fibre

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fibre a leatherlike material made by compressing layers of paper or cloth
    • n fibre 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 fibre any of several elongated, threadlike cells (especially a muscle fiber or a nerve fiber)
    • n fibre a slender and greatly elongated substance capable of being spun into yarn
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The long fibres that are found in bananas are excellent in making paper. The long fibres that are found in the banana plant can make the banana fibre paper approximately 3000 times stronger than regular paper
    • Fibre A general name for the raw material, such as cotton, flax, hemp, etc., used in textile manufactures.
    • Fibre a leatherlike material made by compressing layers of paper or cloth.
    • Fibre Any fine, slender thread, or threadlike substance; as, a fiber of spun glass; especially, one of the slender rootlets of a plant.
    • Fibre 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.
    • Fibre (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.
    • Fibre 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: Everyday approximately 35 meters of hair fibre is produced on the scalp of an adult
    • n fibre See fiber, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Nylon is a man-made fibre that is made from coal and petroleum
    • n Fibre fī′bėr a conglomeration of thread-like tissue such as exists in animals or vegetables: any fine thread, or thread-like substance: material, substance
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Idioms

Moral fibre - Moral fibre is the inner strength to do what you believe to be right in difficult situations Example: He lacked the moral fibre to be leader (In American English the correct spelling is 'fiber'.)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. fibre, L. fibra,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. fibra, a thread.

Usage

In literature:

BICHAT has attributed to some fibres the power of active elongation.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
He also describes a machine for separating the seed from the fibre or lint.
"The Story of the Cotton Plant" by Frederick Wilkinson
It only hardened the fibre.
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray
The floor was strewn with rich rugs woven of some vegetable fibre.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
Their nests, which are placed upon the limbs of trees, are made of mosses and plant fibres covered with cobwebs.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
As they are made chiefly of fibre mixed with wool, they are not durable.
"Rugs: Oriental and Occidental, Antique & Modern" by Rosa Belle Holt
Without it the vegetable is no more than a woody fibre.
"Amaryllis at the Fair" by Richard Jefferies
She had just returned from a consultation with two matrons of the same stern fibre as herself.
"Officer 666" by Barton W. Currie
It filters and fibres your blood.
"Whitman" by John Burroughs
Her gentle mien, step, gestures, her grace of person and attire, moved some artist-fibres about his peasant heart.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
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In poetry:

When can the name of Marathon,
Fall powerless, on the soul;
Whilst thoughts of right, or injury, done,
Along its fibres, roll?
"Hallowed Ground" by James Avis Bartley
Yet hark - some fibre is o'erwrought
A giddying wine I quaff -
Things seem so odd, I can do naught
But laugh, and laugh, and laugh!
"The Conscript" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
"I would! For if the flesh of me and soul
Are fibred with the ages,
My triumph is of them and manifold
Of all life's mystic stages."
"The Strong Man To His Sires" by Cale Young Rice
The sun shone yester-morn;
I felt the glow down every fibre float,
And thought I heard a thrush's piping note
Of dim dream-gladness born.
"The Tree's Prayer" by George MacDonald
It was a sight that well might shake,
A little heart of stouter mould;
A sight, that made Cornelia quake,
And all her quivering fibres cold!
"The Stag" by William Hayley
One moment only, for the pick, uplifting,
Through root and fibre cleaves,
And on the muddy current slowly drifting
Are swept thy bruised leaves.
"The Mountain Heart's-Ease" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

One of the early benefits of Fibre Channel storage was the fact that its communications had extremely high performance.
"Peace Fibres" has the feel that the book itself has been stitched together with loving care, down to the last detail.
StoneFly 's Storage Concentrator allows Fibre Channel and iSCSI connectivity in one box.
PMC-Sierra launches 4G Fibre Channel products.
Infortrend Introduces Fibre Channel-to-SAS Subsystem .
Kelheim Fibres Develops Umberto Specialty Viscose Fiber.
Emerging markets and industry needs for fibre will outweigh traditional demands for paper.
Increasing populations and wealth will mean more fibre is needed, regardless of the reduction in traditional paper use.
The Extreme Sailing Series heads to the French Riviera, where the 40-foot carbon-fibre racing machines duel just metres.
Since last year it has acquired the U.K.'s largest retail tire seller, Kwik-Fit for USD 1 billion and a share of European pulp maker, Metsa Fibre OY for Euro 472 million.
Yarn Bomb Yukon is a Canadian art collective founded to "actively promote fibre arts through yarn bombing inanimate objects and offering workshops to the public".
The Dot Hill AssuredSAN 3000 Series offers support for 8Gb Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs).
So, how much is Google charging for this 1 Gps internet by fibre connection.
I don't know this last bit but suspect it to be true: the real cost wouldn't be laying the fibre and getting everyone connected.
Mark Poloncarz Sees bright future for Spaulding Fibre .
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In science:

Fibre modal noise occurs in high spectral resolution, high signal-to-noise applications.
Modal noise prediction in fibre-spectroscopy I: Visibility and the coherent model
The alphamotoneuron, its junctions and the muscle fibres it innervates, are collectively called a motor unit, MU.
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
If electrodes are inserted into the muscle they may record a sum of the fibre action potentials, whose waveform is called the motor unit action potential, MUAP.
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
Suppose the electrodes are aligned along the axis of the muscle fibres with a separation d.
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
The cable equation (2) allows for pulse-like waves (action potentials) in the fibre as was shown in the pioneering works by Hodgkin, Huxely and Katz (1954).
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
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