\ ˈnib How to pronounce nib (audio) \

Definition of nib

1 : bill, beak
2a : the sharpened point of a quill pen
b : pen point also : each of the two divisions of a pen point
3 : a small pointed or projecting part

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Synonyms for nib


beak, bill, neb

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Examples of nib in a Sentence

a finch cracking seeds in its nib make sure the nib has been sharpened before you try to cut anything

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Fun fact: our kitchen team also daily hand-tempers our chocolate to make the nib toffee. Jane Mosbacher Morris, Marie Claire, "5 Easy Ways to Use Your Wallet to Create Real Change," 31 Jan. 2019 There's definitely a learning curve since the nib is the size of a large marker. Anthony Verducci, Popular Mechanics, "Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus Review: iPad or ArtPad?," 15 Jan. 2014 Shrimp and grits get a North African spin with harissa and chermoula; the French toast consists of Cuban bread, guava paste, and cocoa-nib whipped cream. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Brunch Places in Atlanta," 21 Aug. 2018 Straight from the bowl, the frosting is soft and billowy, the right texture to spread across the top of the cake in swirls and waves, the right consistency to capture and hold onto sprinkles, crushed cocoa nibs, toasted nuts or tiny candies. Dorie Greenspan, New York Times, "The Double-Layer Chocolate Cake I Make for My Son’s Birthday," 9 May 2018 Among the choices is this beautiful parsnip veloute, with pistachios and cocoa nibs for texture and a dollop of creme fraiche for heft. Chicago Tribune,, "Sandwiches, soups, salads and more: 20 ideas for what to eat for lunch," 17 May 2018 Dark chocolate chip, coco nib, maple coconut flake topping! Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Danica Patrick shares her favorite dessert recipes, plus which one Aaron Rodgers loves," 21 June 2018 This one, by the 102-year-old Italian brand Tibaldi, has an 18-carat solid gold nib and Tibaldi’s famously smooth ink flow. Fortune, "The Best Non-Car Stuff to Buy From Bentley, Porsche, and BMW," 7 Apr. 2018 Cacao powder and nibs are the most accessible and versatile types of cacao. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "What Is Cacao, And How Does it Relate to Chocolate?," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of nib

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for nib

probably alteration of neb

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The first known use of nib was in 1583

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English Language Learners Definition of nib

: the pointed metal tip of a pen


\ ˈnib How to pronounce nib (audio) \

Kids Definition of nib

1 : a pointed object (as the bill of a bird)
2 : the point of a pen

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