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Bite vs. Kite

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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.’;

Kitenoun

A bird of prey of the family Accipitridae.

‘A pair of kites built a nest on the cliff.’;

Biteverb

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

Kitenoun

Any bird of the subfamily Milvinae, with long wings and weak legs, feeding mostly on carrion and spending long periods soaring; specifically, the red kite (Milvus milvus) and the black kite (Milvus migrans).

Biteverb

(intransitive) To attack with the teeth.

‘That dog is about to bite!’;

Kitenoun

A bird of the genus Elanus, having thin pointed wings, that preys on rodents and hunts by hovering; also, any bird of related genera in the subfamily Elaninae.

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Biteverb

(intransitive) To behave aggressively; to reject advances.

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

Kitenoun

Some species in the subfamily Perninae.

Biteverb

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

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

Kitenoun

(figuratively) A rapacious person.

Biteverb

(intransitive) To have significant effect, often negative.

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

Kitenoun

A lightweight toy or other device, traditionally flat and shaped like a triangle with a segment of a circle attached to its base or like a quadrilateral (see sense 9), carried on the wind and tethered and controlled from the ground by one or more lines.

‘On windy spring days, we would fly kites.’;

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Biteverb

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

‘Are the fish biting today?’;

Kitenoun

A tethered object which deflects its position in a medium by obtaining lift and drag in reaction with its relative motion in the medium.

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?’;

Kitenoun

(astrology) A planetary configuration wherein one planet of a grand trine is in opposition to an additional fourth planet.

Biteverb

To sting.

‘These mosquitoes are really biting today!’;

Kitenoun

A blank cheque; a fraudulent cheque, such as one issued even though there are insufficient funds to honour it, or one that has been altered without authorization.

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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.’;

Kitenoun

An accommodation bill.

Biteverb

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

‘Pepper bites the mouth.’;

Kitenoun

A rider who is good at climbs but less good at descents.

Biteverb

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

Kitenoun

(geometry) A polygon resembling the shape of a traditional toy kite (sense 3): a quadrilateral having two pairs of edges of equal length, the edges of each pair touching each other at one end.

‘Four-sided figures without parallel sides include trapezoids and kites.’;

Biteverb

(intransitive) To take or keep a firm hold.

‘The anchor bites.’;

Kitenoun

An aeroplane or aircraft.

Biteverb

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

‘The anchor bites the ground.’;

Kitenoun

In a square-rigged ship: originally a sail positioned above a topsail; later a lightweight sail set above the topgallants, such as a studding sail or a jib topsail.

Biteverb

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

‘This music really bites.’;

Kitenoun

A supplementary sail to a mainsail.

Biteverb

To perform oral sex on. Used in invective.

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

Kitenoun

The brill (Scophthalmus rhombus), a type of flatfish.

Biteverb

To plagiarize, to imitate.

‘He always be biting my moves.’;

Kitenoun

A (usually concealed) letter or oral message, especially one passed illegally into, within, or out of a prison.

Biteverb

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

Kitenoun

The stomach; the belly.

Bitenoun

The act of biting.

Kitenoun

(Egyptology) A measure of weight equivalent to 0.1 deben (about 0.32 ounces or 9.1 grams).

Bitenoun

The wound left behind after having been bitten.

‘That snake bite really hurts!’;

Kiteverb

(transitive) To cause (something) to move upwards rapidly like a toy kite; also to cause (something, such as costs) to increase rapidly.

‘Rising interest rates have kited the cost of housing.’;

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.’;

Kiteverb

To tamper with a medical prescription, increasing the number of pills or other items.

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.’;

Kiteverb

To keep ahead of (an enemy) in order to attack repeatedly from a distance, without exposing oneself to danger.

Bitenoun

(slang) Something unpleasant.

‘That's really a bite!’;

Kiteverb

(ambitransitive) To (cause to) glide in the manner of a bird.

‘The wind kited us toward shore.’;

Bitenoun

(slang) An act of plagiarism.

‘That song is a bite of my song!’;

Kiteverb

To write or present (a cheque) on an account with insufficient funds, either to defraud or expecting that funds will become available by the time the cheque clears.

‘He was convicted of kiting checks and sentenced to two years in prison.’;

Bitenoun

A small meal or snack.

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

Kiteverb

To steal.

Bitenoun

(figuratively) aggression

Kiteverb

Usually preceded by an inflection of go: to fly a toy kite.

‘I’m going kiting this weekend.’;

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.

Kiteverb

(intransitive) To travel by kite, as when kitesurfing.

‘We spent the afternoon kiting around the bay.’;

Bitenoun

A cheat; a trick; a fraud.

Kiteverb

To move rapidly; to rush.

Bitenoun

A sharper; one who cheats.

Kiteverb

To deflect sideways in the water.

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.

Kiteverb

To pass a (usually concealed) letter or oral message, especially illegally into, within, or out of a prison.

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.’;

Kitenoun

Any raptorial bird of the subfamily Milvinæ, of which many species are known. They have long wings, adapted for soaring, and usually a forked tail.

Biteverb

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

Kitenoun

Fig.: One who is rapacious.

‘Detested kite, thou liest.’;

Biteverb

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

Kitenoun

A light frame of wood or other material covered with paper or cloth, for flying in the air at the end of a string.

Biteverb

To cheat; to trick; to take in.

Kitenoun

A lofty sail, carried only when the wind is light.

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.’;

Kitenoun

A quadrilateral, one of whose diagonals is an axis of symmetry.

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?

Kitenoun

Fictitious commercial paper used for raising money or to sustain credit, as a check which represents no deposit in bank, or a bill of exchange not sanctioned by sale of goods; an accommodation check or bill.

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.

Kitenoun

The brill.

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.’;

Kitenoun

A form of drag to be towed under water at any depth up to about forty fathoms, which on striking bottom is upset and rises to the surface; - called also sentry.

Biteverb

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

Kitenoun

The belly.

Biteverb

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

Kiteverb

To raise money by "kites;" as, kiting transactions. See Kite, 6.

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.’;

Kitenoun

a bank check that has been fraudulently altered to increase its face value

Bitenoun

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

Kitenoun

a bank check drawn on insufficient funds at another bank in order to take advantage of the float

Bitenoun

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

Kitenoun

plaything consisting of a light frame covered with tissue paper; flown in wind at end of a string

Bitenoun

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

Kitenoun

any of several small graceful hawks of the family Accipitridae having long pointed wings and feeding on insects and small animals

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.

Kiteverb

increase the amount (of a check) fraudulently;

‘He kited many checks’;

Bitenoun

A cheat; a trick; a fraud.

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

Kiteverb

get credit or money by using a bad check;

‘The businessman kited millions of dollars’;

Bitenoun

A sharper; one who cheats.

Kiteverb

soar or fly like a kite;

‘The pilot kited for a long time over the mountains’;

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.

Kiteverb

fly a kite;

‘Kids were kiting in the park’; ‘They kited the Red Dragon model’;

Bitenoun

a wound resulting from biting by an animal or a person

Kite

A kite is a tethered heavier-than-air or lighter-than-air craft with wing surfaces that react against the air to create lift and drag forces. A kite consists of wings, tethers and anchors.

Bitenoun

a small amount of solid food; a mouthful;

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

Bitenoun

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

Bitenoun

a light informal meal

Bitenoun

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

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

Bitenoun

wit having a sharp and caustic quality;

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

Bitenoun

a strong odor or taste property;

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

Bitenoun

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

Bitenoun

a portion removed from the whole;

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

Biteverb

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

‘Gunny invariably tried to bite her’;

Biteverb

cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort;

‘The sun burned his face’;

Biteverb

penetrate or cut, as with a knife;

‘The fork bit into the surface’;

Biteverb

deliver a sting to;

‘A bee stung my arm yesterday’;

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’;

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’;

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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