\ 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 Tattooed atop his right pointer finger is a fountain pen nib. John Kelly, Washington Post, "This young Maryland chemist brews up artisanal fountain pen ink in his shed," 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, "The Succession Kids Finally Master the Art of BS," 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, "The fountain pen-obsessed entrepreneur behind 8chan, the Internet’s most notorious hate forum," 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, "Saratoga’s Mountain Winery: 3 great restaurants before the show," 3 July 2019 The nib is where, metaphorically speaking, the rubber meets the road. John Kelly, Washington Post, "The handwriting is on the wall: Fountain pens are back.," 10 June 2019 Sprinkle with some of the cacao nib crumble before serving. Ben Mims,, "Culinary SOS: Botanica’s Gluten-Free Buckwheat Brownies," 5 June 2019 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

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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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3 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Nib.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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How to pronounce nib (audio)

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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