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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fiber  \Fi"ber\,  Fibre  \Fi"bre\,,  n.  [F.  fibre,  L.  fibra.] 
  1.  One  of  the  delicate,  threadlike  portions  of  which  the 
  tissues  of  plants  and  animals  are  in  part  constituted;  as 
  the  fiber  of  flax  or  of  muscle. 
 
  2.  Any  fine,  slender  thread,  or  threadlike  substance;  as  a 
  fiber  of  spun  glass;  especially,  one  of  the  slender 
  rootlets  of  a  plant. 
 
  3.  Sinew;  strength;  toughness;  as  a  man  of  real  fiber. 
 
  Yet  had  no  fibers  in  him  nor  no  force.  --Chapman. 
 
  4.  A  general  name  for  the  raw  material,  such  as  cotton,  flax, 
  hemp,  etc.,  used  in  textile  manufactures. 
 
  {Fiber  gun},  a  kind  of  steam  gun  for  converting,  wood,  straw, 
  etc.,  into  fiber.  The  material  is  shut  up  in  the  gun  with 
  steam,  air,  or  gas  at  a  very  high  pressure  which  is 
  afterward  relieved  suddenly  by  letting  a  lid  at  the  muzzle 
  fly  open  when  the  rapid  expansion  separates  the  fibers. 
 
 
  {Fiber  plants}  (Bot.),  plants  capable  of  yielding  fiber 
  useful  in  the  arts,  as  hemp,  flax,  ramie,  agave,  etc 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fiber 
  n  1:  a  slender  and  greatly  elongated  solid  substance  [syn:  {fibre}] 
  2:  the  inherent  complex  of  attributes  that  determine  a  persons 
  moral  and  ethical  actions  and  reactions:  "educaton  has  for 
  its  object  the  formation  of  character"-  Herbert  Spencer 
  [syn:  {character},  {fibre}] 
  3:  a  leatherlike  material  made  by  compressing  layers  of  paper 
  or  cloth  [syn:  {fibre},  {vulcanized  fiber}] 




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