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Webster 1913 Edition


Nipple

Nip′ple

(nĭp′p’l)
,
Noun.
[Formerly
neble
, a dim. of
neb
. See
Neb
,
Nib
.]
1.
(Anat.)
The protuberance through which milk is drawn from the breast or mamma; the mammilla; a teat; a pap.
2.
The orifice at which any animal liquid, as the oil from an oil bag, is discharged.
[R.]
Derham.
3.
Any small projection or article in which there is an orifice for discharging a fluid, or for other purposes;
as, the
nipple
of a nursing bottle; the
nipple
of a percussion lock, or that part on which the cap is put and through which the fire passes to the charge.
4.
(Mech.)
A pipe fitting, consisting of a short piece of pipe, usually provided with a screw thread at each end, for connecting two other fittings.
Solder nipple
,
a short pipe, usually of brass, one end of which is tapered and adapted for attachment to the end of a lead pipe by soldering.

Webster 1828 Edition


Nipple

NIP'PLE

,
Noun.
1.
A teat; a dug; the spungy protuberance by which milk is drawn from the breasts of females.
2.
The orifice at which any animal liquor is separated.

Definition 2023


nipple

nipple

English

Alternative forms

  • neple, nypil (obsolete)

Noun

nipple (plural nipples)

  1. (anatomy) The projection of a mammary gland from which, on female mammals, milk is secreted.
  2. An artificial nipple (definition 1) used for bottle-feeding infants.
  3. A mechanical device through which liquids can be passed in a regulated manner.
  4. A short tube threaded at both ends, used as a connector.
    Turn the nipples on to the bicycle spokes only one turn, for each spoke on the new wheel all the way around until they are all snug, then check alignment.
  5. Any small physical protrusion, such as the lumps on the F and J keys on American keyboards.
  6. Any small physical protrusion on an automotive, a machine part or any other part that fits into a groove on another part.

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  • See also Wikisaurus:nipples
  • (mammary gland, artificial mammary gland): teat
  • (mammary gland): tit

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