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The Universal Dictionary

nibble

['nɪbl] брит. / амер.

  1. гл.

      1. грызть; обгрызать; щипать (траву)

      2. откусывать, есть маленькими кусочками

    1. постепенно отнимать, отбирать, разрушать

    2. клевать (о рыбах)

    3. (nibble at) не решаться, колебаться, осторожничать

    4. (nibble at) критиковать, придираться к (кому-л. / чему-л.)

    5. разг. своровать, стянуть

  2. сущ.

    1. обгрызание; откусывание; щипание

    2. клевание, клёв

    3. осторожный подход; колебание, прощупывание почвы

    4. небольшое количество, кусочек

    5. подножный корм

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nibble

['nɪbl]

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грызть; откусывать

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“I have missed you so much,” she murmured in his ear, then leaned close to nibble at his lobe.
— Я так скучала, — пробормотала она, склоняясь над Роландом и стараясь укусить его за мочку уха.
Stross, Charles / The Family TradeСтросс, Чарльз / Семейное дело
Семейное дело
Стросс, Чарльз
The Family Trade
Stross, Charles
© 2004 by Charles Stross
"They'd nibble an' they'd nibble," said Lennie, "the way they do.
- А они будут есть! - сказал Ленни.
Steinbeck, John / Of Mice and MenСтейнбек, Джон / О мышах и людях
О мышах и людях
Стейнбек, Джон
© Издательство "Правда", 1989
Of Mice and Men
Steinbeck, John
© John Steinbeck, 1937
© renewed John Steinbeck, 1965
"But that would just nibble the edges.
- Но все это капля в море.
Bradbury, Ray / Fahrenheit 451Брэдбери, Рэй / 451 градус по Фаренгейту
451 градус по Фаренгейту
Брэдбери, Рэй
© Издательство "Радуга", 1989
Fahrenheit 451
Bradbury, Ray
© 1953 by Ray Bradbury
Untiring, enduring, obedient, whatever you might put him to; and costing nothing for his keep; he'd be ready to nibble at the ground under his feet if there was nothing else.
Неутомимый, выносливый, куда хошь его поверни, безответный; а прокормить его ничего не стоит: коли нет ничего другого, землю под собой глодает.
Тургенев, И.С. / Записки охотника т.2Turgenev, I.S. / A Sportsman's Sketches v.2
A Sportsman's Sketches v.2
Turgenev, I.S.
© 2006 BiblioBazaar
Записки охотника т.2
Тургенев, И.С.
© Издательство "Художественная литература", 1975
Th child nibbled conversation the way a mouse nibble a cheese-rind, and what she couldn't eat, she stored away.
Этот ребенок смаковал разговоры, как мышка смакует кусочек сыра, а то, что не, может съесть, откладывает в загашник.
King, Stephen / Dolores ClaiborneКинг, Стивен / Долорес Клэйборн
Долорес Клэйборн
Кинг, Стивен
© Copyright Stephen King, 1993
© перевод с английского Е.Харитоновой, 1995
Dolores Claiborne
King, Stephen
© Copyright Stephen King, 1993
That was where she wished she were, in a quiet forest, sheltered among the trees, with her mother, the both of them watching Betty nibble on tender shoots.
Именно там ей хотелось бы сейчас очутиться, в тихом родном лесу, вместе с матерью смотреть на Бетти, мирно пощипывающую молодые побеги…
Goodkind, Terry / The pillars of creationГудкайнд, Терри / Седьмое правило Волшебника: Столпы творения
Седьмое правило Волшебника: Столпы творения
Гудкайнд, Терри
© Теrry Goodkind, 2001
© Перевод Н.Романецкий, 2003
© ООО "Издательство ACT", 2003
The pillars of creation
Goodkind, Terry
© 2001 by Теrry Goodkind
And I ain’t even got a nibble.
И во рту со вчерашнего дня ни крошки не было.
Steinbeck, John / The Grapes of WrathСтейнбек, Джон / Гроздья гнева
Гроздья гнева
Стейнбек, Джон
© Издательство "Правда", 1989
The Grapes of Wrath
Steinbeck, John
© John Steinbeck, 1939
© renewed John Steinbeck, 1967
Luca seemed to believe she was fluttering her lashes; she accidentally hit him in the ribs with her elbow before he could nibble her ear.
Люка же, видимо, решил, что ее ресницы затрепетали по несколько иной причине. Посему, пока он не успел нежно потрепать ей ушко, женщина будто ненароком ткнула ему локтем под ребра.
Jordan, Robert / The Fires of HeavenДжордан, Роберт / Огни небес
Огни небес
Джордан, Роберт
The Fires of Heaven
Jordan, Robert
© 1993 by The Bandersnatch Group, Inc.
Swarms of fish lived near the bed to live near the oysters thrown back by the searching men and to nibble at the shining inner shells.
Рыбы косяками держались поблизости от этих мест, поблизости от раковин, брошенных ловцами жемчуга, и выедали мякоть, заключенную под блестящей гладью их створок.
Steinbeck, John / The PearlСтейнбек, Джон / Жемчужина
Жемчужина
Стейнбек, Джон
© Издательство "Художественная литература", 1977
The Pearl
Steinbeck, John
© John Steinbeck, 1945
© renewed Elaine Steinbeck, John Steinbeck IV and Thom Steinbeck, 1973
You hairless types might be able to keep going on a few nibbles now and then, but you don't run a mighty engine of destruction like yours truly on birdseed."
Вы, безволосые, конечно, можете обойтись малым, но такая могучая машина для уничтожения, как я, одними крошками питаться не может.
DeChancie, John / Castle PerilousДе Ченси, Джон / Замок Опасный
Замок Опасный
Де Ченси, Джон
Castle Perilous
DeChancie, John
© 1988 by John DeChancie
Panic nibbled at Jack.
Джека охватила паника.
Wilson, Paul Francis / HostsВилсон, Пол Фрэнсис / Пожиратели сознания
Пожиратели сознания
Вилсон, Пол Фрэнсис
Hosts
Wilson, Paul Francis
© 2001 by F. Paul Wilson
He sat down on the window still in the alcove and nibbled a bit of the elephant’s ear which grew in a box in the sun.
Он сел на подоконник в нише и принялся жевать бегонию, которая росла в ящике на солнце.
Mitchell, Margaret / Gone with the windМитчелл, Маргарет / Унесенные ветром. Том 2
Унесенные ветром. Том 2
Митчелл, Маргарет
© Перевод. Т. Кудрявцева, 1982
Gone with the wind
Mitchell, Margaret
© 1936 By Macmillan Publishing Company, a division of Macmillan. Inc
© renewed 1964 by Stephens Mitchell and Trust Compnay of Ceorgia as Executors of Margaret Mitchell Marsh.
© renewed by Stephens Mitchell
The meal service had gone faster than usual tonight. One reason was that due to the delayed takeoff, some passengers had eaten in the terminal and now, because of the lateness of the hour, they had either declined dinner or merely nibbled at it.
На этот раз ужин прошел быстрее обычного, отчасти потому, что из-за опоздания с отлетом многие пассажиры подкрепились в аэровокзале, и теперь, в этот поздний час, одни совсем отказались от еды, а другие лишь слегка поковыряли вилкой в тарелке.
Hailey, Arthur / AirportХейли, Артур / Аэропорт
Аэропорт
Хейли, Артур
© Издательство "Художественная литература", 1978
Airport
Hailey, Arthur
© 1968, 2000 by Arthur Hailey, Ltd.
He drank a great deal, nibbled his sugar, and thought it all very amusing and original, and imagined that he was doing a clever imitation of a Russian merchant.
Пил он много, сахар кусал громко и думал, что всё это смешно и оригинально и что он отлично подражает купцам.
Чехов, А.П. / ИмениныChekhov, A. / The party
The party
Chekhov, A.
© 1999 by Random House, Inc.
Именины
Чехов, А.П.
© Издательство "Наука", 1974
Linda sat back down and began nibbling at a croissant. She looked thoughtful.
Линда снова села и с задумчивым видом принялась за круассан.
DeChancie, John / Castle WarДе Ченси, Джон / Замок Воинственный
Замок Воинственный
Де Ченси, Джон
Castle War
DeChancie, John
© 1990 by John DeChancie

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'nɪblVerbгрызть; обгрызать; щипатьExamples

The bases of the smaller trees were nibbled bare by rabbits. — Стволы небольших деревьев были начисто обглоданы кроликами.

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Collocations

nibble mode
режим слоговой выборки
nibble mode
слоговой режим
nibble mode
слоговый режим
nibble shears
вырубные ножницы
nibble shears
ножницы-кусачки
nibble-access mode memory
память со слоговым режимом доступа
nibble a little
поклевать
nibbled at
надкушенный
nibbled division
рассечение ткани по частям
nibbled almond
очищенный миндаль

Word forms

nibble

verb
Basic forms
Pastnibbled
Imperativenibble
Present Participle (Participle I)nibbling
Past Participle (Participle II)nibbled
Present Indefinite, Active Voice
I nibblewe nibble
you nibbleyou nibble
he/she/it nibblesthey nibble
Present Continuous, Active Voice
I am nibblingwe are nibbling
you are nibblingyou are nibbling
he/she/it is nibblingthey are nibbling
Present Perfect, Active Voice
I have nibbledwe have nibbled
you have nibbledyou have nibbled
he/she/it has nibbledthey have nibbled
Present Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I have been nibblingwe have been nibbling
you have been nibblingyou have been nibbling
he/she/it has been nibblingthey have been nibbling
Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I nibbledwe nibbled
you nibbledyou nibbled
he/she/it nibbledthey nibbled
Past Continuous, Active Voice
I was nibblingwe were nibbling
you were nibblingyou were nibbling
he/she/it was nibblingthey were nibbling
Past Perfect, Active Voice
I had nibbledwe had nibbled
you had nibbledyou had nibbled
he/she/it had nibbledthey had nibbled
Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I had been nibblingwe had been nibbling
you had been nibblingyou had been nibbling
he/she/it had been nibblingthey had been nibbling
Future Indefinite, Active Voice
I shall/will nibblewe shall/will nibble
you will nibbleyou will nibble
he/she/it will nibblethey will nibble
Future Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will be nibblingwe shall/will be nibbling
you will be nibblingyou will be nibbling
he/she/it will be nibblingthey will be nibbling
Future Perfect, Active Voice
I shall/will have nibbledwe shall/will have nibbled
you will have nibbledyou will have nibbled
he/she/it will have nibbledthey will have nibbled
Future Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will have been nibblingwe shall/will have been nibbling
you will have been nibblingyou will have been nibbling
he/she/it will have been nibblingthey will have been nibbling
Future in the Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I should/would nibblewe should/would nibble
you would nibbleyou would nibble
he/she/it would nibblethey would nibble
Future in the Past Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would be nibblingwe should/would be nibbling
you would be nibblingyou would be nibbling
he/she/it would be nibblingthey would be nibbling
Future in the Past Perfect, Active Voice
I should/would have nibbledwe should/would have nibbled
you would have nibbledyou would have nibbled
he/she/it would have nibbledthey would have nibbled
Future in the Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would have been nibblingwe should/would have been nibbling
you would have been nibblingyou would have been nibbling
he/she/it would have been nibblingthey would have been nibbling
Present Indefinite, Passive Voice
I am nibbledwe are nibbled
you are nibbledyou are nibbled
he/she/it is nibbledthey are nibbled
Present Continuous, Passive Voice
I am being nibbledwe are being nibbled
you are being nibbledyou are being nibbled
he/she/it is being nibbledthey are being nibbled
Present Perfect, Passive Voice
I have been nibbledwe have been nibbled
you have been nibbledyou have been nibbled
he/she/it has been nibbledthey have been nibbled
Past Indefinite, Passive Voice
I was nibbledwe were nibbled
you were nibbledyou were nibbled
he/she/it was nibbledthey were nibbled
Past Continuous, Passive Voice
I was being nibbledwe were being nibbled
you were being nibbledyou were being nibbled
he/she/it was being nibbledthey were being nibbled
Past Perfect, Passive Voice
I had been nibbledwe had been nibbled
you had been nibbledyou had been nibbled
he/she/it had been nibbledthey had been nibbled
Future Indefinite, Passive Voice
I shall/will be nibbledwe shall/will be nibbled
you will be nibbledyou will be nibbled
he/she/it will be nibbledthey will be nibbled
Future Perfect, Passive Voice
I shall/will have been nibbledwe shall/will have been nibbled
you will have been nibbledyou will have been nibbled
he/she/it will have been nibbledthey will have been nibbled

nibble

noun
SingularPlural
Common casenibblenibbles
Possessive casenibble'snibbles'