nib

[nib]

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.

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]

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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Examples from the Web for nib

Contemporary Examples of nib

  • When the cocoa beans are roasted, their shells crack to expose the nib, which is then ground into a thick paste.

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    September 29, 2009

Historical Examples of nib


British Dictionary definitions for nib

nib

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

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
n.

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.

nibs

n.

especially in His Nibs "boss, employer, self-important person," 1821, of unknown origin; perhaps a variant of nob "person of high position."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

nib in Medicine

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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