- 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.
- a piece of sintered tungsten carbide used as a die for drawing wire or the like.
- (in powder metallurgy) a compact at any stage of its manufacture.
Origin of nib
- 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
Related Wordsstick, marker, snout, hue, tint, tone, coloration, vestige, relic, speck, particle, whiff, fragment, smell, hint, element, strain, touch, remnant, shred
Examples from the Web for nib
When the cocoa beans are roasted, their shells crack to expose the nib, which is then ground into a thick paste.Four Chocolate Questions Answered
September 29, 2009
That should teach him to get rid of the nasty habit of sucking the nib.
I've always looked up to you as a bit of a nib and wished I was like you.Jill the Reckless
P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
It might not be safe to kill him; but it would be safe enough to kill Nib.
They wrangled together for a few minutes, and then Nib was handed over.
For finer writing the pen should be cut with a longer slope in the nib.Lessons in the Art of Illuminating
W. J. Loftie
- 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
- to provide with a nib
- to prepare or sharpen the nib of
- his nibs (functioning as singular) slang a mock title used of someone in authority
Word Origin and History for nib
1580s, "beak or bill of a bird," Scottish variant of Old English neb (see neb). Meaning "point" (of a pen or quill) first recorded 1610s.
especially in His Nibs "boss, employer, self-important person," 1821, of unknown origin; perhaps a variant of nob "person of high position."
- The smooth or serrated portion of a dental instrument that comes into contact with restorative material being condensed.