bite

Bite \Bite\, n. [OE. bite, bit, bitt, AS. bite bite, fr. b[=i]tan to bite, akin to Icel. bit, OS. biti, G. biss. See {Bite}, v., and cf. {Bit}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] I have known a very good fisher angle diligently four or six hours for a river carp, and not have a bite. --Walton. [1913 Webster] 2. The act of puncturing or abrading with an organ for taking food, as is done by some insects. [1913 Webster] 3. The wound made by biting; as, the pain of a dog's or snake's bite; the bite of a mosquito. [1913 Webster] 4. A morsel; as much as is taken at once by biting. [1913 Webster] 5. 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. [1913 Webster] 6. A cheat; a trick; a fraud. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] The baser methods of getting money by fraud and bite, by deceiving and overreaching. --Humorist. [1913 Webster] 7. A sharper; one who cheats. [Slang] --Johnson. [1913 Webster] 8. (Print.) 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. [1913 Webster]