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Meaning of NIBBLE

Pronunciation:  'nibul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  gentle biting
  2. [n]  a small byte
  3. [v]  eat lightly; "She just nibbles at her food"
  4. [v]  eat intermittently; take small bites of; "He pieced at the sandwich all morning"; "She never eats a full meal--she just picks at the food"
  5. [v]  bite off very small pieces; "She nibbled on her cracker"

NIBBLE is a 6 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: munch, nybble, pick, piece
 Antonyms: binge, englut, engorge, glut, gorge, gormandise, gormandize, gourmandize, ingurgitate, overeat, overgorge, overindulge, pig out, satiate, scarf out, stuff
 See Also: bite, bite, byte, chomp, computer memory unit, eat, seize with teeth



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Nib"ble\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Nibbled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Nibbling}.] [Cf. {Nip}.]
    To bite by little at a time; to seize gently with the mouth;
    to eat slowly or in small bits.
          Thy turfy mountains, where live nibbling sheep. --Shak.
  2. \Nib"ble\, v. t.
    To bite upon something gently or cautiously; to eat a little
    of a thing, as by taking small bits cautiously; as, fishes
    nibble at the bait.
          Instead of returning a full answer to my book, he
          manifestly falls a-nibbling at one single passage.
  3. \Nib"ble\, n.
    A small or cautious bite.
Computing Dictionary

/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/.

Thesaurus Terms
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