fiber

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fiber a leatherlike material made by compressing layers of paper or cloth
    • n fiber the inherent complex of attributes that determines a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions "education has for its object the formation of character"- Herbert Spencer"
    • n fiber any of several elongated, threadlike cells (especially a muscle fiber or a nerve fiber)
    • n fiber coarse, indigestible plant food low in nutrients; its bulk stimulates intestinal peristalsis
    • n fiber a slender and greatly elongated substance capable of being spun into yarn
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over half the textile fibers that are used in the world are cotton
    • Fiber A general name for the raw material, such as cotton, flax, hemp, etc., used in textile manufactures.
    • Fiber a leatherlike material made by compressing layers of paper or cloth.
    • Fiber Any fine, slender thread, or threadlike substance; as, a fiber of spun glass; especially, one of the slender rootlets of a plant.
    • Fiber 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.
    • Fiber (Nutrition) that portion of food composed of carbohydrates which are completely or partly indigestible, such as cellulose or pectin; it may be in an insoluble or a soluble form. It provides bulk to the solid waste and stimulates peristalsis in the intestine. It is found especially in grains, fruits, and vegetables. There is some medical evidence which indicates that diets high in fiber reduce the risk of colon cancer and reduce cholesterol levels in the blood. It is also called dietary fiber roughage, or bulk.
    • Fiber the inherent complex of attributes that determine a person's moral and ethical actions and reactions; sinew; strength; toughness; as, a man of real fiber . "Yet had no fibers in him, nor no force."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Researchers have developed odourless socks. The sock fabric is made by attaching molecules that contain chlorine called halamines to textile fibers
    • n fiber A thread or filament; any fine thread-like part of a substance, as a single natural filament of wool, cotton, silk, or asbestos, one of the slender terminal roots of a plant, a drawn-out thread of glass, etc.
    • n fiber In a collective sense, a filamentous substance; a conglomeration of thread-like tissue, such as exists in animals and plants generally; more generally, any animal, vegetable, or even mineral substance the constituent parts of which may be separated into or used to form threads for textile fabrics or the like: as, muscular or vegetable fiber; the fiber of wool; silk, cotton, or jute fiber; asbestos fiber.
    • n fiber Figuratively, sinew; strength: as, a man of fiber.
    • n fiber Material; stuff; quality; character.
    • n fiber Specifically In anatomy and zoology: A filament; a slender thread-like element, as of muscular or nervous tissue. Most tissues and structures of the body are composed of bundles of fibers. See cut under muscular.
    • n fiber Fibrous tissue in general.
    • n fiber very fine processes passing through and seeming to rivet together several concentric laminæ of bone-tissue; perforating fibers.
    • n fiber The specific name of the beaver, Castor fiber.
    • n fiber [capitalized] A genus of rodents, of the family Muridæ and subfamily Arvicolinæ, of which the type is the muskrat, musquash, or ondatra of North America, Fiber zibethicus, having a long scaly tail, vertically flattened, and large webbed hind feet. See muskrat.
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Quotations

  • E. M. Bounds
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    “Few persons are made of such strong fiber that they will make a costly outlay when surface work will pass as well in the market.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “The fibers of all things have their tension and are strained like the strings of an instrument.”
  • Jay Kordich
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    “Drinking freshly made juices and eating enough whole foods to provide adequate fiber is a sensible approach to a healthful diet.”
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
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    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel in order to be tough.”
  • Frank Crane
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    “Responsibility is the thing people dread most of all. Yet it is the one thing in the world that develops us, gives us manhood or womanhood fiber.”
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
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    “The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength, and the spiritual fiber of a nation than its wealth”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. fibre, L. fibra,

Usage

In literature:

We all knew that it was in hearts, souls, fiber.
"My Second Year of the War" by Frederick Palmer
Suzanna's every fiber responded.
"Suzanna Stirs the Fire" by Emily Calvin Blake
I watched it, with every fiber of my being revolting against such savagery, and the need for it.
"Raw Gold" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
His was another and more indomitable fiber.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
A rope-like withe of the fiber of the yucca, made quite fine, is wrapped with flat strips of the same plant.
"Illustrated Catalogue Of The Collections Obtained From The Indians Of New Mexico And Arizona In 1879" by James Stevenson
Normally this ensuing mind state should be in accordance with the extent of the injury to the nerve-cells and fibers.
"Applied Psychology for Nurses" by Mary F. Porter
It is from the liber that our most valuable commercial fibers are obtained.
"Scientific American, Volume 40, No. 13, March 29, 1879" by Various
Willie was angry through every fiber of his being.
"Flood Tide" by Sara Ware Bassett
Planchet was moved in all the sentiments which correspond to the fibers of propriety and self-love.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
This may be accomplished by mounting the articles on a piece of fiber board or plywood.
"The Science of Fingerprints" by Federal Bureau of Investigation
Fifteen years in the saddle had given him a toughness of fiber no city dweller could possibly equal.
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine
Here, too, she felt her mastery, but the slave was of another fiber.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
If you don't know that I'm telling you that with every nerve and fiber of my being, you deserve torture!
"The She Boss" by Arthur Preston Hankins
The woody fiber found in vegetables is most valuable.
"Vitality Supreme" by Bernarr Macfadden
At their base is a fiber, which is spun into excellent rope.
"Scientific American, Volume XXXVI., No. 8, February 24, 1877" by Various
The fiber used has probably been obtained from the inner bark of trees.
"Illustrated Catalogue of a Portion of the Collections Made" by William H. Holmes
The shoes, made of some odd fiber, didn't look like those of a cop, but this was Mars.
"Badge of Infamy" by Lester del Rey
Could asbestos fibers be used to replace the wire in a safety lamp?
"An Elementary Study of Chemistry" by William McPherson
It seemed to throb within us, as though vibration were communicating to every fiber of our bodies.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
In the seat of each lay a padded fiber cushion, and over the back was hung a small piece of embroidered cloth.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
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In poetry:

There is no cord, however strong,
That time will not its fibers rend,
Nor weary road, however long,
But constant march will find its end.
"Valedictory On Leaving San Francisco, California." by James Madison Bell
But of the oak long-perished, why
Is earth forever full?
For, like the loaf and fish supply,
Its stock of fiber, tough and dry,
Seems inexhaustible.
"The Charter Oak" by Hattie Howard
On the moose's horn like a falcon
Riding into battle into holy war against
Screaming railroad crews: will pull
Whole traplines like fibers from the snow
"For The Last Wolverine" by James Dickey
Let the squash be what it was doomed to be
By the old Gardener with the shrewd green thumb.
Let it expand and sprawl, defenceless, dumb.
But let me be the fiber-disciplined tree
"Squash In Blossom" by Robert Francis
Man – heart, body, soul, and spirit –
steel yourself, put on your armor:
mighty battles stand ahead.
Give yourself with every fiber,
lift your eyes to the horizon,
keep your ear tuned to the heavens.
"Man" by Eberhard Arnold
Two enter to tap her sight, a green pair
Fresh leaved out in vows: 'Come tell
How we shall do together,
Well or ill.' Gerd slants a look at each: most dear,
Each to the other; fit fiber for stern weather.
Slowly she spins the ball:
"Crystal Gazer" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

A proposal by GPCS Fiber Communications to run a fiber optic cable underwater from Fairhaven to Tisbury, via Woods Hole, is undergoing review by the US Army Corps of Engineers (ACE).
OWLink's DLI Fiber optic cable .
Clear the A/V Clutter with OWLink Transparent Fiber Optic Cable .
TOKYO (AP) — A group of six international companies, including Google, is building a $300 million underwater fiber-optic cable linking the United States and Japan.
Recognizing the need for improved SMPTE hybrid fiber-optic cabling and interconnects to support the growing demand for HD production, Gepco International is expanding its fiber production capabilities.
Fiber optics program could make for a "tech savvy" Ottumwa.
Architectural lighting specialist Lighting Technology Projects (LTP) has specified and supplied a fiber-optic lighting installation at the Transco Gas station building in the North London town of Swiss Cottage.
KTTN/KGOZ News: Fiber optics laying finishing up in Trenton.
An Independence company will be laying underground fiber optics cable in southern Trenton for the next several days.
I recall a statement from one Fiber optic tutorial.
Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis is connected directly to Level 3's advanced fiber-optic network, giving NBC the ability to acquire and broadcast the game without having to build or manage its own network.
Fiber Optics Coming to Colfax.
Fiber-Optics Exec by Day, Defender of Justice by Night.
Fiber optics a boon, from classroom to operating room.
In its first test of fiber optics , Anixter Levels Lab, Skokie, Ill.
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In science:

Eficass (Emulsion FIbers CAlorimeter and Spectrometer Simulation), contains a very detailed description of the detector geometry in the GEANT 3.21 framework.
MC generators in CHORUS
Young et al., “Radiation and Solvent Effects on WLS Fibers used with Liquid Scintil lators”, Proc. of the Int.
The CDF MiniPlug Calorimeters
Lefevre H, Fiber-Optic Gyroscopes, Artech House, 1993.
Random groups in the optical waveguides theory
Rashleigh S C, Origins and Control of Polarization Effects in Single-Mode Fibers, J.
Random groups in the optical waveguides theory
Noda J, Okamoto K and Sasaki Y, Polarization-Maintaining Fibers and Their Applications, J.
Random groups in the optical waveguides theory
Poole C D, Statistical Treatment of Polarization Dispersion in Single-Mode Fiber, Opt.
Random groups in the optical waveguides theory
Shangyuan H, Zongqi L and Weimin F, Analysis of the Degree of Polarization of Optical Waves in a Single-Mode Optical Fiber with Random Coupling, J.
Random groups in the optical waveguides theory
Change in Degree of Polarization of Nonmonochromatic Radiation Propagating through Single-Mode Fiber Optic Waveguide.
Random groups in the optical waveguides theory
Malykin G B, Pozdnyakova V I and Shereshevsky I A, Mathematical Simulation of Random Coupling between Polarization Modes in Single-Mode Fiber Waveguides: I.
Random groups in the optical waveguides theory
Malykin G B and Pozdnyakova V I, Mathematical Simulation of Random Coupling between Polarization Modes in Single-Mode Fiber Waveguides: II.
Random groups in the optical waveguides theory
Malykin G B and Pozdnyakova V I, Mathematical Simulation of Random Coupling between Polarization Modes in Single-Mode Fiber Waveguides: III.
Random groups in the optical waveguides theory
Malykin G B and Pozdnyakova V I, Mathematical Simulation of Random Coupling between Polarization Modes in Single-Mode Fiber Waveguides: IV.
Random groups in the optical waveguides theory
Methods in Math. Phys., Clausthal, Lecture Notes in Mathematics, LS-139, Springer, Berlin, 1978. Steenrod, N.E., Topology of Fiber Bundles, Princeton Univ.
Proper Time Foliations of Lorentz Manifolds
Fiber far-field radiation profiles with bestfit Gaussians and fit residuals.
Updated results on prototype chalcogenide fibers for 10-um wavefront spatial filtering
Fibers were attached to the far (from PMT’s) ends of the crystals.
LED Monitoring System for the BTeV Lead Tungstate Crystal Calorimeter Prototype
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