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 nursesb : 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 breastb : a small projection through which oil or grease is injected into machinery
4 : a pipe coupling consisting of a short piece of threaded tubing
nippledplay \ˈni-pəld\ adjective
Recent Examples of nipple from the Web
Exhausted new moms, learning how to hold a tiny, fragile human, have to grab their breast and bullseye a nipple into a small, crying mouth.
Other symptoms may include thickening or swelling of the skin, hardening of the breast, an inverted nipple, swelling, and itchiness, according to the American Cancer Society.
The spiral bra cups harken back to the iconic cone bra that Gaultier designed for Madonna's Blond Ambition tour in the 1990s, decades before women were wearing boob T-shirts and talking about freeing the nipple.
With your free hand, feel free to touch your breasts or play with your nipples.
The CE261 also ditches the reference design’s tiny touchpad, without, apparently, replacing it with one of those ThinkPad rubber pointing nipple-thingies.
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Origin and Etymology of nipple
earlier neble, nible, probably diminutive of neb, nib
First Known Use: circa 1510See Words from the same year
NIPPLE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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 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 nursesb: a device with an orifice through which the discharge of a liquid can be regulated
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