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fibre

[fahy-ber] /ˈfaɪ bər/
noun, Chiefly British
1.
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fibre

/ˈfaɪbə/
noun
1.
a natural or synthetic filament that may be spun into yarn, such as cotton or nylon
2.
cloth or other material made from such yarn
3.
a long fine continuous thread or filament
4.
the structure of any material or substance made of or as if of fibres; texture
5.
essential substance or nature: all the fibres of his being were stirred
6.
strength of character (esp in the phrase moral fibre)
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8.
(botany)
  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
9.
(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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n.

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

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