biting

[[t]ba͟ɪtɪŋ[/t]]
1) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n Biting wind or cold is extremely cold.

...a raw, biting northerly wind...

Antarctic air brought biting cold to southern Chile on Thursday.

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2) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n Biting criticism or wit is very harsh or unkind, and is often caused by such feelings as anger or dislike.

...a furore caused by the author's biting satire on the Church...

This was the most biting criticism made against her.

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  • Biting — Bit ing, a. That bites; sharp; cutting; sarcastic; caustic. A biting affliction. A biting jest. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • biting — biting; non·biting; …   English syllables

  • biting — [adj1] piercing, sharp bitter, bleak, blighting, cold, crisp, cutting, freezing, harsh, nipping, penetrating, raw; concepts 569,605 Ant. bland, calm, mild biting [adj2] sarcastic acerbic, acrimonious, bitter, caustic, cutting, incisive, mordant,… …   New thesaurus

  • Biting in — Bit ing in (Etching.) The process of corroding or eating into metallic plates, by means of an acid. See {Etch}. G. Francis. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • biting — index bitter (acrid tasting), bitter (penetrating), bitter (reproachful), caustic, harsh, incisive …   Law dictionary

  • biting — cutting, crisp, trenchant, *incisive, clear cut Analogous words: *caustic, mordant, acrid: *pungent, poignant, piquant, racy …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • biting — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a wind or the air) painfully cold. 2) (of wit or criticism) harsh or cruel. DERIVATIVES bitingly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • biting — [bīt′iŋ] adj. 1. cutting; sharp 2. sarcastic; caustic SYN. INCISIVE bitingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • Biting — 1 Original name in latin Biting Name in other language Biting State code ID Continent/City Asia/Makassar longitude 8.5966 latitude 120.6341 altitude 1318 Population 0 Date 2012 01 21 2 Original name in latin Biting Name in other language Biting… …   Cities with a population over 1000 database

  • biting — bit|ing [ˈbaıtıŋ] adj 1.) a biting wind is unpleasantly cold = ↑icy ▪ A biting wind blew down from the hills. 2.) a biting criticism, remark etc is cruel or unkind ▪ a biting satire on corruption >bitingly adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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