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Definition of bite noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    using teeth
  1. 1[countable] an act of biting The dog gave me a playful bite. He has to wear a brace to correct his bite (= the way the upper and lower teeth fit together).
  2. food
  3. 2[countable] a small piece of food that you can bite from a larger piece She took a couple of bites of the sandwich. He didn't eat a bite of his dinner (= he ate nothing).
  4. 3a bite (to eat) [singular] (informal) a small amount of food; a small meal a bite to eat before the movie. Let's go grab a bite.
  5. of insect/animal
  6. 4[countable] a wound made by an animal or insect Dog bites can get infected. a mosquito/snake bite
  7. strong taste
  8. 5[uncountable] a pleasant strong taste Cheese will add extra bite to any pasta dish.
  9. cold
  10. 6[singular] a sharp, cold feeling There's a bite in the air tonight.
  11. powerful effect
  12. 7[uncountable] a quality that makes something effective or powerful The performance had no bite to it. The sun had lost some of its bite by then.
  13. of fish
  14. 8[countable] the act of a fish biting food on a hook The fishermen waited all afternoon for a bite. see also frostbite, sound bite
  15. Idioms
    somebody's bark is worse than their bite (informal)
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    used to say that someone is not really as angry or as aggressive as they sound
    take a bite out of something (informal)
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    to reduce something by a large amount Insurance costs can take a bite out of your retirement funds.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: bite