Hypertext Webster Gateway: "nip"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Nip \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.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Nip \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. --Tennyson.

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.

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

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a small drink of liquor; "he poured a shot of whiskey" [syn:
2: a person of Japanese descent [syn: {Jap}, {Nip}]
3: a tart spiciness [syn: {piquance}, {piquancy}, {tang}, {tanginess},
4: a small drink [syn: {sip}]
5: small sharp biting [syn: {pinch}]
v 1: squeeze tightly between the fingers; "He pinched her
behind"; "She squeezed the bottle" [syn: {pinch}, {vellicate},
{squeeze}, {twinge}, {tweet}, {twitch}]
2: give a small sharp bite to; "The Queen's corgies always nip
at her staff's ankles"
3: sever or remove by pinching or snipping; "nip off the
flowers" [syn: {nip off}, {clip}, {snip}, {snip off}]

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