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nib

[nib] /nɪb/
noun
1.
the point of a pen, or either of its divisions.
2.
a penpoint for insertion into a penholder.
3.
a point of anything:
a cutting tool with a diamond nib.
4.
a bill or beak, as of a bird; neb.
5.
any pointed extremity.
6.
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.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; perhaps variant of neb; compare Dutch nib, Middle Low German nibbe (variant of nebbe) beak, Old Norse nibba sharp point. See nibble
Related forms
niblike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for niblike

nib

/nɪb/
noun
1.
the writing point of a pen, esp an insertable tapered metal part with a split tip
2.
a point, tip, or beak
3.
(pl) crushed cocoa beans
verb (transitive) nibs, nibbing, nibbed
4.
to provide with a nib
5.
to prepare or sharpen the nib of
Derived Forms
niblike, adjective
Word Origin
C16 (in the sense: beak): origin obscure; compare Northern German nibbe tip. See neb, nibble
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Word Origin and History for niblike

nib

n.

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.

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niblike in Medicine

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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Related Abbreviations for niblike

NIB

  1. National Industries for the Blind
  2. Nordic Investment Bank
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