1. A small fragment of something broken off from the whole; SYN. chip, flake, fleck, scrap.
2. Piece of metal held in horse's mouth by reins and used to control the horse while riding.
3. The cutting part of a drill; usually pointed and threaded and is replaceable in a brace or bitstock or drill press.
ETYM Old Eng. bite, bit, bitt, AS. bite bite, from bîtan to bite, akin to Icel. bit, OS. biti, German biss. Related to Bite, Bit.
(Homonym: bight, byte).
1. A light informal meal; SYN. collation, snack, nosh.
2. A wound resulting from biting.
3. The act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws; SYN. chomp.
1. Of a size that can be eaten in one bite
2. Being or made small or brief especially so as to be easily manageable
ETYM U. S.
1. A short mixed drink.
2. An appetizer served as a first course at a meal.
1. A large and hurried swallow; SYN. draft, draught, swig.
2. A spasmodic reflex of the throat made as if in swallowing; SYN. gulping.
ETYM Old Fren. morsel, French morceau, Late Lat. morsellus, a dim. from Latin morsus a biting, bite, from mordere to bite; prob. akin to Eng. smart. Related to Smart, Morceau, Mordant, Muse, Muzzle.
1. A small amount of solid food; a mouthful; SYN. bit, bite.
2. A small quantity of anything.
Sip; bite; quantity which fills the mouth
The quantity that can be held in the mouth.
1. A small, quick meal.
2. A little bit to eat, especially between regular meals.
1. An abrupt closing (as of the mouth in biting or of scissors in cutting)
2. A small amount; bit
3. An act or instance of seizing abruptly; a sudden snatching at something; a quick short movement; a sudden sharp breaking
4. A sound made by snapping something; a brief sharp and usually irritable speech or retort
5. A sudden spell of weather
6. A catch or fastening that closes or locks with a click
7. A flat brittle cookie — compare gingersnap
9. The condition of being vigorous in body, mind, or spirit; alertness, energy; a pleasing vigorous quality
10. The act of a center's putting the football in play from its position on the ground by quickly passing
(Irregular plural: snatches).
1. A brief period; a brief, fragmentary, or hurried part; bit.
2. A snatching at or of something; an act or instance of kidnapping.
3. A block that can be opened on one side to receive the bight of a rope.
ETYM Old Eng. swalowe, as. swalewe, swealwe; akin to Dutch zwaluw, Old High Germ. swalawa, German schwalbe, Icel. and Swed. svala, Dan. svale.
1. A small amount of liquid food; SYN. sup.
2. The act of swallowing; SYN. drink, deglutition.