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.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM nib

nib·like, adjective

Definition for nib (2 of 2)

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 (1 of 2)

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 forms of nib

niblike, adjective

Word Origin for nib

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

British Dictionary definitions for nib (2 of 2)

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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Medical 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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