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fibre definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a slender and greatly elongated substance capable of being spun into yarn [syn: fiber, fibre]
2: any of several elongated, threadlike cells (especially a muscle fiber or a nerve fiber) [syn: fiber, fibre]
3: the inherent complex of attributes that determines a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions; "education has for its object the formation of character"- Herbert Spencer [syn: character, fiber, fibre]
4: a leatherlike material made by compressing layers of paper or cloth [syn: fiber, fibre, vulcanized fiber]

Merriam Webster's

chiefly British variant of fiber

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (US fiber) 1 Biol. any of the threads or filaments forming animal or vegetable tissue and textile substances. 2 a piece of glass in the form of a thread. 3 a a substance formed of fibres. b a substance that can be spun, woven, or felted. 4 the structure, grain, or character of something (lacks moral fibre). 5 dietary material that is resistant to the action of digestive enzymes; roughage. Phrases and idioms: fibre optics optics employing thin glass fibres, usu. for the transmission of light, esp. modulated to carry signals. Derivatives: fibred adj. (also in comb.). fibreless adj. fibriform adj. Etymology: ME f. F f. L fibra

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Tampico fiber Tam*pi"co fi"ber or fibre fi"bre A tough vegetable fiber used as a substitute for bristles in making brushes. The piassava and the ixtle are both used under this name.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Fiber Fi"ber, Fibre Fi"bre,, n. [F. fibre, L. fibra.] 1. One of the delicate, threadlike portions of which the tissues of plants and animals are in part constituted; as, the fiber of flax or of muscle. 2. Any fine, slender thread, or threadlike substance; as, a fiber of spun glass; especially, one of the slender rootlets of a plant. 3. Sinew; strength; toughness; as, a man of real fiber. Yet had no fibers in him, nor no force. --Chapman. 4. A general name for the raw material, such as cotton, flax, hemp, etc., used in textile manufactures. Fiber gun, a kind of steam gun for converting, wood, straw, etc., into fiber. The material is shut up in the gun with steam, air, or gas at a very high pressure which is afterward relieved suddenly by letting a lid at the muzzle fly open, when the rapid expansion separates the fibers. Fiber plants (Bot.), plants capable of yielding fiber useful in the arts, as hemp, flax, ramie, agave, etc.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(fibres) Note: in AM, use 'fiber' 1. A fibre is a thin thread of a natural or artificial substance, especially one that is used to make cloth or rope. If you look at the paper under a microscope you will see the fibres. ...a variety of coloured fibres. N-COUNT 2. A particular fibre is a type of cloth or other material that is made from or consists of threads. The ball is made of rattan–a natural fibre. N-VAR 3. Fibre consists of the parts of plants or seeds that your body cannot digest. Fibre is useful because it makes food pass quickly through your body. Most vegetables contain fibre. 4. A fibre is a thin piece of flesh like a thread which connects nerve cells in your body or which muscles are made of. ...the nerve fibres. N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Filament, thread, staple, pile.

Moby Thesaurus

cast, character, composition, constitution, essence, fabric, filament, material, mould, nature, quality, strand, stripe, structure, substance, tendril, texture, thread


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