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

niblike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nib

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
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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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