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mite (noun) a small creature living on plants, carpets, or animals; a small child or animal you feel pity for; a small amount of something.

A small creature like a spider, gnat, etc., which live on branches of trees, carpets, animals, or food, is a mite. Rotten bread crawling with mites is rotten bread on which you find small creatures like ants and others moving about, eating it. A small child, especially one, you feel great pity for, is a mite. 'I pitied the poor little mite starving.' Here the little mite is a child or a small animal on which the speaker is taking pity. A small quantity of something is also a mite. 'This is only a mite better than that.' This means that this is only slightly better than the other; that the difference between the two is only a little. A place is just a little distant if it is a mite distant.

  • The famine has left them with very little food. Even that was not fit to eat. The mites on it included red ants, gnats, etc..
  • The elder brother's place looked a mite cleaner than the younger brother's. The difference was noticeable only on a closer look.
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