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Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
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English

Part or all of this page has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Middle English nippen "a small sip".

Noun

Singular
nip

Plural
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  1. A small quantity of something edible or a potable liquor.
    "I'll just take a nip of that cake."
    "He had a nip of whiskey."
Synonyms

Etymology 2

Diminutive of nipple.

Noun

Singular
nip

Plural
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  1. (vulgar) A nipple, usually of a woman.

Etymology 3

Old English nipen. Cognate with Danish niipen "to pinch", knippen "to nip, clip, pinch, or snap", knijpen "to pinch"; Low German knipen; German kneipen and kneifen, "to pinch, cut off, nip"; Lithuanian knebti.

Noun

Singular
nip

Plural
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  1. A playful bite.
    The puppy gave his owner’s finger a nip.
  2. A pinch with the nails or teeth; origin of the idiom to nip in the bud.
  3. Briskly cold weather.
    There is a nip in the air. It is nippy outside.
  4. A seizing or closing in upon; a pinching; as, in the northern seas, the nip of masses of ice.
  5. A small cut, or a cutting off the end.
  6. A blast; a killing of the ends of plants by frost.
  7. A biting sarcasm; a taunt. (Latimer.)
  8. (nautical) A short turn in a rope. Nip and tuck, a phrase signifying equality in a contest. [Low, U.S.]

Etymology 4

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Verb

Infinitive
to nip

Third person singular
nip

Simple past
ing

Past participle
-

Present participle
p

to nip (third-person singular simple present nip, present participle p, simple past and past participle ing)
  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.
    quotations:
    • "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.
    quotations:
    • "The small shoots ... must be nipped off." — Mortimer.
  3. 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.
    quotations:
    • "And sharp remorse his heart did prick and nip." — Spenser
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Etymology 5

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Verb

Infinitive
to nip

Third person singular
nip

Simple past
ing

Past participle
-

Present participle
p

to nip (third-person singular simple present nip, present participle p, simple past and past participle ing)
  1. To make a quick, short journey or errand; usually roundtrip.
    • "Why don’t you nip down to the grocer’s for some milk?"

Albanian

Noun

nip m.

  1. nephew

Korean

Noun

nip (Revised Romanization of , )

  1. (): mouth, lips; entrance
  2. (): leaf

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