nib

noun
\ ˈnib \

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

Synonyms

apex, cusp, end, nose, pike, point, tip

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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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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, chicagotribune.com, "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 All anchored by a base of cocoa-nib chocolate crumble. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Will Wentworth's cooking at Mordecai earn him another Michelin star?," 8 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 Dulce de leche, candied cocoa nibs and dark chocolate glacage create this beaut. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Treat your sweet tooth with these extravagant desserts," 17 Nov. 2017

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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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nib

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nib

: the pointed metal tip of a pen

nib

noun
\ ˈnib \

Kids Definition of nib

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

2 : the point of a pen

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