bait


bait
bait [bāt]
vt.
[ME baiten < ON beita < Gmc * baitian, caus. of * bitan: for base see BITE]
1.
a) to set attacking dogs against [people formerly baited chained bears for sport]
b) to attack as such dogs do
2. to torment or harass with unprovoked, vicious, repeated attacks
3. to tease or goad, esp. so as to provoke a reaction
4. to put food, etc. on (a hook or trap) to lure animals or fish
5. to lure; tempt; entice
6. Archaic to feed (animals) during a break in a journey
vi.
Archaic to stop for food during a journey
n.
[ON beita, lure, fish bait]
1. food, etc. put on a hook or trap to lure fish or animals
2. anything used as a lure; enticement
3. Dial. a large amount [we wolfed down a bait of huckleberries]
4. Archaic a stop for rest or food during a journey
baiter
n.
SYN.- to BAIT is to harass or goad and implies that the persecutor gets malicious pleasure from the act; to BADGER is to pester so persistently as to bring to a state of frantic confusion; to HOUND1 is to pursue or attack relentlessly until the victim succumbs [he was hounded out of office ]; HECKLE denotes the persistent questioning and taunting of a public speaker so as to annoy or confuse him or her; HECTOR implies a continual bullying or nagging in order to intimidate or break down resistance; TORMENT, in this comparison, suggests continued harassment so as to cause acute suffering [tormented by her memories ]; RIDE is colloquial and implies harassment or teasing by ridiculing, criticizing, etc. [they were riding the rookie unmercifully from the dugout ]

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  • bait — BAIT, baiţi, s.m. (inform.) Ansamblu de biţi (de obicei 8) folosit pentru examinarea capacităţii de memorie (3). – Din engl. byte. Trimis de paula, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  bait s. m. (sil. bait), pl. baiţi Trimis de siveco, 10.08.2004. Sursa …   Dicționar Român

  • bait — vb Bait, badger, heckle, hector, chivy, hound, ride mean to persist in tormenting or harassing another. Bait derives its implications from its basic reference to the action of dogs set on to bite and worry an animal (as a chained bear, boar, or… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Bait — (b[=a]t), n. [Icel. beita food, beit pasture, akin to AS. b[=a]t food, Sw. bete. See {Bait}, v. t.] 1. Any substance, esp. food, used in catching fish, or other animals, by alluring them to a hook, snare, inclosure, or net. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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