|v. t.||1.||To bite by little at a time; to seize gently with the mouth; to eat slowly or in small bits.|
|1.||To bite upon something gently or cautiously; to eat a little of a thing, as by taking small bits cautiously; |
|n.||1.||A small or cautious bite.|
|2.||An expression of interest, often tentative, as at the beginning of a sale or negotiation process.|
|Noun||1.||nibble - a small byte|
|2.||nibble - gentle biting|
|Verb||1.||nibble - bite off very small pieces; "She nibbled on her cracker"|
|2.||nibble - bite gently; "The woman tenderly nibbled at her baby's ear"|
|3.||nibble - eat intermittently; take small bites of; "He pieced at the sandwich all morning"; "She never eats a full meal--she just nibbles"|
|(data)||nibble - /nib'l/ (US "nybble", by analogy with "bite" -> "byte")
Half a byte. Since a byte is nearly always eight bits, a
nibble is nearly always four bits (and can therefore be
represented by one hex digit).|
Other size nibbles have existed, for example the BBC Microcomputer disk file system used eleven bit sector numbers which were described as one byte (eight bits) and a nibble (three bits).
Compare crumb, tayste, dynner; see also bit, nickle, deckle.
The spelling "nybble" is uncommon in Commonwealth Hackish as British orthography suggests the pronunciation /ni:'bl/.