Origin of nibs
- 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
Related Words for nibsstick, marker, snout, hue, tint, tone, coloration, vestige, relic, speck, particle, whiff, fragment, smell, hint, element, strain, touch, remnant, shred
Examples from the Web for nibs
Historical Examples of nibs
There was a pen the nibs of which were of ruby, set in gold, made by Doughty.The Story of the Invention of Steel Pens
Make half-a-pint of cocoa from the nibs, taking care to have it clear.Nelson's Home Comforts
"He's broken the nibs," growled Ab., coming back with the pen.The Grammar School Boys of Gridley
H. Irving Hancock
The two tiny drawers in which she kept stamps and nibs were out and emptied.The Green Rust
Well, while His Nibs is absorbing the bad news, we'll go over this once more.Skylark Three
Edward Elmer Smith
Word Origin for nibs
verb nibs, nibbing or nibbed (tr)
Word Origin for nib
especially in His Nibs "boss, employer, self-important person," 1821, of unknown origin; perhaps a variant of nob "person of high position."
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.