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nibble

A four-bit aggregation of digital information, playfully named because it is half the de facto size of a byte. Sometimes spelled as "nybble" to reflect the spelling of "byte." The compression system packs an item of information into one nibble of a byte while the other nibble is set as a destination flag. I've written a script that cycles through and replaces corrupted nybbles.

nibble (away) at (something)

1. Literally, to eat something at a slow pace and in small bites. I wonder if Mary isn't feeling well—she only nibbled at her dinner. He sat on the bench, happily nibbling away at his cookie.
2. To erode something in small increments over time. Corrosion has been nibbling away at the hull of my boat for the past few years.
3. To bite something very softly so as not to break the surface. He started nibbling at my elbows, thinking it would turn me on.
See also: nibble

nibble (away) on (something)

1. Literally, to eat something at a slow pace and in small bites. I wonder if Mary isn't feeling well—she only nibbled on her dinner. He sat on the bench, happily nibbling away on his cookie.
2. To bite something very softly so as not to break the surface. He started nibbling on my elbows, thinking it would turn me on.
See also: nibble, on

nibble at something

to take tiny bites of some kind of food. The children nibbled at their dinner because they had eaten too much candy. Stop nibbling at that candy.
See also: nibble

nibble away at something

to eat at something in tiny bits; to erode away tiny bits of something. The waves nibbled away at the base of the cliff, year after year. The mice nibbled away at the huge wheel of cheese.
See also: away, nibble

nibble at

v.
1. To eat something by taking small bites: The mice have been nibbling at the curtains.
2. To eat a small amount of something, especially unenthusiastically: She only nibbled at her peas.
3. To bite something but not break the surface; nip at something: My date nibbled at my ear during the movie.
See also: nibble

nibble on

v.
1. To eat something by taking small, quick bites, often as a snack or a light meal: Dinner wasn't for another two hours, so I nibbled on some potato chips. The rabbit nibbled on a carrot.
2. To bite something but not break the surface: Nervously, I nibbled on my pencil's eraser during the test.
See also: nibble, on

nibble

1. n. a cautious or preliminary response to something. (see also nybble.) My advertisement got three nibbles this morning.
2. in. to reply cautiously or tentatively to something. I hope someone who wants to buy my car nibbles at the description I posted on the Internet.
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Despite being unprepared and having no plan - her words not mine - Nibble seems to be a success, with designs on opening later and offering alcohol in the evenings.
I, too, want to pass on the right side of the shepherd and nibble my way into heaven, but I also want to cavort with the goats on the hillside.
The Christmas Mouse It all seemed quiet In the Jarvis house The parents were asleep From baby Alex not even peep Then from a corner, came a little squeak The Christmas mouse was wide awake Thought he'd have a nibble At the Xmas cake Searching the kitchen No cake to be found Safely in the cupboard Out of bounds What could he eat this Christmas Night Squeezing under the dining room door He looked for crumbs left on the floor Not a crumb, not a nibble in sight Climbing onto a chair He could not help but stare On the table left on a plate A mince pie and a piece of Xmas cake Edging closer he looked around Thought he'd heard a sound Jumping down from the chair Big Boots crossed the floor He nearly got squashed Behind the door Looking up, all he could see Was a man in a red suit Eating his tea.
This scrumptious Gourmet Goodies Hamper, PS40, from Dobbies, includes everything you need for a naughty nibble, from chocolate and chutney to cava and cake.
"Instead of knocking back coffee, I have a little nibble on a little bit of chilli and a lot of cultures have a little bit of chilli in the morning, it just gets you going."
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"They don't have teeth, they nibble on your dead skin and they clean your feet, infectious enzyme, which makes your feet smooth and it also takes care of any discolouration on the feet.
What they say Garra Rufa fish, otherwise known as Doctor Fish, Nibble Fish and Little Dermatologists, are tiny fish used widely in feet therapy in China and South East Asia to remove dead skin and help with skin complaints.
A NIBBLE on a mince pie is one of the joys of Christmas - but it'll take more than a nibble for a pie made in Denbigh to disappear.
Cowboy Trout should be considered "must" reading for anyone who ever threw in a line off the back of their boat, waded hip deep in a stream, or just sat on a river bank and waited for a nibble.
The spiny grazers nibble on the kelp holdfasts, or the strands that anchor the seaweed to the seafloor.
Sport-fishing isn't just a tiny, harmless nibble on saltwater-fish populations, according to a new analysis of federal data.
Most Mother's Day gifts include two things: the requisite bunch of flowers and something sweet to nibble on.
Now the deer nibble many kinds of twigs and the needles of some evergreen trees.