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bit·ing / ˈbīting/ • adj. (of insects and certain other animals) able to wound the skin with a sting or fangs: ridding the premises of biting red ants. ∎  (of wind or cold) so cold as to be painful: he leaned forward to protect himself against the biting wind. ∎  (of wit or criticism) harsh or cruel: his biting satire on corruption and power.DERIVATIVES: bit·ing·ly adv.