from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The sharpened point of a quill pen.
  • n. A tapered point of a pen, designed to be inserted into a penholder or fountain pen.
  • n. A sharp point or tip.
  • n. A bird's beak or bill.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The tip of a pen or tool that touches the surface.
  • n. The bill or beak of a bird; the neb.
  • n. Bits of trapped dust or other foreign material that form imperfections in painted or varnished surfaces.
  • n. Partially processed cocoa bean.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small and pointed thing or part; a point; a prong.
  • n. The bill or beak of a bird; the neb.
  • n. The points of a pen; also, the pointed part of a pen; a short pen adapted for insertion in a holder.
  • n. One of the handles which project from a scythe snath
  • n. See his nibs, below.
  • transitive v. To furnish with a nib; to point; to mend the point of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To furnish with a nib or point; mend or trim the nib of, as a pen.
  • To nibble.
  • n. The beak or bill, as of a bird; neb.
  • n. The point of anything, as the pointed end of a pen or the extremity or toe of a crowbar.
  • n. A small pen of the usual form for insertion in a penholder.
  • n. The handle of a scythesnath, to which it is attached by a sliding ring that can be tightened by a bolt or wedge.
  • n. A separate adjustable limb of a permutation-key.
  • n. In the picker of a loom fitted with a drop-box for carrying two or more shuttles, a projection from the back side of the picker, working in a groove or guide-way, and coöperating with the pickerspindle to reduce friction and cause the picker to strike squarely against the end of the shuttle.
  • n. See coffee-nib and cacao.
  • n. The tip or growing point of an oyster-shell.
  • n. The button or nodule of graphitic carbon which is sometimes deposited upon the negative terminal by an electric arc between carbon poles.

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

  • n. horny projecting mouth of a bird
  • n. the writing point of a pen


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Alteration of neb.



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