nipple

noun
nip·​ple | \ ˈni-pəl \

Definition of nipple

1 : the protuberance of a mammary gland upon which in the female the lactiferous ducts open and from which milk is drawn
2a : an artificial teat through which a bottle-fed infant nurses
b : a device with an orifice through which the discharge of a liquid can be regulated
3a : a protuberance resembling or suggesting the nipple of a breast
b : a small projection through which oil or grease is injected into machinery
4 : a pipe coupling consisting of a short piece of threaded tubing

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Other Words from nipple

nippled \ ˈni-​pəld \ adjective

Examples of nipple in a Sentence

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The mouth clenched tight around my nipple, light sucking on andsucking out. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Keira Knightley Criticizes the Expectations Set on Kate Middleton After Giving Birth," 7 Oct. 2018 The mouth clenched tight around my nipple, light sucking on and sucking out. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Keira Knightley Just Criticized Kate Middleton for Hiding the Reality of Childbirth," 6 Oct. 2018 There are also plenty of items made from signature Bauhaus materials like concrete; Anita Riesch has made flower planters with ceramic nipples along the outside. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Touring Germany’s Most Festive Christmas Markets," 18 Dec. 2018 Plus, because the nipple has so many nerves, the Montgomery glands are also there for basic sensation. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Why Are There Bumps on My Nipples?," 11 Oct. 2018 Once this assembly is complete and cool to the touch, use Teflon tape to seal the pipe threads on the tank nipple. Steve Willson, Popular Mechanics, "How To Install An Electric Water Heater," 24 Aug. 2018 Sometimes, the surgeon is removing your nipples and lymph nodes as well. Sara Altschule, SELF, "8 Things Not to Say to Someone After a Mastectomy," 3 Dec. 2018 Her friends advised her to get injections in her nipple — the substance of the injection unknown — a common, cheap procedure, often performed by friends, that trans women desperately seek to help them feel more at home in their bodies. Alice Driver, Longreads, "The Road to Asylum," 30 June 2018 Many of her sheer-ruffle pieces expose nipples and are cut short, revealing quite a bit of arm, stomach, and leg. Amira Rasool, Glamour, "How Slashed by Tia Set a New Standard for Instagram Fashion Brands," 9 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of nipple

circa 1510, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nipple

earlier neble, nible, probably diminutive of neb, nib

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The first known use of nipple was circa 1510

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nipple

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nipple

: either one of the two small, round parts on a person's chest that are darker in color than the area around them

: a rubber or plastic device that is attached to a bottle and that has a small opening from which a baby can suck milk

nipple

noun
nip·​ple | \ ˈni-pəl \

Kids Definition of nipple

1 : the part of the breast or chest from which a baby or young animal sucks milk
2 : something (as the mouthpiece of a baby's bottle) like a nipple

nipple

noun
nip·​ple | \ ˈnip-əl \

Medical Definition of nipple

1 : the protuberance of a mammary gland upon which in the female the lactiferous ducts open and from which milk is drawn
2a : an artificial teat through which a bottle-fed infant nurses
b : a device with an orifice through which the discharge of a liquid can be regulated

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