From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbitebite1 /baɪt/ ●●● S2 verb (past tense bit /bɪt/, past participle bitten /ˈbɪtn/, present participle biting) 1 WITH YOUR TEETHteeth [intransitive, transitive]BITE to use your teeth to cut, crush, or chew something The dog bit him and made his hand bleed.bite into/through/at/down She bit into a croissant and took a sip of coffee. An adult conger eel can easily bite through a man’s leg. Nina pushed her fist into her mouth and bit down hard.bite something off a man whose arm was bitten off by an alligatorbite your nails (=bite the nails on your fingers, especially because you are nervous) I wish I could stop biting my nails.bite your lip (=because you are upset or not sure what to say) She paused uncertainly, biting her lip.2 INSECT/SNAKEinsect/snake [intransitive, transitive]MIHB to injure someone by making a hole in their skin → sting I think I’ve been bitten. The dog’s been badly bitten by fleas.3 NOT SLIPpress hard [intransitive]HOLDSTICK if an object bites into a surface, it presses firmly into it and does not move or slipbite into The hooves of the galloping horses had bitten deep into the soft earth. He wore boots that bit into the ice.4 HAVE AN EFFECTEFFECT/INFLUENCEeffect [intransitive] to start to have an unpleasant effect The new tobacco taxes have begun to bite.bite into The recession is biting into the music industry.5 accept [intransitive] to believe what someone tells you, or to buy something they are selling, especially when they have persuaded you to do this The new camcorders were withdrawn after consumers failed to bite.6 FISHfish [intransitive]HBF if a fish bites, it takes food from a hook and so gets caught The fish just aren’t biting today.7 → bite your tongue8 → bite the dust9 → bite the bullet10 → bite off more than you can chew11 → he/she won’t bite12 → what’s biting you/her etc?13 → somebody/something bites14 → once bitten, twice shy15 → bite the hand that feeds you16 → be bitten by the showbiz/travel/flying etc bug17 → Bite me! → bite somebody’s head off at head1(33), → nail-bitingTHESAURUSbite to use your teeth to cut, crush, or chew somethingThe dog bit me!I sometimes bite my fingernails when I’m nervous.He bit into the apple.chew to keep biting something that is in your mouthHelen was chewing a piece of gum.He was chewing on a cigar.gnaw if an animal gnaws something, it bites it repeatedlyThe dog was in the yard gnawing on a bone.nip somebody/give somebody a nip to give someone or something a small sharp biteWhen I took the hamster out of his cage, he nipped me.nibble to take a lot of small bites from somethingA fish nibbled at the bait.She sat at her desk, nibbling her sandwich. sink your teeth into somebody/something to bite someone or something with a lot of force, so that your teeth go right into themThe dog sank its teeth into my leg.He sank his teeth into the steak.chomp on something informal to bite something and chew it in a noisy wayThe donkey was chomping on a carrot.He was chomping away on big slice of toast.sting if an insect stings you, it makes a very small hole in your skin. You use sting about bees, wasps, and scorpions, and bite about mosquitoes, ants, spiders, and snakesShe stepped on a wasps’ nest and must have been stung at least 20 times. → bite back→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusbite• Cook noodles in medium pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite.• Don't worry about the dog - he won't bite.• The company withdraws its new products quickly if consumers fail to bite.• The workers were not scratched or bitten and have not been placed under quarantine.• She was bitten by a rattlesnake.• When he got to his feet again McAteer grabbed him and bit half his ear off.• She fought off her attacker, scratching and biting him.• Not two minutes in his company and she was biting his head off.• Even a friendly dog will bite if it's scared.• A shell tore through his back, shattering his shoulder and collarbone and biting into his spine.• I sometimes bite my fingernails when I'm nervous.• On just the second day of the trip, I was bitten on the leg by a snake.• Closed basins as deep as 135 feet were bitten out of the underlying basalt.• Barry bit the corner of the packet to open it.• This Katherine bites the heads off rag-dolls and threatens her sister Bianca with a pair of pinking shears.• It chews and bites the venom into its victims, generally small mammals and birds.• Taryn, stop biting your fingernails!bite into/through/at/down• Gusts of freezing wind bite at exposed skin while stinging darts of cold assault gloved fingertips.• Still she felt that breeze ruffling her hair, biting at her nose.• A shell tore through his back, shattering his shoulder and collarbone and biting into his spine.• I nearly cracked a tooth biting into it.• He bit down on it, and the display began to supply proximity and ground contour information.• Still staring, he bit into the bread.• They avoid trouble at all times and only if they are cornered or pestered will they bite at their attackers.• I had to paint the gashes as soon as possible so that rust would not begin to bite into Wavebreaker's long sleekness.bite into• Henry cracked a tooth biting into a piece of hard candy.• Earl picked up his sandwich and bit into it.• I felt something hard as I bit into the cake.• The ski's edge should bite into the snow.