- 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
Origin of nibs
Related Words for nibstick, 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
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.Four Chocolate Questions Answered
September 29, 2009
Historical Examples of nib
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
verb nibs, nibbing or nibbed (tr)
Word Origin for nib
Word Origin for nibs
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."