrate or cut, as with a knife

SamplesThe fork bit into the surface.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)pierce

4. bite (contact) deliver a sting to

SamplesA bee stung my arm yesterday.

Synonymsprick, sting

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)pierce

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