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Definition of bait:

  1. A light or hasty luncheon.
  2. A portion of food or drink, as a refreshment taken on a journey; also, a stop for rest and refreshment.
  3. Any substance, esp. food, used in catching fish, or other animals, by alluring them to a hook, snare, inclosure, or net.
  4. Anything which allures; a lure; enticement; temptation.
  5. To flap the wings; to flutter as if to fly; or to hover, as a hawk when she stoops to her prey.
  6. To furnish or cover with bait, as a trap or hook.
  7. To give a portion of food and drink to, upon the road; as, to bait horses.
  8. To provoke and harass; esp., to harass or torment for sport; as, to bait a bear with dogs; to bait a bull.
  9. To stop to take a portion of food and drink for refreshment of one's self or one's beasts, on a journey.


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