• Jack be nimble
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj nimble moving quickly and lightly "sleek and agile as a gymnast","as nimble as a deer","nimble fingers","quick of foot","the old dog was so spry it was halfway up the stairs before we could stop it"
    • adj nimble mentally quick "an agile mind","nimble wits"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Nimble nĭm"b'l Light and quick in motion; moving with ease and celerity; lively; swift.Nimble is sometimes used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, nimble-footed, nimble-pinioned, nimble-winged, etc. "Through the mid seas the nimble pinnace sails."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • nimble Light and quick in motion; active; moving with ease and celerity; marked by ease and rapidity of motion; lively; swift.
    • nimble Keen; sharp.
    • nimble Quick to apprehend; apprehensive; acute; penetrating.
    • nimble Synonyms Light, brisk, expeditious, speedy, spry; Nimble, Agile. The last two words express lightness and quickness in motion, the former being more suggestive of the use of the feet, the latter of that of the whole lower limbs.
    • nimble Fresh or strong: applied to tanliquor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Nimble nim′bl light and quick in motion: active: swift
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Youth is full of sport, age's breath is short; youth is nimble, age is lame; Youth is hot and bold, age is weak and cold; Youth is wild, and age is tame.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “Haste and rashness are storms and tempests, breaking and wrecking business; but nimbleness is a full, fair wind, blowing it with speed to the heaven.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Nimble thought can jump both sea and land.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. nimel, prob. orig., quick at seizing, fr. nimen, to take, AS. niman,; akin to D. nemen, G. nehmen, OHG. neman, Icel. nema, Goth. nima, and prob. to Gr. ne`mein to distribute. √ 7. Cf. Nomand Numb
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. nimel—A.S. niman, to catch; cf. Ger. nehmen.


In literature:

At any rate, if he himself felt rather word-bound, the fountain was nimble and entertaining.
"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" by H. G. Wells
The horses were not large, nor in good case, yet they appeared to be nimble and well broken.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 12" by Robert Kerr
So pleased and relieved was he, that he skipped about like a young and nimble goat.
"African Camp Fires" by Stewart Edward White
But the Golden Touch was too nimble for him.
"The Children's Hour, Volume 3 (of 10)" by Various
Thus as Siegfried leaped nimbly to the ground, the dragon fell back dead.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
Was he surprised for once into open discomfiture, or was his nimble wit engaged in framing a plausible answer?
"One Man in His Time" by Ellen Glasgow
But the nimble Greek was already out of sight, and heroism became a necessity.
"A Friend of Caesar" by William Stearns Davis
Mr. Bodge retreated as nimbly as a man with a peg-leg could be expected to move.
"The Skipper and the Skipped" by Holman Day
Then, impishly, she faced him, buttoning it with nimble fingers the while.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Nimble' because he is so lively.
"A Man for the Ages" by Irving Bacheller
Nimble Jim only can grow!
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, Nov 1877-Nov 1878" by Various
To that boy a name was given, and he was called Thorleik; he was early a very fine lad, and a right nimble one.
"Laxdæla Saga" by Anonymous
One squad climbed nimbly up the ridge to the left.
"In the Field (1914-1915)" by Marcel Dupont
These seeming monstrosities, frightful in their ugliness, move about quite nimbly, and are boldly impudent to a degree approaching sublimity.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
His eyes were fastened steadily on the nimble brown fingers of the dealer.
"Steve Yeager" by William MacLeod Raine
The fourth leapt a pace back as nimbly as a panther, and swung up a short, broad, heavy sword.
"Jack Haydon's Quest" by John Finnemore
Then, like an arrow, a nimble little figure flew past him.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
Tinker hopped round him as nimbly as a tomtit or a jackdaw, and presently gave him another little taste of his steel.
"Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks" by Bracebridge Hemyng
They ran nimbly, as men used to swaying decks, and compassed the distance in a few strides.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
She then rose up and fled as nimble as a deer.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry

In poetry:

Unseen or felt by any one,
Until this scholar shut
This nimble youth into a box,
Wherein his pins he put.
"The Life And Death Of Tom Thumb" by Anonymous British
They spread in air Their bosoms fair;
Their verdant tresses pour behind;
The billows beat With nimble feet;
With notes triumphant swell the wind.
"Ocean: An Ode. Concluding With A Wish." by Edward Young
And when she prunes her wings for flight,
And flutters nimbly from my sight,
Contented I resign
Whate'er she gave; thy love alone
I can securely call my own,
Happy while that is mine.
"See Where The Thames, The Purest Stream" by William Cowper
That none beguiled be by Time's quick flowing,
Lovers have in their hearts a clock still going;
For, though Time be nimble, his motions
Are quicker
Are thicker
Where Love hath his notions.
"The Lover's Clock" by John Suckling
Little trotty wagtail, you nimble all about,
And in the dimpling water-pudge you waddle in and out;
Your home is nigh at hand, and in the warm pig-stye,
So, little Master Wagtail, I'll bid you a good-bye.
"Little Trotty Wagtail" by John Clare
Sing not, my Orpheus, sweeping oft the tuneful strings,
Of gliding streams and nimble winds and such poor things;
But lend your measures to a theme of noble thought,
And crown with laurel these great heroes, as you ought.
"At The Ball Game" by Roswell Martin Field

In news:

Hyundai's HL730-9 wheel loader most nimble in 9 series.
Technology--electronic of chemical--is an unquenchable wildfire of ideas, nurtured by nimble minds, feeding on itself the way oxygen fuels flames.
" Among nimble new T-shirt mottos at online purveyor "Repeal ObamaChair," "Empty chair = Empty Sui...
Nimble & HootSuite Announce Integration.
Nimble approach fuels Lipscomb's growth in both programs and students.
After years of 'pushing water uphill,' Emmis now nimble .
Governments Can Be Nimble .
Al-Qaeda in Yemen still nimble .
New and nimble tops older and slower.
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes.
Debut author Auxier spins a lively, magical adventure led by 10-year-old Peter Nimble , a blind orphan and "the greatest thief who ever lived".
Janet Harris Says Small Can Be Beautiful – And More Nimble .
'Deadliest Warrior' stays nimble to win viewers.
Google Grows, and Works to Retain Nimble Minds.
Docs can be ' nimble ' with new EMR for the iPad.

In science:

Maluf, D. A. & Bell, D. & Ashish, N. & Knight, C & Tran, P. B., (2005) “Semi-Structured Data Management in the Enterprise: A Nimble, High-Throughput, and Scalable Approach”, Proceedings of the 9th International Database Engineering & Application Symposium (IDEAS’05), pp.115-124.
Prototype for Extended XDB Using Wiki
Another quick shift, this time to a shared physical mapping framing S4 still insists on a justification more in line with her physical mapping framing. She begins the next chunk of transcript with another reframing objection. S5 responds by nimbly dropping his calculation framing and adopting physical mapping himself.
Analyzing Problem Solving Using Math in Physics: Epistemological Framing via Warrants
This limitation renders these analyses less nimble than analyses using the template method.
Top Quark Physics at the Tevatron
It is confusing because it is added in momentum space, whereas the physical cutoff is in frequency space, to reflect the retardation effects expected from relatively sluggish phonons interacting with nimble electrons.
The polaron-like nature of an electron coupled to phonons
The nimble type inferencer for common lisp-84.
Julia: A Fast Dynamic Language for Technical Computing