Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of one who nibbles.
  • noun In lensmaking, the reduction of a glass blank to roundness preparatory to grinding.

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  • verb Present participle of nibble.

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Examples

  • It is the reward for your patience in nibbling the leaves.

    Master of my artichoke

  • They turned out however to be unusually attractive, as donkeys go, and they were innocently engaged in nibbling, not rose-leaves but grass, under the tutelage of a barefoot boy.

    Jerry Junior

  • There’s an operatic, carnival-barker quality to Schulberg’s reporting (Evander Holyfield’s Tyson-nibbled ear becomes a “cannibalized auricle,” and said nibbling is judged “sick, sad, sordid, and psycho”) that reflects the high-low vertigo of the best sportswriting.

    Cover to Cover

  • There’s an operatic, carnival-barker quality to Schulberg’s reporting (Evander Holyfield’s Tyson-nibbled ear becomes a “cannibalized auricle,” and said nibbling is judged “sick, sad, sordid, and psycho”) that reflects the high-low vertigo of the best sportswriting.

    Cover to Cover

  • Undaunted by this failure, which Sheridan wittily called nibbling at the

    William Pitt and the Great War

  • Your Pet doesn't admire the idea of nibbling stagnant wet.

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  • "nibbling" -- which although prohibited on Yom Kippur, there is room to be lenient when one's health is at stake.

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  • Mr. Buffett left his office at 7 p.m. and spent the evening reading the newspapers and "nibbling" on Cheetos and licorice pastel candies.

    Buffett Drove Hard Bargain With Goldman

  • For some reason, Grimm has been desperate for affection and ridiculously cuddly--and a 90-pound German Shepherd who must cuddle you right now is hard to ignore, especially when she's "nibbling" your ears.

    All Ye Know On Earth

  • Grooming is done by scratching and "nibbling" the fur, and an oily secretion from glands located near the mouth and anus lubricates the pelage.

    15 Agouti

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