A unit of measuring bits. One nibble is equal to four bits. In these days, with fancy schmancy thirty-two, sixty-four, and even one hundred and twenty-eight bit processors, people seem to forget the nibble and byte days of yore.

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.


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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. Tillotson.


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Nib"ble, n.

A small or cautious bite.

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