noun Chiefly British.
- filamentous matter from the bast tissue or other parts of plants, used for industrial purposes.
- a slender, threadlike root of a plant.
- a slender, tapered cell which, with like cells, serves to strengthen tissue.
- the structural part of plants and plant products that consists of carbohydrates, as cellulose and pectin, that are wholly or partially indigestible and when eaten stimulate peristalsis in the intestine.
- food containing a high amount of such carbohydrates, as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
Origin of fiber
Examples from the Web for fibre
Contemporary Examples of fibre
You will hardly know who I am or what I mean, But I shall be good health to you nevertheless, And filter and fibre your blood.A Eulogy for Marie Colvin
March 14, 2012
Historical Examples of fibre
I luxuriate in it, I joy in it, I feel it in every fibre of my being.The Bacillus of Beauty
He waited, every nerve and fibre of him tense for her answer.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
It was the trap, ever the trap, the fear of it lurking deep in the life of him, woven into the fibre of him.White Fang
A kind of universal cramp seized me—a contraction of every fibre of my body.Wilfrid Cumbermede
It is a quality of my fibre, divinely inwoven like mind in matter.Cleo The Magnificent
- a narrow elongated thick-walled cell: a constituent of sclerenchyma tissue
- such tissue extracted from flax, hemp, etc, used to make linen, rope, etc
- a very small root or twig
Word Origin for fibre
1530s, from French fibre (14c.), from Latin fibra "a fiber, filament," of uncertain origin, perhaps related to Latin filum "thread," or from root of findere "to split." Fiberboard is from 1897; Fiberglas is 1937, U.S. registered trademark name; and fiber optics is from 1956.