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Webster 1913 Edition


Mite

Mite

(mīt)
,
Noun.
[AS.
mīte
mite (in sense 1); akin to LG.
mite
, D.
mijt
, G.
miete
, OHG.
mīza
; cf. Goth.
maitan
to cut.]
1.
(Zool.)
A minute arachnid, of the order
Acarina
, of which there are many species;
as, the
dust
mite
,
cheese
mite
,
sugar
mite
,
harvest
mite
,
three-toed spider
mite
, etc.
See
Acarina
.
2.
[D.
mijt
; prob. the same word.]
A small coin formerly circulated in England, rated at about a third of a farthing. The name is also applied to a small coin used in Palestine in the time of Christ.
Two
mites
, which make a farthing.
Mark xii. 49.
3.
A small weight; one twentieth of a grain.
4.
Anything very small; a minute object; a very little quantity or particle.
For in effect they be not worth a
myte
.
Chaucer.

Webster 1828 Edition


Mite

MITE

,
Noun.
[Heb. small.]
1.
A very small insect of the genus Acarus.
2.
In Scripture, a small piece of money, the quarter of a denarius, or about seven English farthings.
3.
Any thing proverbially very small; a very little particle or quantity.
4.
The twentieth part of a grain.

Definition 2022


mite

mite

See also: mité and mitë

English

Noun

mite (plural mites)

  1. A minute arachnid, of the order Acarina, of which there are many species; as, the cheese mite, sugar mite, harvest mite, etc. See Acarina.
  2. A small coin formerly circulated in England, rated at about a third of a farthing.
    • 1803, William Blake, Auguries of Innocence
      One mite wrung from the lab'rer's hands
      Shall buy and sell the miser's lands;
  3. A lepton, a small coin used in Palestine in the time of Christ.
  4. A small weight; one twentieth of a grain.
  5. Anything very small; a minute object; a very little quantity or particle. Sometimes used adverbially.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 5, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      “Well,” I says, “I cal'late a body could get used to Tophet if he stayed there long enough.” ¶ She flared up; the least mite of a slam at Doctor Wool was enough to set her going.
    • 1959, Frances Cavanah, Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance, Project Gutenberg, :
      "Those trousers are a mite too big, but you'll soon grow into them."

Synonyms

  • (small amount): see also Wikisaurus:modicum.

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

mite

  1. Eye dialect spelling of might.

Anagrams


Au

Noun

mite

  1. woman

References

  • transnewguinea.org, citing D. C. Laycock, Languages of the Lumi Subdistrict (West Sepik District), New Guinea (1968), Oceanic Linguistics, 7 (1): 36-66

Catalan

Pronunciation

  • (Balearic) IPA(key): /ˈmi.tə/
  • (Central) IPA(key): /ˈmi.tə/
  • (Valencian) IPA(key): /ˈmi.te/

Noun

mite m (plural mites)

  1. myth

French

Etymology

Middle French, from Old French mitte (kind of insect which gnaws on cloth or cheese), from Middle Dutch mīte (moth, mite), ult. from Proto-Germanic *mītǭ (biting insect, literally cutter). Akin to Old English mīte (mite, tiny insect), Old High German mīza (mite), Danish mide (mite).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /mit/

Noun

mite f (plural mites)

  1. mite (arachnid)
  2. moth, particularly one whose larva destroys something stored by humans

Derived terms

Related terms

Verb

mite

  1. first-person singular present indicative of miter
  2. third-person singular present indicative of miter
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of miter
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of miter
  5. second-person singular imperative of miter

Anagrams


Italian

Adjective

mite m, f (masculine and feminine plural miti)

  1. mild
  2. moderate (price)
  3. balmy (climate)
  4. meek (animal)

Anagrams


Latin

Adjective

mīte

  1. nominative neuter singular of mītis
  2. accusative neuter singular of mītis
  3. vocative neuter singular of mītis

References


Norman

Etymology

From Old French mitte (kind of insect which gnaws on cloth or cheese), from Middle Dutch mīte (moth, mite), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *mītǭ (biting insect, literally cutter).

Noun

mite f (plural mites)

  1. (Jersey) mite

Volapük

Noun

mite

  1. dative singular of mit