To nip in the bud, to cut off at the verycommencement of growth; to kill in the incipient stage.

(Nip), n.

1. A seizing or closing in upon; a pinching; as, in the northern seas, the nip of masses of ice.

2. A pinch with the nails or teeth.

3. A small cut, or a cutting off the end.

4. A blast; a killing of the ends of plants by frost.

5. A biting sarcasm; a taunt. Latimer.

6. (Naut.) A short turn in a rope.

Nip and tuck, a phrase signifying equality in a contest. [Low, U.S.]

Ninut to Nitrometer

(Nin"ut) n. (Zoöl.) The magpie. [Prov. Eng.]

(Ni"o*bate) n. [See Niobium.] (Chem.) Same as Columbate.

(Ni"o*be) n. [L. Nioba, Niobe, Gr. .] (Class, Myth.) The daughter of Tantalus, and wife of Amphion, king of Thebes. Her pride in her children provoked Apollo and Diana, who slew them all. Niobe herself was changed by the gods into stone.

(Ni*ob"ic) a. (Chem.) Same as Columbic.

(Ni"o*bite) n. (Min.) Same as Columbite.

(Ni*o"bi*um) n. [NL., fr. L. & E. Niobe.] (Chem.) A later name of columbium. See Columbium.

(Ni*o"po) n. A kind of snuff prepared by the natives of Venezuela from the roasted seeds of a leguminous tree thence called niopo tree.

(Nip) n. [LG. & D. nippen to sip; akin to Dan. nippe, G. nippen.] A sip or small draught; esp., a draught of intoxicating liquor; a dram.

(Nip), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nipped less properly Nipt; p. pr. & vb. n. Nipping ] [OE. nipen; cf. D. niipen to pinch, also knippen to nip, clip, pinch, snap, knijpen to pinch, LG. knipen, G. kneipen, kneifen, to pinch, cut off, nip, Lith. knebti.]

1. To catch and inclose or compress tightly between two surfaces, or points which are brought together or closed; to pinch; to close in upon.

May this hard earth cleave to the Nadir hell,
Down, down, and close again, and nip me flat,
If I be such a traitress.

2. To remove by pinching, biting, or cutting with two meeting edges of anything; to clip.

The small shoots . . . must be nipped off.

3. Hence: To blast, as by frost; to check the growth or vigor of; to destroy.

4. To vex or pain, as by nipping; hence, to taunt.

And sharp remorse his heart did prick and nip.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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