Definition of Fibre

1. Noun. A slender and greatly elongated substance capable of being spun into yarn.

2. Noun. Any of several elongated, threadlike cells (especially a muscle fiber or a nerve fiber).
Exact synonyms: Fiber
Generic synonyms: Cell
Specialized synonyms: Muscle Cell, Muscle Fiber, Muscle Fibre, Nerve Fiber, Nerve Fibre

3. Noun. The inherent complex of attributes that determines a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions. "Education has for its object the formation of character"
Exact synonyms: Character, Fiber
Generic synonyms: Trait
Group relationships: Personality
Specialized synonyms: Spirit
Terms within: Thoughtfulness, Responsibility, Responsibleness, Integrity

4. Noun. A leatherlike material made by compressing layers of paper or cloth.
Exact synonyms: Fiber, Vulcanized Fiber
Generic synonyms: Cloth, Fabric, Material, Textile

Definition of Fibre

1. Noun. A single piece of a given material, elongated and roughly round in cross-section, often twisted with other fibres to form thread. ¹

2. Noun. Material in the form of fibres. ¹

3. Noun. Dietary fibre. ¹

4. Noun. Moral strength and resolve. ¹

5. Noun. (mathematics) The preimage of a given point in the range of a map. ¹

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Definition of Fibre

1. fiber [n -S] - See also: fiber

Medical Definition of Fibre

1. A substance found in foods that come from plants (fruits and vegetables) and typically cannot be digested. Also called bulk or roughage. Fibre helps in the digestive process and is thought to lower cholesterol and help control blood glucose. The two types of fibre in food are soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibre, found in beans, fruits, and oat products, dissolves in water and is thought to help lower blood fats and blood glucose. Insoluble fibre, found in whole-grain products and vegetables, passes directly through the digestive system, helping to rid the body of waste products and possibly prevent diseases such as colon cancer. High fibre diets help delay the progression of diverticulosis and, at least, reduce the bouts of diverticulitis. In many cases, it helps reduce the symptoms of the Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) (also called spastic colitis, mucus colitis, and nervous colon syndrome.) It is generally accepted that a diet high in fibre is protective, or at least reduces the incidence, of colon polyps and colon cancer. Soluble fibre substances are effective in helping reduce the blood cholesterol. This is especially true with oat bran, fruits, psyllium and legumes. High soluble-fibre diets may lower cholesterol and low-density lipoproteins ( the 'bad' lipoproteins ) by 8% to 15%. Insoluble fibre retains water in the colon, resulting in a softer and larger stool. It is used effectively in treating constipation resulting from poor dietary habits. Bran is particularly rich in insoluble fibre. Soluble fibres (oat bran, apples, citrus, pears, peas/beans, psyllium, etc.) slow down the digestion of carbohydrates (sugars), which results in better glucose metabolism. Some patients with the adult-onset diabetes may actually be successfully treated with a high-fibre diet alone, and those on insulin, can often reduce their insulin requirements by adhering to a high-fibre diet. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fibre

fibrae lentis
fibrae meridionales
fibrae obliquae gastrici
fibrae periventriculares
fibrae pontis transversae
fibrae pyramidales
fibrae zonulares
fibre (current term)
fibre-optic transmission system
fibre-reinforced plastic
fibre bundle
fibre bundles
fibre cell
fibre optic
fibre optic cable
fibre optics

Literary usage of Fibre

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1. Report of the Annual Meeting (1856)
"To make this matter more comprehensible, I will explain what the paper-makers want. They require a cheap material, with a strong fibre, ..."

2. A Text Book of Physiology by Michael Foster (1891)
"gathered a small quantity of granular protoplasm, like that around the nuclei of a striated fibre, and this is continued along the axis of the fibre for ..."

3. A Text Book of Physiology by Michael Foster (1893)
"Just at the beginning of the contraction there will be a time when the front of the contraction wave has reached for instance only half-way down the fibre ..."

4. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1865)
"In some drawings it is represented as terminating in a short fine fibre, which is regarded as the prolongation of the axis-cylinder; in others, ..."

5. The Microscope: And Its Revelations by William B[enjamin] Carpenter (1856)
"By carefully separating these, we may obtain the ultimate 'muscular fibre. This fibre exists under two forms, the striated and the non-striated. ..."

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