[nib-uh l] /ˈnɪb əl/
verb (used without object), nibbled, nibbling.
to bite off small bits.
to eat or chew in small bites:
Give him a graham cracker to nibble on.
to bite, eat, or chew gently and in small amounts (usually followed by at):
She was so upset she could only nibble at her food.
verb (used with object), nibbled, nibbling.
to bite off small bits of (something).
to eat (food) by biting off small pieces.
to bite in small bits:
He nibbled each morsel with great deliberation.
a small morsel or bit:
Each nibble was eaten with the air of an epicure.
an act or instance of nibbling.
a response by a fish to bait on a fishing line.
any preliminary positive response or reaction.
nibble away at, to cause to decrease or diminish bit by bit:
Inflation was nibbling away at her savings. The rains nibbled at the loam.
Also, nibble at.
verb when intr, often foll by at
(esp of animals, such as mice) to take small repeated bites (of)
to take dainty or tentative bites: to nibble at a cake
to bite (at) gently or caressingly
(intransitive) to make petty criticisms
(intransitive) to consider tentatively or cautiously: to nibble at an idea
a small mouthful
an instance or the act of nibbling
(pl) (informal) small items of food, esp savouries, usually served with drinks
“to bite gently,” c.1500, perhaps from Low German nibbeln “to nibble, gnaw,” related to Middle Low German nibbelen, Middle Dutch knibbelen “to gnaw,” source of Dutch knibbelen “to cavail, squabble.” Related: Nibbled; nibbling.
1650s, “act of nibbling,” from nibble (v.). As “a small bite,” from 1838.
/nib’l/ (US “nybble”, by analogy with “bite” -> “byte”) Half a byte. Since a byte is nearly always eight bits, a nibble is nearly always four bits (and can therefore be represented by one hex digit).
Other size nibbles have existed, for example the BBC Microcomputer disk file system used eleven bit sector numbers which were described as one byte (eight bits) and a nibble (three bits).
Compare crumb, tayste, dynner; see also bit, nickle, deckle.
The spelling “nybble” is uncommon in Commonwealth Hackish as British orthography suggests the pronunciation /ni:’bl/.
- Nibbled to death by ducks
adjective phrase Subject to constant petty annoyances: Writing in such an editor-dominated environment was like being nibbled to death by ducks/ is being nickeled-and-dimed, nibbled to death by ducks (1950s+)
- Nibble mode dram
storage A standard DRAM where four successive bits can be clocked out of the single data line by successive pulses on the CAS\ line while RAS\ is active. A column address is only required for the first bit. This mode is now unfashionable but can be found on some older 64 kilobit and 256 kilobit […]
[nib-ler] /ˈnɪb lər/ noun 1. a person or thing that . 2. any of several fishes of the family Girellidae, inhabiting shallow coastal waters on both sides of the Pacific Ocean, having thin, incisorlike teeth. /ˈnɪblə/ noun 1. a person, animal, or thing that nibbles 2. (engineering) a tool that cuts sheet material by a […]
[nib-uh l] /ˈnɪb əl/ verb (used without object), nibbled, nibbling. 1. to bite off small bits. 2. to eat or chew in small bites: Give him a graham cracker to nibble on. 3. to bite, eat, or chew gently and in small amounts (usually followed by at): She was so upset she could only nibble […]