nibble

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Perhaps from Middle Low German nibbelen (to gnaw).

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NounEdit

nibble (plural nibbles)

  1. A small, quick bite taken with the front teeth.
  2. (in the plural, nibbles) Small snacks such as crisps/potato chips or nuts, often eaten to accompany drinks.
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VerbEdit

nibble (third-person singular simple present nibbles, present participle nibbling, simple past and past participle nibbled)

  1. (transitive) To eat with small, quick bites.
    The rabbit nibbled the lettuce.
  2. (transitive) To bite lightly.
    He nibbled at my neck and made me shiver.
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Etymology 2Edit

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From nibble, punning on the homophony of byte and bite

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NounEdit

nibble (plural nibbles)

  1. (computing) A unit of memory equal to half a byte, or four bits.[1]
    • 1993, Richard E. Haskell, Introduction to computer engineering (page 287)
      That is, the lower nibble (the 4 bits 1010 = A) has been masked to zero.
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  1. ^ http://foldoc.org/nibble
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