nipple

noun nip·ple \ ˈni-pəl \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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
2 a : 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
3 a : 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

nippled

play \ˈni-pəld\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of nipple

earlier neble, nible, probably diminutive of neb, nib


NIPPLE Defined for English Language Learners

nipple

noun

Definition of nipple for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

nipple

noun nip·ple \ ˈni-pəl \

Definition of nipple for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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
2 a : 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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