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Definition of Biting

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sharp, stinging; sarcastic
nipping, nibbling; gnawing; morsel, small bit of food
grip with the teeth; take bait, eat a lure
Biting Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(p. pr. & vb. n.)
of Bite
That bites; sharp; cutting; sarcastic; caustic.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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\bit"ing\ (&?;), a. that bites; sharp; cutting; sarcastic; caustic. "a biting affliction." "a biting jest."

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 biting in 
 biting louse 
English Phonetics
JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Brathiad = n. a stabbing, biting
Brathol = a. stabbing, biting
Cnoad = n. a biting; a chewing
Cnoawl = a. biting; a chewing
Cydiad = n. a joining; a coupling; a biting; a laying hold
WordNet 2.0

1. capable of wounding; "a barbed compliment"; "a biting aphorism"; "pungent satire"
(synonym) barbed, nipping, pungent, mordacious
(similar) sarcastic
2. causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation; used especially of cold; "bitter cold"; "a biting wind"
(synonym) bitter
(similar) painful

1. a wound resulting from biting by an animal or a person
(hypernym) wound, lesion
(hyponym) dog bite
(derivation) seize with teeth
2. a small amount of solid food; a mouthful; "all they had left was a bit of bread"
(synonym) morsel, bit
(hypernym) taste, mouthful
(hyponym) chew, chaw, cud, quid, plug, wad
3. a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin
(synonym) sting, insect bite
(hypernym) injury, hurt, harm, trauma
(hyponym) bee sting
(derivation) sting, prick
4. a light informal meal
(synonym) collation, snack
(hypernym) meal, repast
(hyponym) refreshment
5. (angling) an instance of a fish taking the bait; "after fishing for an hour he still had not had a bite"
(hypernym) success
(classification) fishing, sportfishing
6. wit having a sharp and caustic quality; "he commented with typical pungency"; "the bite of satire"
(synonym) pungency
(hypernym) wit, humor, humour, witticism, wittiness
7. a strong odor or taste property; "the pungency of mustard"; "the sulfurous bite of garlic"; "the sharpness of strange spices"
(synonym) pungency, sharpness
(hypernym) spiciness, spice, spicery
8. the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws
(synonym) chomp
(hypernym) eating, feeding
(hyponym) munch
(derivation) seize with teeth
9. a portion removed from the whole; "the government's weekly bite from my paycheck"
(hypernym) subtraction, deduction
(classification) cant, jargon, slang, lingo, argot, patois, vernacular

1. to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws; "Gunny invariably tried to bite her"
(synonym) seize with teeth
(hypernym) grip
(hyponym) gnaw
(see-also) snap at, bite off
2. cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort; "The sun burned his face"
(synonym) sting, burn
(hypernym) ache, smart, hurt
(hyponym) nettle, urticate
(verb-group) burn
3. penetrate or cut, as with a knife; "The fork bit into the surface"
(hypernym) pierce
4. deliver a sting to; "A bee stung my arm yesterday"
(synonym) sting, prick
(hypernym) pierce
(derivation) sting, insect bite
Biting Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Biting is a common behaviour of opening and closing the jaw found in many animals. This behaviour is found in humans in addition to reptiles, mammals fish and amphibians. Arthropods can also bite. Biting is a physical action an attack but it is a normal activity or response in an animal as it eats, carries objects, softens and prepares food for its young, removes ectoparasites from its body surface, removes plant seeds attached to its fur or hair, scratching itself, and grooming other animals and for defense. Animal bites often result in serious infections and mortality. Dog bites are commonplace, with children the most commonly bitten and the face the most common target.

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