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Bit vs. Bite

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Bitnoun

A piece of metal placed in a horse's mouth and connected to the reins to direct the animal.

‘A horse hates having a bit put in its mouth.’;

Biteverb

(transitive) To cut off a piece by clamping the teeth.

‘As soon as you bite that sandwich, you'll know how good it is.’;

Bitnoun

A rotary cutting tool fitted to a drill, used to bore holes.

Biteverb

(transitive) To hold something by clamping one's teeth.

Bitnoun

A coin of a specified value. (Also formerly used for a nine-pence coin in the British Caribbean, and a fourpenny piece, or groat, in the British West Indies.)

‘a threepenny bit’;

Biteverb

(intransitive) To attack with the teeth.

‘That dog is about to bite!’;

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Bitnoun

A ten-cent piece, dime.

Biteverb

(intransitive) To behave aggressively; to reject advances.

‘If you see me, come and say hello. I don't bite.’;

Bitnoun

(US) An eighth of a dollar. Note that there is no coin minted worth 12.5 cents. (When this term first came into use, the Spanish 8 reales coin was widely used as a dollar equivalent, and thus the 1 real coin was equivalent to 12.5 cents.)

‘A quarter is two bits.’;

Biteverb

(intransitive) To take hold; to establish firm contact with.

‘I needed snow chains to make the tires bite.’;

Bitnoun

In the southern and southwestern states, a small silver coin (such as the real) formerly current; commonly, one worth about 12½ cents; also, the sum of 12½ cents.

Biteverb

(intransitive) To have significant effect, often negative.

‘For homeowners with adjustable rate mortgages, rising interest will really bite.’;

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Bitnoun

A small amount of something.

‘There were bits of paper all over the floor.’; ‘Does your leg still hurt? / Just a bit now.’; ‘I've done my bit; I expect you to do yours.’;

Biteverb

To bite a baited hook or other lure and thus be caught.

‘Are the fish biting today?’;

Bitnoun

(informal) Specifically, a small amount of time.

‘I'll be there in a bit; I need to take care of something first.’; ‘He was here just a bit ago, but it looks like he's stepped out.’;

Biteverb

To accept something offered, often secretly or deceptively, to cause some action by the acceptor.

‘I've planted the story. Do you think they'll bite?’;

Bitnoun

A portion of something.

‘I'd like a big bit of cake, please.’;

Biteverb

To sting.

‘These mosquitoes are really biting today!’;

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Bitnoun

Somewhat; something, but not very great; also used like jot and whit to express the smallest degree.

‘Am I bored? Not a bit of it!’;

Biteverb

(intransitive) To cause a smarting sensation; to have a property which causes such a sensation; to be pungent.

‘It bites like pepper or mustard.’;

Bitnoun

(slang) A prison sentence, especially a short one.

Biteverb

To cause sharp pain or damage to; to hurt or injure.

‘Pepper bites the mouth.’;

Bitnoun

An excerpt of material making up part of a show, comedy routine, etc.

‘His bit about video games was not nearly as entertaining as the other segments of his show.’;

Biteverb

(intransitive) To cause sharp pain; to produce anguish; to hurt or injure; to have the property of so doing.

Bitnoun

The part of a key which enters the lock and acts upon the bolt and tumblers.

Biteverb

(intransitive) To take or keep a firm hold.

‘The anchor bites.’;

Bitnoun

The cutting iron of a plane.

Biteverb

(transitive) To take hold of; to hold fast; to adhere to.

‘The anchor bites the ground.’;

Bitnoun

A binary digit, generally represented as a 1 or 0.

Biteverb

To lack quality; to be worthy of derision; to suck.

‘This music really bites.’;

Bitnoun

(computing) The smallest unit of storage in a digital computer, consisting of a binary digit.

Biteverb

To perform oral sex on. Used in invective.

‘You don't like that I sat on your car? Bite me.’;

Bitnoun

Any datum that may take on one of exactly two values.

‘status bits on IRC; permission bits in a file system’;

Biteverb

To plagiarize, to imitate.

‘He always be biting my moves.’;

Bitnoun

(information theory) A unit of measure for information entropy.

Biteverb

(obsolete) To deceive or defraud; to take in.

Bitnoun

A microbitcoin, or a millionth of a bitcoin (0.000001 BTC).

Bitenoun

The act of biting.

Bitadverb

To a small extent; in a small amount (usually with "a").

‘That's a bit too sweet.’;

Bitenoun

The wound left behind after having been bitten.

‘That snake bite really hurts!’;

Bitverb

(transitive) To put a bridle upon; to put the bit in the mouth of (a horse).

Bitenoun

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.’;

Bitverb

, bitten

‘I have been bit by your dog!’;

Bitenoun

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.’;

Bitadjective

(colloquial) bitten.

‘Even though he's bit, of course the zombies would still chase him.’;

Bitenoun

(slang) Something unpleasant.

‘That's really a bite!’;

Bitadjective

(only in combination) Having been bitten.

Bitenoun

(slang) An act of plagiarism.

‘That song is a bite of my song!’;

Bitnoun

The part of a bridle, usually of iron, which is inserted in the mouth of a horse, and having appendages to which the reins are fastened.

‘The foamy bridle with the bit of gold.’;

Bitenoun

A small meal or snack.

‘I'll have a quick bite to quiet my stomach until dinner.’;

Bitnoun

Fig.: Anything which curbs or restrains.

Bitenoun

(figuratively) aggression

Bitnoun

In the British West Indies, a fourpenny piece, or groat.

Bitenoun

The hold which the short end of a lever has upon the thing to be lifted, or the hold which one part of a machine has upon another.

Bitnoun

A part of anything, such as may be bitten off or taken into the mouth; a morsel; a bite. Hence: A small piece of anything; a little; a mite.

Bitenoun

A cheat; a trick; a fraud.

Bitnoun

Somewhat; something, but not very great.

‘My young companion was a bit of a poet.’;

Bitenoun

A sharper; one who cheats.

Bitnoun

A tool for boring, of various forms and sizes, usually turned by means of a brace or bitstock. See Bitstock.

Bitenoun

(printing) A blank on the edge or corner of a page, owing to a portion of the frisket, or something else, intervening between the type and paper.

Bitnoun

The part of a key which enters the lock and acts upon the bolt and tumblers.

Biteverb

To seize with the teeth, so that they enter or nip the thing seized; to lacerate, crush, or wound with the teeth; as, to bite an apple; to bite a crust; the dog bit a man.

‘Such smiling rogues as these,Like rats, oft bite the holy cords atwain.’;

Bitnoun

The cutting iron of a plane.

Biteverb

To puncture, abrade, or sting with an organ (of some insects) used in taking food.

Bitnoun

In the Southern and Southwestern States, a small silver coin (as the real) formerly current; commonly, one worth about 12 1/2 cents; also, the sum of 12 1/2 cents.

Biteverb

To cause sharp pain, or smarting, to; to hurt or injure, in a literal or a figurative sense; as, pepper bites the mouth.

Bitverb

To put a bridle upon; to put the bit in the mouth of.

Biteverb

To cheat; to trick; to take in.

Bit

imp. & p. p. of Bite.

Biteverb

To take hold of; to hold fast; to adhere to; as, the anchor bites the ground.

‘The last screw of the rack having been turned so often that its purchase crumbled, . . . it turned and turned with nothing to bite.’;

Bit

the smallest unit of information, equivalent to a choice between two alternatives, as yes or no; on or off.

Biteverb

To seize something forcibly with the teeth; to wound with the teeth; to have the habit of so doing; as, does the dog bite?

Bit

the physical representation of a bit of information in a computer memory or a data storage medium. Within a computer circuit a bit may be represented by the state of a current or an electrical charge; in a magnetic storage medium it may be represented by the direction of magnetization; on a punched card or on paper tape it may be represented by the presence or absence of a hole at a particular point on the card or tape.

Biteverb

To cause a smarting sensation; to have a property which causes such a sensation; to be pungent; as, it bites like pepper or mustard.

Bit

3d sing. pr. of Bid, for biddeth.

Biteverb

To cause sharp pain; to produce anguish; to hurt or injure; to have the property of so doing.

‘At the last it [wine] biteth like serpent, and stingeth like an adder.’;

Bitnoun

a small quantity;

‘a spot of tea’; ‘a bit of paper’;

Biteverb

To take a bait into the mouth, as a fish does; hence, to take a tempting offer.

Bitnoun

a small fragment of something broken off from the whole;

‘a bit of rock caught him in the eye’;

Biteverb

To take or keep a firm hold; as, the anchor bites.

Bitnoun

an indefinitely short time;

‘wait just a moment’; ‘it only takes a minute’; ‘in just a bit’;

Bitenoun

The act of seizing with the teeth or mouth; the act of wounding or separating with the teeth or mouth; a seizure with the teeth or mouth, as of a bait; as, to give anything a hard bite.

‘I have known a very good fisher angle diligently four or six hours for a river carp, and not have a bite.’;

Bitnoun

an instance of some kind;

‘it was a nice piece of work’; ‘he had a bit of good luck’;

Bitenoun

The act of puncturing or abrading with an organ for taking food, as is done by some insects.

Bitnoun

piece of metal held in horse's mouth by reins and used to control the horse while riding;

‘the horse was not accustomed to a bit’;

Bitenoun

The wound made by biting; as, the pain of a dog's or snake's bite; the bite of a mosquito.

Bitnoun

a unit of measurement of information (from Binary + digIT); the amount of information in a system having two equiprobable states;

‘there are 8 bits in a byte’;

Bitenoun

A morsel; as much as is taken at once by biting.

Bitnoun

a small amount of solid food; a mouthful;

‘all they had left was a bit of bread’;

Bitenoun

The hold which the short end of a lever has upon the thing to be lifted, or the hold which one part of a machine has upon another.

Bitnoun

a small fragment;

‘overheard snatches of their conversation’;

Bitenoun

A cheat; a trick; a fraud.

‘The baser methods of getting money by fraud and bite, by deceiving and overreaching.’;

Bitnoun

a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program;

‘he did his act three times every evening’; ‘she had a catchy little routine’; ‘it was one of the best numbers he ever did’;

Bitenoun

A sharper; one who cheats.

Bitnoun

the cutting part of a drill; usually pointed and threaded and is replaceable in a brace or bitstock or drill press;

‘he looked around for the right size bit’;

Bitenoun

A blank on the edge or corner of a page, owing to a portion of the frisket, or something else, intervening between the type and paper.

Bitnoun

a small piece, part, or quantity of something

‘he read bits of his work to me’; ‘give the duck a bit of bread’;

Bitenoun

a wound resulting from biting by an animal or a person

Bitnoun

a short time or distance

‘I fell asleep for a bit’; ‘can you move over a bit?’;

Bitenoun

a small amount of solid food; a mouthful;

‘all they had left was a bit of bread’;

Bitnoun

a fairly large amount

‘working in a foreign country took quite a bit of getting used to’;

Bitenoun

a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin

Bitnoun

a set of actions or ideas associated with a specific group or activity

‘Miranda could go off and do her theatrical bit’;

Bitenoun

a light informal meal

Bitnoun

a girl or young woman

‘he went and married some young bit half his age’;

Bitenoun

(angling) an instance of a fish taking the bait;

‘after fishing for an hour he still had not had a bite’;

Bitnoun

a person's genitals

‘You could see everything! All her bits!’;

Bitenoun

wit having a sharp and caustic quality;

‘he commented with typical pungency’; ‘the bite of satire’;

Bitnoun

a unit of 12 1/2 cents (used only in even multiples).

Bitenoun

a strong odor or taste property;

‘the pungency of mustard’; ‘the sulfurous bite of garlic’; ‘the sharpness of strange spices’;

Bitnoun

a mouthpiece, typically made of metal, which is attached to a bridle and used to control a horse.

Bitenoun

the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws

Bitnoun

a tool or piece for boring or drilling

‘a drill bit’;

Bitenoun

a portion removed from the whole;

‘the government's weekly bite from my paycheck’;

Bitnoun

the cutting or gripping part of a plane, pincers, or other tool.

Biteverb

to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws;

‘Gunny invariably tried to bite her’;

Bitnoun

the part of a key that engages with the lock lever.

Biteverb

cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort;

‘The sun burned his face’;

Bitnoun

the copper head of a soldering iron.

Biteverb

penetrate or cut, as with a knife;

‘The fork bit into the surface’;

Bitnoun

a unit of information expressed as either a 0 or 1 in binary notation.

Biteverb

deliver a sting to;

‘A bee stung my arm yesterday’;

Bitverb

put a bit into the mouth of (a horse).

Biteverb

(of a person or animal) use the teeth to cut into something

‘she was biting a slice of bread’; ‘Rosa bit into a cupcake’; ‘babies learn to bite and chew about halfway through their first year’; ‘the woman's arm was bitten off by an alligator’;

Bitverb

restrain

‘my own hysteria was bitted by upbringing and respect’;

Biteverb

use the teeth in order to inflict injury on

‘he was chased and bitten by a police dog’; ‘it is not unusual for a dog to bite at its owner's hand’; ‘she had bitten, scratched, and kicked her assailant’;

Bit

The bit is the most basic unit of information in computing and digital communications. The name is a contraction of binary digit.

Biteverb

(of a snake, insect, or spider) wound with fangs, pincers, or a sting

‘while on holiday she was bitten by an adder’;

Biteverb

(of an acid) corrode a surface

‘chemicals have bitten deep into the stone’;

Biteverb

(of a fish) take the bait or lure on the end of a fishing line into the mouth

‘I marvel at how easily and eagerly a chub will bite’;

Biteverb

be persuaded to accept a deal or offer

‘a hundred or so retailers should bite’;

Biteverb

annoy or worry

‘what's biting you today?’;

Biteverb

(of a tool, tyre, boot, etc.) grip or take hold on a surface

‘once on the slab, my boots failed to bite’;

Biteverb

(of an object) press into a part of the body, causing pain

‘the handcuffs bit into his wrists’;

Biteverb

cause emotional pain

‘Cheryl's betrayal had bitten deep’;

Biteverb

(of a policy or situation) take effect, with unpleasant consequences

‘the cuts in art education were starting to bite’;

Biteverb

be very bad, unpleasant, or unfortunate

‘it bites that your mom won't let you go’;

Bitenoun

an act of biting something in order to eat it

‘Stephen ate a hot dog in three big bites’;

Bitenoun

a wound inflicted by an animal's or a person's teeth

‘Percy's dog had given her a nasty bite’;

Bitenoun

a wound inflicted by a snake, insect, or spider

‘my legs were covered in mosquito bites’;

Bitenoun

an instance of bait being taken by a fish

‘by four o'clock he still hadn't had a single bite’;

Bitenoun

the bringing together of the teeth so that the jaws are closed.

Bitenoun

an imprint of the position of the teeth when the jaws are closed, made in a plastic material.

Bitenoun

a piece cut off by biting

‘Robyn took a large bite out of her sandwich’;

Bitenoun

a quick snack

‘I plan to stop off in the village and have a bite to eat’;

Bitenoun

a small morsel of prepared food, intended to constitute one mouthful

‘bacon bites with cheese’;

Bitenoun

a short piece of information.

Bitenoun

a sharp or pungent flavour

‘a fresh, lemony bite’;

Bitenoun

incisiveness or cogency of style

‘the tale has added bite if its characters appear to be real’;

Bitenoun

a feeling of cold in the air or wind

‘by early October there's a bite in the air’;

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