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2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fiber \Fi"ber\, Fibre \Fi"bre\,, noun [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. [WordNet sense 1]

3. 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. [WordNet sense 2]

Syn: character, fibre. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

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.

5. (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}. [PJC]

6. a leatherlike material made by compressing layers of paper or cloth. [WordNet sense 3]

Syn: fibre, vulcanized fiber. [WordNet 1.5]

{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) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

fiber

noun

1: a slender and greatly elongated substance capable of being spun into yarn [syn: {fiber}, {fibre}]

2: coarse, indigestible plant food low in nutrients; its bulk stimulates intestinal peristalsis [syn: {roughage}, {fiber}]

3: any of several elongated, threadlike cells (especially a muscle fiber or a nerve fiber) [syn: {fiber}, {fibre}]

4: 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 [syn: {character}, {fiber}, {fibre}]

5: a leatherlike material made by compressing layers of paper or cloth [syn: {fiber}, {fibre}, {vulcanized fiber}]

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