Definition of nib in English:

nib

Syllabification: nib

noun

  • 1The pointed end part of a pen, which distributes the ink on the writing surface.
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    • Writing was done with nibs fitted into a pen holder.
    • An angled nib means the writer can always see the writing - a particular boon for left-handers - and the hand stays in a better position, the inventor claims.
    • At this, Ian pressed his pen so hard into the surface of the paper that he broke his nib.
  • 1.1A pointed or projecting part of an object.
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    • That's not a problem - all of Lomi Design's wardrobes are made to order and can be customised to suit your space, whether it involves protruding chimneys, wall nibs, or sloped ceilings.
  • 2 (nibs) Shelled and crushed coffee or cocoa beans.
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    • In a small bowl, combine the cacao nibs and brown sugar.
    • Add the cocoa nibs and 5-spice powder while stirring constantly to coat.
    • When she asked what it was, I responded ‘Homemade marshmallows, roasted peanuts and cocoa nibs enrobed in dark chocolate’, a dark mood crossed her face.
  • 2.1Small pieces of caramel, licorice, or other sweets.
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    • Drinks and nibs at the Glassblower, which I'd not been to for… oh, I don't know, probably five years.

Origin

late 16th century (in the sense 'beak, nose'): probably from Middle Dutch nib or Middle Low German nibbe, variant of nebbe 'beak' (see neb).

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