nib

[ nib ]
/ nɪb /

noun

the point of a pen, or either of its divisions.
a penpoint for insertion into a penholder.
a point of anything: a cutting tool with a diamond nib.
a bill or beak, as of a bird; neb.
any pointed extremity.
Metallurgy.
  1. a piece of sintered tungsten carbide used as a die for drawing wire or the like.
  2. (in powder metallurgy) a compact at any stage of its manufacture.

Nearby words

  1. niagara, fort,
  2. niagara-on-the-lake,
  3. niah cave,
  4. niamey,
  5. niarchos,
  6. nibbana,
  7. nibble,
  8. nibbler,
  9. nibelung,
  10. nibelungen

Origin of nib

1575–85; perhaps variant of neb; compare Dutch nib, Middle Low German nibbe (variant of nebbe) beak, Old Norse nibba sharp point. See nibble

Related formsnib·like, adjective

nibs

[ nibz ]
/ nɪbz /

noun

his/her nibs, Informal: Often Facetious. a person in authority, especially one who is demanding and tyrannical: His nibs wants fresh strawberries in December.

Origin of nibs

First recorded in 1815–25; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for nib

nib

/ (nɪb) /

noun

the writing point of a pen, esp an insertable tapered metal part with a split tip
a point, tip, or beak
(plural) crushed cocoa beans

verb nibs, nibbing or nibbed (tr)

to provide with a nib
to prepare or sharpen the nib of
Derived Formsniblike, adjective

Word Origin for nib

C16 (in the sense: beak): origin obscure; compare Northern German nibbe tip. See neb, nibble

nibs

/ (nɪbz) /

noun

his nibs (functioning as singular) slang a mock title used of someone in authority

Word Origin for nibs

C19: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for nib
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Medicine definitions for nib

nib

[ nĭb ]

n.

The smooth or serrated portion of a dental instrument that comes into contact with restorative material being condensed.

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