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Webster 1828 Edition


Fiber

FI'BER

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Noun.
[L. fibra.]
1.
A thread; a fine, slender body which constitutes a part of the frame of animals. Of fibers, some are soft and flexible; others more hard and elastic. Those that are soft are hollow, or spungy and full of little cells, as the nervous and fleshy. Some are so small as scarcely to be visible; others are larger and appear to be composed of still smaller fibers. These fibers constitute the substance of the bones, cartilages, ligaments, membranes, nerves, veins, arteries, and muscles.
2.
A filament or slender thread in plants or minerals; the small slender root of a plant.
3.
Any fine, slender thread.

Definition 2022


fiber

fiber

English

Alternative forms

  • fibre (chiefly British)

Noun

fiber (plural fibers) (US)

  1. (countable) A single elongated piece of a given material, roughly round in cross-section, often twisted with other fibers to form thread.
    The microscope showed a single blue fiber stuck to the sole of the shoe.
  2. (uncountable) A material in the form of fibers.
    The cloth is made from strange, somewhat rough fiber.
  3. (textiles) A material whose length is at least 1000 times its width.
    Please use polyester fiber for this shirt.
  4. Dietary fiber.
    Fresh vegetables are a good source of fiber
  5. (figuratively) Moral strength and resolve.
    The ordeal was a test of everyone's fiber.
  6. (mathematics) The preimage of a given point in the range of a map.
    Under this map, any two values in the fiber of a given point on the circle differ by 2π
  7. (category theory) Said to be of a morphism over a global element: The pullback of the said morphism along the said global element.
  8. (computing) A kind of lightweight thread of execution.

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Danish

Noun

fiber c (definite singular fiberen, indefinite plural fibre, definite plural fibrene)

  1. fibre (UK), fiber (US)

Latin

Etymology

From Proto-Indo-European *bʰébʰrus.

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈfi.ber/, [ˈfɪ.bɛr]

Noun

fiber m (genitive fibrī); second declension

  1. beaver

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Declension

Second declension, nominative singular in -er.

Case Singular Plural
nominative fiber fibrī
genitive fibrī fibrōrum
dative fibrō fibrīs
accusative fibrum fibrōs
ablative fibrō fibrīs
vocative fiber1 fibrī

1May also be fibre.

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Norwegian Bokmål

Noun

fiber m (definite singular fiberen, indefinite plural fibere or fibre or fibrer, definite plural fiberne or fibrene)

  1. fibre (UK), fiber (US)

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Norwegian Nynorsk

Noun

fiber m (definite singular fiberen, indefinite plural fibrar, definite plural fibrane)

  1. fibre (UK), fiber (US)

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Swedish

Noun

fiber c (definite singular fibern, indefinite plural fibrer, definite plural fibrerna)

  1. fibre (UK), fiber (US)