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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Nip  \Nip\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Nipped},  less  properly  {Nipt}; 
  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Nipping}.]  [OE.  nipen;  cf  D.  niipen  to 
  pinch,  also  knippen  to  nip,  clip,  pinch,  snap,  knijpen  to 
  pinch,  LG  knipen  G.  kneipen  kneifen  to  pinch,  cut  off 
  nip,  Lith.  knebti.] 
  1.  To  catch  and  inclose  or  compress  tightly  between  two 
  surfaces,  or  points  which  are  brought  together  or  closed; 
  to  pinch;  to  close  in  upon 
 
  May  this  hard  earth  cleave  to  the  Nadir  hell,  Down 
  down  and  close  again  and  nip  me  flat,  If  I  be  such 
  a  traitress.  --Tennyson. 
 
  2.  To  remove  by  pinching,  biting,  or  cutting  with  two  meeting 
  edges  of  anything  to  clip. 
 
  The  small  shoots  .  .  .  must  be  nipped  off 
  --Mortimer. 
 
  3.  Hence:  To  blast,  as  by  frost;  to  check  the  growth  or  vigor 
  of  to  destroy. 
 
  4.  To  vex  or  pain,  as  by  nipping;  hence  to  taunt. 
 
  And  sharp  remorse  his  heart  did  prick  and  nip. 
  --Spenser. 
 
  {To  nip  in  the  bud},  to  cut  off  at  the  verycommencement  of 
  growth;  to  kill  in  the  incipient  stage. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Nipping  \Nip"ping\,  a. 
  Biting;  pinching;  painful;  destructive;  as  a  nipping  frost; 
  a  nipping  wind. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  nipping 
  adj  1:  capable  of  wounding;  "a  barbed  compliment";  "a  biting 
  aphorism";  "pungent  satire"  [syn:  {barbed},  {biting}, 
  {pungent}] 
  2:  pleasantly  cold  and  invigorating;  "crisp  clear  nights  and 
  frosty  mornings";  "a  nipping  wind";  "a  nippy  fall  day"; 
  "snappy  weather";  (`parky'  is  a  British  term)  [syn:  {crisp}, 
  {frosty},  {nippy},  {snappy},  {parky}] 




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