Definition of biting in English:


Line breaks: bit¦ing
Pronunciation: /ˈbʌɪtɪŋ


  • 1(Of insects and certain other animals) able to wound the skin with a sting or fangs: a cream to ward off biting insects
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    • Deet protects troops on the ground from mosquitoes, deer ticks, biting flies, chiggers, fleas and other insects.
    • M says that although he realises that Moog was provoked he's not prepared to have a biting dog in the house so if he ever shows signs of it again then he'll have to go.
    • The grazing isn't as good, but they are able to find some respite from the biting insects.



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  • It is frigid, bitingly cold, and you have young and old in the streets, and you have the important services, the security services, the navy, the armed forces, saying that they will not turn against the people.
  • On its face, it's a bitingly satirical article about a ‘Men's History Month’ allegedly held at a high school in Vallejo, CA.
  • On a bitingly cold January afternoon it was hard to imagine a sunny June 2004 day when Moore Street Plaza becomes a resplendent showcase of downtown Dublin.

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