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 for Bite
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bite \Bite\, v. i.
     1. To seize something forcibly with the teeth; to wound with
        the teeth; to have the habit of so doing; as, does the dog
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     2. To cause a smarting sensation; to have a property which
        causes such a sensation; to be pungent; as, it bites like
        pepper or mustard.
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     3. To cause sharp pain; to produce anguish; to hurt or
        injure; to have the property of so doing.
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              At the last it [wine] biteth like serpent, and
              stingeth like an adder.               --Prov. xxiii.
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     4. To take a bait into the mouth, as a fish does; hence, to
        take a tempting offer.
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     5. To take or keep a firm hold; as, the anchor bites.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bite \Bite\ (b[imac]t), v. t. [imp. Bit (b[i^]t); p. p.
     Bitten (b[i^]t"t'n), Bit; p. pr. & vb. n. Biting.] [OE.
     biten, AS. b[imac]tan; akin to D. bijten, OS. b[imac]tan,
     OHG. b[imac]zan, G. beissen, Goth. beitan, Icel. b[imac]ta,
     Sw. bita, Dan. bide, L. findere to cleave, Skr. bhid to
     cleave. [root]87. Cf. Fissure.]
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     1. 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.
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              Such smiling rogues as these,
              Like rats, oft bite the holy cords atwain. --Shak.
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     2. To puncture, abrade, or sting with an organ (of some
        insects) used in taking food.
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     3. To cause sharp pain, or smarting, to; to hurt or injure,
        in a literal or a figurative sense; as, pepper bites the
        mouth. "Frosts do bite the meads." --Shak.
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     4. To cheat; to trick; to take in. [Colloq.] --Pope.
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     5. To take hold of; to hold fast; to adhere to; as, the
        anchor bites the ground.
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              The last screw of the rack having been turned so
              often that its purchase crumbled, . . . it turned
              and turned with nothing to bite.      --Dickens.
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     To bite the dust, To bite the ground, to fall in the
        agonies of death; as, he made his enemy bite the dust.
     To bite in (Etching), to corrode or eat into metallic
        plates by means of an acid.
     To bite the thumb at (any one), formerly a mark of
        contempt, designed to provoke a quarrel; to defy. "Do you
        bite your thumb at us?" --Shak.
     To bite the tongue, to keep silence. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bite \Bite\, n. [OE. bite, bit, bitt, AS. bite bite, fr.
     b[imac]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.
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              I have known a very good fisher angle diligently
              four or six hours for a river carp, and not have a
              bite.                                 --Walton.
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     2. The act of puncturing or abrading with an organ for taking
        food, as is done by some insects.
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     3. The wound made by biting; as, the pain of a dog's or
        snake's bite; the bite of a mosquito.
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     4. A morsel; as much as is taken at once by biting.
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     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.
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     6. A cheat; a trick; a fraud. [Colloq.]
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              The baser methods of getting money by fraud and
              bite, by deceiving and overreaching.  --Humorist.
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     7. A sharper; one who cheats. [Slang] --Johnson.
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     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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a wound resulting from biting by an animal or a person
      2: a small amount of solid food; a mouthful; "all they had left
         was a bit of bread" [syn: morsel, bit, bite]
      3: a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger
         into skin [syn: sting, bite, insect bite]
      4: a light informal meal [syn: bite, collation, snack]
      5: (angling) an instance of a fish taking the bait; "after
         fishing for an hour he still had not had a bite"
      6: wit having a sharp and caustic quality; "he commented with
         typical pungency"; "the bite of satire" [syn: pungency,
      7: a strong odor or taste property; "the pungency of mustard";
         "the sulfurous bite of garlic"; "the sharpness of strange
         spices"; "the raciness of the wine" [syn: pungency, bite,
         sharpness, raciness]
      8: the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws
         [syn: bite, chomp]
      9: a portion removed from the whole; "the government's weekly
         bite from my paycheck"
      v 1: to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or
           jaws; "Gunny invariably tried to bite her" [syn: bite,
           seize with teeth]
      2: cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort; "The sun burned
         his face" [syn: bite, sting, burn]
      3: penetrate or cut, as with a knife; "The fork bit into the
      4: deliver a sting to; "A bee stung my arm yesterday" [syn:
         sting, bite, prick]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  327 Moby Thesaurus words for "bite":
     acerbity, acidity, acridity, acrimony, acuminate, acute pain,
     adhere to, afflict, agonize, ail, allotment, allowance, and sinker,
     astringency, auger, bait, be a sucker, be keen, be taken in,
     bear hug, benumb, big end, bigger half, bit, bite the tongue,
     bitingness, bitterness, bolus, bore, boring pain, briskness,
     bristle with, broach, budget, burn, causticity, chafe, champ,
     charley horse, chaw, chew, chew the cud, chew up, chill, chomp,
     chunk, clamp, clasp, cleave to, clench, clinch, cling, clinging,
     clip, clutch, collation, commission, contingent, convulse, corrode,
     countersink, cramp, cramps, crick, crucify, crunch, cud, cut,
     cuttingness, darting pain, deal, death grip, destiny, devour,
     distress, dividend, dole, drill, drive, eat, eat away, eat out,
     eat up, edge, effectiveness, embrace, empierce, end, equal share,
     erode, etch, excruciate, fall for, fate, fester, fierceness,
     firm hold, fix, foothold, footing, force, forcefulness, freeze,
     freeze to, fret, frost, frostbite, fulgurant pain, gall, ginger,
     girdle pain, give pain, gnash, gnaw, gnawing, go for, go through,
     gob, gobble up, gore, gouge, gouge out, grapple, grasp, grate,
     grind, grip, gripe, griping, gulp down, gum, guts, half, halver,
     hang on, hang on to, harrow, harshness, have an edge, helping,
     hitch, hold, hold fast, hold on, hold on to, hold tight, hole,
     honeycomb, hotness, hug, hurt, impale, impressiveness,
     incisiveness, inflame, inflict pain, interest, iron grip, irritate,
     jumping pain, keenness, keep hold of, kick, kill by inches, kink,
     lacerate, lance, lancinating pain, lap up, lick, light lunch,
     light meal, light repast, line, liveliness, lot, martyr, martyrize,
     masticate, measure, meed, mess, modicum, moiety, mordacity,
     mordancy, morsel, mouth, mouthful, mumble, munch, needle,
     nervosity, nervousness, never let go, nibble, nip, nippiness, nosh,
     numb, pain, pang, paroxysm, part, penetrate, pepperiness,
     percentage, perforate, piece, pierce, pinch, pink, poignancy,
     point, portion, power, prick, prolong the agony, proportion, punch,
     puncture, purchase, put to torture, quantum, quid, quota, raciness,
     rack, rake-off, rankle, rasp, ration, ream, ream out, refreshments,
     refrigerate, relish, riddle, rigor, roughness, rub, ruminate,
     run through, scour, scrap, scrunch, segment, seizure, severity,
     share, sharp pain, sharpness, shoot, shooting, shooting pain,
     sinew, sinewiness, sip, skewer, slice, small share, snack, snap,
     snappiness, spasm, spear, spice, spiciness, spike, spit,
     spot of lunch, stab, stabbing pain, stake, stick, stick to, sting,
     stitch, stock, strength, stridency, stringency, strong language,
     sup, swallow, swallow anything, swallow hook, swallow whole,
     swing at, take the bait, tang, tanginess, tap, tartness, taste,
     teeth, thrill, throes, tight grip, toehold, tooth, tormen, torment,
     torture, transfix, transpierce, trenchancy, trepan, trephine,
     tumble for, tweak, twinge, twist, twitch, vehemence, vigor,
     vigorousness, violence, virulence, vitality, wear away, wound,
     wrench, wring, zest, zestfulness, zip

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

      /bi:t/ (B) A component in the machine data hierarchy
     larger than a bit and usually smaller than a word; now
     nearly always eight bits and the smallest addressable unit of
     storage.  A byte typically holds one character.
     A byte may be 9 bits on 36-bit computers.  Some older
     architectures used "byte" for quantities of 6 or 7 bits, and
     the PDP-10 and IBM 7030 supported "bytes" that were actually
     bit-fields of 1 to 36 (or 64) bits!  These usages are now
     obsolete, and even 9-bit bytes have become rare in the general
     trend toward power-of-2 word sizes.
     The term was coined by Werner Buchholz in 1956 during the
     early design phase for the IBM Stretch computer.  It was a
     mutation of the word "bite" intended to avoid confusion with
     "bit".  In 1962 he described it as "a group of bits used to
     encode a character, or the number of bits transmitted in
     parallel to and from input-output units".  The move to an
     8-bit byte happened in late 1956, and this size was later
     adopted and promulgated as a standard by the System/360
     operating system (announced April 1964).
     James S. Jones  adds:
     I am sure I read in a mid-1970's brochure by IBM that outlined
     the history of computers that BYTE was an acronym that stood
     for "Bit asYnchronous Transmission E..?" which related to
     width of the bus between the Stretch CPU and its CRT-memory
     (prior to Core).
     Terry Carr  says:
     In the early days IBM taught that a series of bits transferred
     together (like so many yoked oxen) formed a Binary Yoked
     Transfer Element (BYTE).
     [True origin?  First 8-bit byte architecture?]
     See also nibble, octet.
     [{Jargon File]

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