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Nib  v. t.  (past & past part. nebbed; pres. part. nibbing)  To furnish with a nib; to point; to mend the point of; as, to nib a pen.

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"Nib" Quotes from Famous Books

... fruit to sell, some with smaller news to give. Nobody knew whether Washington was taken. Nobody knew whether Jeff. Davis was now spitting in the Presidential spittoon, and scribbling his distiches with the nib of the Presidential goose-quill. We were absolutely in doubt whether a seemingly inoffensive knot of rustics, on a mound without the inclosure, might not, at tap of drum, unmask a battery of giant columbiads, and belch blazes ...
— Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 7, No. 44, June, 1861 • Various

... :nybble: /nib'l/ (alt. 'nibble') /n./ [from /v./ 'nibble' by analogy with 'bite' > 'byte'] Four bits; one {hex} digit; a half-byte. Though 'byte' is now techspeak, this useful relative is still jargon. Compare {{byte}}; see also {bit}, Apparently the 'nybble' spelling is uncommon in Commonwealth Hackish, as ...
— The Jargon File, Version 4.0.0

... not a very gay beginning for a young officer's active service, but Gordon, like his mother, had a way of making the best of things. Even when, as he wrote, the ink was frozen, and he broke the nib of his pen as he dipped it, "There are really no hardships for the officers," he wrote home; "the men ...
— The Story of General Gordon • Jeanie Lang

... exceptional cases, e.g. in oedema of the finger, are other places chosen, such as the lobule of the ear, or (in the case of children) the big toe. For the puncture pointed needles or specially constructed instruments, open or shielded lancets, are unnecessary: we recommend a fine steel pen, of which one nib has been broken off. It is easily disinfected by heating to redness, and produces not a puncture but what is more useful, a cut, from which blood freely flows without ...
— Histology of the Blood - Normal and Pathological • Paul Ehrlich

Words linked to "Nib" :   beak, pen, bird, bill, cere, mouth, pen nib, point, neb, pecker

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