a small byte
bite off very small pieces
"She nibbled on her cracker"
"The woman tenderly nibbled at her baby's ear"
nibble, pick, piece(verb)
eat intermittently; take small bites of
"He pieced at the sandwich all morning"; "She never eats a full meal--she just nibbles"
Hence: (Fig.) An expression of interest, often tentative, as at the beginning of a sale or negotiation process.
A unit of memory equal to half a byte, or four bits.
Origin: Perhaps from nibbeln.
to bite by little at a time; to seize gently with the mouth; to eat slowly or in small bits
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
a small or cautious bite
Origin: [Cf. Nip.]
In computing, a nibble is a four-bit aggregation, or half an octet. As a nibble contains 4 bits, there are sixteen possible values, so a nibble corresponds to a single hexadecimal digit. A full byte is represented by two hexadecimal digits; therefore, it is common to display a byte of information as two nibbles. The nibble is often called a "semioctet" or a "quartet" in a networking or telecommunication context. Sometimes the set of all 256 byte values is represented as a table 16×16, which gives easily readable hexadecimal codes for each value.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
nib′l, v.t. to bite by small bits: to eat by little at a time.—v.i. to bite gently: to find fault.—n. act of nibbling: a little bit.—ns. Nibb′ler; Nibb′ling.—adv. Nibb′lingly. [Freq. of nip.]
The numerical value of Nibble in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of Nibble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The S&P has had five down days in a row and a lot of people are starting to nibble.
My suspicion is that you are seeing institutions nibble at extremely compressed valuations, the bottom line is, if you are ending the session with a positive trend, that tends to give the impression that there are buyers out there.
Historically, the KGB has always tried to influence and destabilize events all around the world. The explicitly stated goal of the Soviet Union was world communism organized in a Soviet-like system. Therefore, anything that could destabilize free and democratic nations was fair game. The KGB were champions in the game of 'fake news,' which was called 'disinformation' in the old days. While Russia's goals are not as ambitious as those of the Soviet Union, it is quite clear that the Russian leadership desperately wants to re-establish a strong Russia, on par with the United States. Therefore, anything that helps destabilize the US and other Western countries, anything that turns the focus of those countries inward rather than at the real outward threats would benefit Russia. In my view, it is not possible for a foreign nation to have a significant impact on the outcome of elections in this country. Try as they might, all they will be able to do is nibble around the edges.
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Translations for Nibble
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- okusovat, ohlodávat, hlodatCzech
- Nibble, knabbernGerman
- περιτρώγω, μεζεδάκια, τσιμπολόγημα, ημιψηφιόλεξη, μεζέδες, ροκανίζω, τσιμπολογώGreek
- comiscar, comisquear, picotearSpanish
- naksu, näykkäistä, näykkäisy, puolitavu, näykkiäFinnish
- quartet, semioctet, tétrade, nibble, grignoterFrench
- criomScottish Gaelic
- falat, majszolHungarian
- rosicare, mordicchiare, boccone, unità di 4 bit, morso, semibyte, morsetto, bocconcino, stuzzichino, rosicchiareItalian
- tongi, kōhonihoni, kai whakapītaitaiMāori
- knabbelen, nibbleDutch
- mordiscar, mordisco, beliscadaPortuguese
- грызть, ниббл, полубайтRussian
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