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[fahy-ber] /ˈfaɪ bər/
noun, Chiefly British
1. Unabridged
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  • The vegetal fibre is laid on top of the iron sheets.
  • Each limb, each muscle, each fibre of the huge prostrate body was twisted and turned in every direction.
  • The reflected light is fed through a special fibre-optic cable that makes different wavelengths travel at different speeds.
  • The camera could be internal with say only a small fibre optic cable poking out to gather light.
  • The beam itself will be produced by a device called a fibre laser.
  • Besides, optical fibre is slowly working its way up his hillside.
  • Besides being thick, the window was narrow: it was an optical fibre.
  • If a pocket reaches the end of a fibre, it breaks off as a bubble.
  • Bamboo has a higher tensile strength than steel and can be taped together with natural fibre and resin.
  • When those pulses arrive at the other end of a fibre they, in turn, trigger the release of more neurotransmitters.
British Dictionary definitions for fibre


a natural or synthetic filament that may be spun into yarn, such as cotton or nylon
cloth or other material made from such yarn
a long fine continuous thread or filament
the structure of any material or substance made of or as if of fibres; texture
essential substance or nature: all the fibres of his being were stirred
strength of character (esp in the phrase moral fibre)
  1. a narrow elongated thick-walled cell: a constituent of sclerenchyma tissue
  2. such tissue extracted from flax, hemp, etc, used to make linen, rope, etc
  3. a very small root or twig
(anatomy) any thread-shaped structure, such as a nerve fibre
Derived Forms
fibred, (US) fibered, adjective
fibreless, (US) fiberless, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin fibra filament, entrails
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Word Origin and History for fibre

chiefly British English spelling of fiber (q.v.); for spelling, see -re.

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