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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Causing a stinging sensation; nipping: biting cold.
  • adj. Capable of gripping and affecting or wounding; cutting: a biting aphorism. See Synonyms at incisive.
  • adj. Of or relating to insects and certain other animals that wound the skin with a sting, mouthparts, or fangs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of bite.
  • n. The action of the verb to bite.
  • n. An occurrence of a bite.
  • adj. Causing a stinging sensation.
  • adj. Cutting or incisive.
  • adj. Tending to bite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. That bites; sharp; cutting; sarcastic; caustic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Nipping; keen: as, biting cold; biting weather.
  • Severe; sharp; bitter; painful: as, a “biting affliction,”
  • Acrid; hot; pungent: as, a biting taste.
  • Hence Sharp; severe; cutting; sarcastic: as, a biting remark.
  • n. The action of cutting, piercing, etc., in any sense of bite.
  • n. The corroding action of a mordant upon a metal plate, wherever the lines of a design, drawn upon a prepared ground, have been laid bare with a needle, as in etching, or the surface is alternately stopped out and exposed, as in aquatint.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation; used especially of cold
  • adj. capable of wounding

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