Dine vs Nibble - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between dine and nibble
is that dine
is while nibble
is a small, quick bite taken with the front teeth or nibble
can be (computing) a unit of memory equal to half a byte, or four bits
As a verb nibble is
to eat with small, quick bites.
to eat; to eat dinner or supper
(obsolete) To give a dinner to; to furnish with the chief meal; to feed.
(obsolete) To dine upon; to have to eat.
- A table massive enough to have dined Johnnie Armstrong and his merry men. — Sir Walter Scott.
- What wol ye dine ? — Chaucer.
Perhaps from (etyl) .
A small, quick bite taken with the front teeth.
(in the plural, nibbles) Small snacks such as crisps/potato chips or nuts, often eaten to accompany drinks.
To eat with small, quick bites.
* 2 November 2014 , Alex James in (The Guardian),
- The rabbit nibbled the lettuce.
The day I came face-to-face with a tiger
*:Giant parrots nibbled seed from the children's fingertips and my sister peeled a couple of satsumas for the lemurs.
* 1911 , (Rudyard Kipling), Big Steamers
*:"For the bread that you eat and the biscuits you nibble ,
*:The sweets that you suck and the joints that you carve,
*:They are brought to you daily by all us Big Steamers--
*:And if anyone hinders our coming you'll starve!"
To bite lightly.
To consume gradually.
* 11 May 2011 , Ann Carrns in The (New York Times),
- He nibbled at my neck and made me shiver.
Prepaid Cards Subject Jobless to Host of Fees
*:A report out this week from the National Consumer Law Center lays out a host of ways in which banks nibble away at jobless benefits with fees the center called “junk.”
From nibble', punning on the homophony of '''byte''' and ' bite
(computing) A unit of memory equal to half a byte, or four bits.
* 1993 , Richard E. Haskell, Introduction to computer engineering (page 287)
- That is, the lower nibble (the 4 bits 1010 = A) has been masked to zero.