verb (used with object), nick·eled, nick·el·ing or (especially British) nick·elled, nick·el·ling.
Origin of nickel
Examples from the Web for nickel
Contemporary Examples of nickel
I was already over forty, had hardly a nickel in my pocket and this was the biggest break in my life.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Back then, when you made a movie that lost money, you lost every nickel.The Director Isn’t Done Yet: An Interview With Steven Soderbergh
August 1, 2014
When the popsicle man came around, my mother gave me a nickel.James Lee Burke Talks About His Fiction, History, and the American Dream
July 20, 2014
In them days, you could get two loaves of bread for a nickel.Stanley Booth on the Life and Hard Times of Blues Genius Furry Lewis
June 7, 2014
If I had a nickel for every time an Palestinian was paid under those terms, I wouldn't have any nickels.Want to Settle? Ask the Rabbi
June 13, 2012
Historical Examples of nickel
In this locality the original rock is a peridotite, relatively low in nickel, which has been altered to serpentine.The Economic Aspect of Geology
C. K. Leith
"I won't go unless you give me a nickel first," he maintained, firmly.The Campfire Girls Go Motoring
Hildegard G. Frey
Three days: The blood ring is the prominent feature and is as large as a nickel.The Dollar Hen
Milo M. Hastings
Then he looked at the position of the sun and verified the fact that his nickel watch had stopped again.Banzai!
Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff
But steels containing 18.64 and 29% of nickel behaved very differently.
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
Word Origin for nickel
whitish metal element, 1755, coined in 1754 by Swedish mineralogist Axel von Cronstedt (1722-1765) from shortening of Swedish kopparnickel "copper-colored ore" (from which it was first obtained), a half-translation of German Kupfernickel, literally "copper demon," from Kupfer (see copper) + Nickel "demon, goblin, rascal" (a pet form of masc. proper name Nikolaus, cf. English Old Nick "the devil;" see Nicholas); the ore so called by miners because it looked like copper but yielded none.
Meaning "coin made partly of nickel" is from 1857, when the U.S. introduced one-cent coins made of nickel to replace the old bulky copper pennies. Application to five-cent piece (originally one part nickel, three parts copper) is from 1883, American English; in earlier circulation there were silver half-dimes. To nickel-and-dime (someone) is from 1964 (nickels and dimes "very small amounts of money" is attested from 1893).
n. Symbol Ni
see not worth a dime (plugged nickel).