(Next), adv. In the time, place, or order nearest or immediately succeeding; as, this man follows
(||Nex"us) n. [L.] Connection; tie.
Man is doubtless one by some subtile nexus . . . extending from the new-born infant to the superannuated
(||Nez" Per`cés") pl.; sing. Nez PercÉ [F., pierced noses.] (Ethnol.) A tribe of Indians, mostly
(||Ngi"na) n. [Native name.] The gorilla.
(Ni*ag"a*ra pe"ri*od) (Geol.) A subdivision or the American Upper Silurian system, embracing
the Medina, Clinton, and Niagara epoch. The rocks of the Niagara epoch, mostly limestones, are extensively
distributed, and at Niagara Falls consist of about eighty feet of shale supporting a greater thickness of
limestone, which is gradually undermined by the removal of the shale. See Chart of Geology.
(Ni"as) n. [F. niais. See Eyas.] A young hawk; an eyas; hence, an unsophisticated person. [Obs.]
(Nib) n. [A variabt of neb.]
1. A small and pointed thing or part; a point; a prong. "The little nib or fructifying principle." Sir T. Browne.
2. (Zoöl.) The bill or beak of a bird; the neb.
3. The points of a pen; also, the pointed part of a pen; a short pen adapted for insertion in a holder.
4. One of the handles which project from a scythe snath; also, [Prov. Eng.], the shaft of a wagon.
(Nib), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nebbed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Nibbing.] To furnish with a nib; to point; to
mend the point of; as, to nib a pen.
(Nibbed) a. Having a nib or point.
(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.
(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.
(Nib"ble), n. A small or cautious bite.
(Nib"bler) n. One who, or that which, nibbles.
(Nib"bling*ly) adv. In a nibbling manner; cautiously.
(Nib"lick) n. A kind of golf stick used to lift the ball out of holes, ruts, etc.
(||Ni*ca"gua) n. (Zoöl.) The laughing falcon. See under laughing.
(Nic`a*ra"gua wood`) Brazil wood.