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nib

[nib]
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noun
  1. the point of a pen, or either of its divisions.
  2. a penpoint for insertion into a penholder.
  3. a point of anything: a cutting tool with a diamond nib.
  4. a bill or beak, as of a bird; neb.
  5. any pointed extremity.
  6. 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
Related formsnib·like, adjective

nibs

[nibz]
noun
  1. his/her nibs, Informal: Often Facetious. a person in authority, especially one who is demanding and tyrannical: His nibs wants fresh strawberries in December.
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Origin of nibs

First recorded in 1815–25; origin uncertain
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Related Words

stick, marker, snout, hue, tint, tone, coloration, vestige, relic, speck, particle, whiff, fragment, smell, hint, element, strain, touch, remnant, shred

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British Dictionary definitions for nib

nib

noun
  1. the writing point of a pen, esp an insertable tapered metal part with a split tip
  2. a point, tip, or beak
  3. (plural) crushed cocoa beans
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verb nibs, nibbing or nibbed (tr)
  1. to provide with a nib
  2. to prepare or sharpen the nib of
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Derived Formsniblike, adjective

Word Origin

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

nibs

noun
  1. his nibs (functioning as singular) slang a mock title used of someone in authority
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Word Origin

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.

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nibs

n.

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

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nib in Medicine

nib

(nĭb)
n.
  1. The smooth or serrated portion of a dental instrument that comes into contact with restorative material being condensed.
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