\ 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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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
Recent Examples on the Web The pen is crafted from blended and turned acrylic in a mix of tawny shades, and its cushion cap closure provides a second seal to ensure an at-the-ready nib. Nancy Olson, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 There are no moving parts in the Pilot Explorer’s 0.75-inch-long stainless-steel nib. Rob Verger, Popular Science, 18 Apr. 2020 Tattooed atop his right pointer finger is a fountain pen nib. John Kelly, Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2019 Tom’s useless nib of conscience, his wavering fealty to the big lie, and his undisciplined cowardice ruin the act. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 7 Oct. 2019 The 13-part fountain pen series culminated in a July shootout between a Jinhao Flower and an Ohto Dude, which easily won for its ultrasmooth nib. Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2019 Not to be overlooked: Cocoa nib cannoli, and the fact that beer and wine is under $10 a glass. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, 3 July 2019 The nib is where, metaphorically speaking, the rubber meets the road. John Kelly, Washington Post, 10 June 2019 Sprinkle with some of the cacao nib crumble before serving. Ben Mims,, 5 June 2019 See More

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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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“Nib.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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\ 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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