Adjective "Mite" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A minute arachnid which has four pairs of legs when adult, related to the ticks. Many kinds live in the soil and a number are parasitic on plants or animals.
  1. 'Ticks belong to the class Arachnida, which counts mites, spiders and scorpions among its members.'
  2. 'As I watched, several kinds of ants crossed my view, followed by a tiny red mite, a sizable wolf spider, and two colorful jumping spiders.'
  3. 'Passed from dog to dog, adult female sarcoptic mange mites tunnel under a dog's skin to lay eggs.'
  4. 'On the other hand, although they are also primarily decomposers associated with soils, certain oribatid mites are herbivorous on living plants.'
  5. 'Hummingbirds often pick up nectar mites when they visit flowers.'
  6. 'Living among these early land plants were a diverse selection of arthropods, including spiders, mites, myriapods and collembolids'
  7. 'While the true scorpions have been classified in the Arachnida along with the scorpions, spiders, mites, etc, these being primarily terrestrial.'
  8. 'Arachnids are members of a class of animals that includes spiders, scorpions, mites, and ticks.'
  9. 'All of these arthropods are known predators of insect eggs; on at least 17 plants, adult mites were directly observed attacking eggs.'
  10. 'Methods for improving the residual control of mites and prolonging the protection of plants from mites infestations'


A small child or animal, especially when regarded as an object of sympathy.
  1. 'Poor little mite was rather disappointed when he realised it was months away yet, but it hasn't seemed to stop him asking again at regular intervals throughout the day.'
  2. 'His cold has developed into full blown ‘smoker's cough’ this morning, poor little mite.'
  3. 'Poor little mite was most disturbed by the adventure and shivered in my arms, probably not from fear but more from uncertainty.'
  4. 'A mite of a bird must have decided his statue presented refuge.'
  5. 'Poor little mite is going to hate going to the surgery at the end of all this.'
  6. 'I'm gonna have to get him to the vets very soon the poor mite, he seems happy enough other than a bit of scratching though.'
A very small amount.
  1. 'He's a strong, practiced businessman and never lets a mite of logic slip from his grasp.'


A little; slightly.
  1. 'You said, ‘an infallible definition is never new revelation’ but isn't that just a mite disingenuous?'
  2. 'He tends to have an unsettling effect on younger members of the force, who may be a mite intimidated by the longevity of his career.'
  3. 'The new model rides well and handles assuredly on long sweeping corners, but seems a mite too softly sprung on sharper bends.'
  4. 'Unfortunately, my near-perpetual state of blissful inebriation at the time renders the recollections a mite blurry.'
  5. 'The rest of my airforce career was a mite strange.'
  6. 'For their part, the zoo officials were also a mite apprehensive about letting a crowd form around the enclosure where the big cat was giving birth.'
  7. 'A fair few are competent although scarcely memorable, a mite predictable, but all the books contain stories that could at least be considered for any ‘best of’ collection.'
  8. 'But since I was sitting right in front of it, with my back to it, I felt a mite self-conscious with all these faces turned in my direction.'
  9. 'Alas, they failed to heed me, and as a result the traditional New Year predictions column is a mite trickier than it used to be.'
  10. 'Is anyone else feeling a mite peckish just now?'

More definitions


1. any of numerous small to microscopic arachnids of the subclass Acari, including species that are parasitic on animals and plants or that feed on decaying matter and stored foods.


(mite)Late Middle English (denoting a small Flemish copper coin): from Middle Dutch mīte; probably from the same Germanic word as mite.