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From earlier neple, nypil, neble, believed to be a diminutive of nib, neb (“tip, point”), equivalent to nib + -le. Compare Old English nypel (“elephant trunk”), formed analogously as "a protuberance from one's neb" .
nipple (plural nipples)
- (anatomy) The projection of a mammary gland from which, on female mammals, milk is secreted. [from 16th c.]
- A mechanical device through which liquids or gases can be passed in a regulated manner. [from 16th c.]
- An artificial nipple (definition 1) used for bottle-feeding infants. [from 17th c.]
- Synonym: teat
- Any small physical protrusion, such as the lumps on the F and J keys on computer keyboards.
- Any small physical protrusion on an automotive, a machine part or any other part that fits into a groove on another part.
- (now chiefly historical) A perforated segment that fits into part of the breech of a muzzle-loading gun, on which the percussion cap is fixed. [from 19th c.]
- 2013, Philipp Meyer, The Son, Simon & Schuster, published 2014, page 23:
- I could tell he didn't agree but he went to the corner and took up his squirrel gun, feeling the nipple for a percussion cap.
- (plumbing, chiefly US) A short tube threaded at both ends, used as a connector. [from 19th c.]
- (cycling) An internally threaded piece which holds a bicycle spoke in place on the rim. [from 20th c.]
- Turn the nipples on to the bicycle spokes only one turn, for each spoke on the new wheel all the way around until they are all snug, then check alignment.
- (computing, humorous) A pointing stick.
projection of mammary gland
device through which liquids or gases can be passed in a regulated manner
artificial nipple for bottle feeding
small protrusion on machinery that fits into a groove
short threaded connecting tube
piece to connect a bicycle spoke to the rim
- (transitive) To fit (a baby's bottle, etc.) with a nipple.
- (transitive) To give one's nipple to (a baby) to allow breastfeeding.