Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To bruise or grind coarsely, as malt, beans, etc.
  • To clip roughly, as a stone.
  • To walk lame.
  • noun The bucket of a draw-well, or of the shaft of a mine. [Prov. Eng.]
  • noun A stick with a curve or knob at the end, used in playing the game of nurspell.
  • To hoist ore or refuse in a mine-bucket or kibble.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Prov. Eng. A large iron bucket used in Cornwall and Wales for raising ore out of mines.
  • transitive verb Prov.Eng. To bruise; to grind coarsely.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb to grind something coarsely
  • noun something that has been kibbled, especially grain for use as animal feed
  • noun an iron bucket used in mines for hoisting anything to the surface

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an iron bucket used for hoisting in wells or mining
  • noun coarsely ground grain in the form of pellets (as for pet food)

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Unknown; verb sense c. 1790, Shropshire dialect, perhaps variant of chip.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

German Kübel ("pail"), from Middle High German, from Old High German -chublī (in miluhchublī ("milk pail")), from Vulgar Latin *cupia, from Latin cūpa.

Examples

  • It is to be put into an iron bucket called a kibble, which is like a huge gypsy-pot (big enough to hold two ordinary-sized people thinly clad), suspended by three chains.

    The Romance of Isabel Lady Burton

  • It is to be put into an iron bucket called a kibble, which is like a huge gypsy-pot (big enough to hold two ordinary-sized people thinly clad), suspended by three chains.

    The Romance of Isabel, Lady Burton

  • This is mostly b.s. The dry cat food that I feed my cats is not "kibble" -- it does not contain mostly carbohydrates.

    About.com Cats

  • Fido's food may be making kids sick; CDC calls kibble an under-recognized salmonella source

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  • Fido's food may be making kids sick; CDC calls kibble an under-recognized salmonella source

    Gaea Times (by Simple Thoughts) Breaking News and incisive views 24/7

  • All kibble, which is cheaper than canned or raw, must have grain, potato, or tapioca in it to hold it together.

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  • Inside the bag, I discovered that their kibble is a small, thick triangle shape.

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  • The aggrandized bucket or "kibble" of the Cornishman has practically disappeared, but the cage still remains in many mines.

    Principles of Mining Valuation, Organization and Administration

  • So we fill them up on dry "kibble," which combines animal products with vegetable-based starches, and meat-based canned "wet" foods, many containing parts of animals cats would likely never encounter, much less hunt and kill, in a purely natural situation.

    Augusta Free Press

  • So we fill them up on dry "kibble," which combines animal products with vegetable-based starches, and meat-based canned "wet" foods, many containing parts of animals cats would likely never encounter, much less hunt and kill, in a purely natural situation.

    Augusta Free Press

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  • The famous Kibble Palace in the Botanic Gardens is probably one of Glasgow's best-loved buildings.

    June 23, 2008