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[n] small sharp biting
[n] a small drink
[n] a tart spiciness
[n] a person of Japanese descent
[n] a small drink of liquor; "he poured a shot of whiskey"
[v] give a small sharp bite to; "The Queen's corgies always nip at her staff's ankles"
[v] sever or remove by pinching or snipping; "nip off the flowers"
[v] squeeze tightly between the fingers; "He pinched her behind"; "She squeezed the bottle"

Misc. Definitions

\Nip\, n. [LG. & D. nippen to sip; akin to Dan. nippe, G. nippen.] A sip or small draught; esp., a draught of intoxicating liquor; a dram.
\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.
\Nip\, n.
1. A seizing or closing in upon; a pinching; as, in the northern seas, the nip of masses of ice.
2. A pinch with the nails or teeth.
3. A small cut, or a cutting off the end.
4. A blast; a killing of the ends of plants by frost.
5. A biting sarcasm; a taunt. --Latimer.
6. (Naut.) A short turn in a rope. {Nip and tuck}, a phrase signifying equality in a contest. [Low, U.S.]

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