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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ To head off competition, the telcos have invested heavily in fiber optics and sophisticated switching technology.
▪ But fiber optics may change all that.
▪ It was into bioengineering, lasers, fiber optics.
▪ The advent of fiber optics in the early 1980s, however, changed the role of satellites in the global communications industry.
▪ Sisal carpeting is made from the fiber of the agave plant.
▪ The coffee filter has thin fibers to trap the particles that cause bitterness.
▪ A fiber mile is one strand of fiber measuring one mile long is equal to 12 fiber miles.
▪ As assistant commissioner, Smith oversees marketing programs involving livestock, horticulture, fiber and international marketing.
▪ But fiber optics may change all that.
▪ For instance, toasting and saut ing most foods can increase their fiber content.
▪ It has long been thought that a diet high in fiber reduces the risks of cancer.
▪ The fiber is useless unless it connects customers to equipment that transmits or stores information or video programs.
▪ While hybrid fiber / coax networks are becoming the preferred architecture, this is not a universal choice.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Fiber \Fi"ber\, Fibre \Fi"bre\,, n. [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.

    Yet had no fibers in him, nor no force.

  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.

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

    Syn: fibre, vulcanized fiber.

    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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., fibre "a lobe of the liver," also "entrails," from Medieval Latin fibre, from Latin fibra "a fiber, filament; entrails," which is of uncertain origin, perhaps related to Latin filum "a thread, string" (see file (n.1)) or from root of findere "to split" (see fissure).\n

\nMeaning "thread-like structure in animal bodies" is from c.1600 (in plants, 1660s); hence figurative use in reference to force or toughness (1630s). As "textile material," 1827. Fiberboard is from 1897; Fiberglas is attested from 1937, U.S. registered trademark name; in generic use, with lower-case f- and double -s, by 1941. Fiber optics is from 1956.


n. 1 (context countable English) A single elongated piece of a given material, roughly round in cross-section, often twisted with other fibers to form thread. 2 (context uncountable English) A material in the form of fibers. 3 (context textiles English) A material whose length is at least 1000 times its width. 4 dietary fiber. 5 (context figuratively English) Moral strength and resolve. 6 (context mathematics English) The preimage of a given point in the range of a map. 7 (context computing English) A kind of lightweight thread of execution.

  1. n. a slender and greatly elongated solid substance [syn: fibre]

  2. the inherent complex of attributes that determine a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions; "education has for its object the formation of character"- Herbert Spencer [syn: character, fibre]

  3. a leatherlike material made by compressing layers of paper or cloth [syn: fibre, vulcanized fiber]


Fiber or fibre (from the Latin fibra) is a natural or synthetic substance that is significantly longer than it is wide. Fibers are often used in the manufacture of other materials. The strongest engineering materials often incorporate fibers, for example carbon fiber and ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene.

Synthetic fibers can often be produced very cheaply and in large amounts compared to natural fibers, but for clothing natural fibers can give some benefits, such as comfort, over their synthetic counterparts.

Fiber (disambiguation)

A fiber is a long strand of material.

Fiber or Fibre may also refer to:

  • Fiber (computer science)
  • Fiber (mathematics)
  • Dietary fiber
  • Optical fiber
  • Myofiber, or muscle fiber, strands of muscle tissue
  • Nerve fiber, strands of nervous tissue
Fiber (computer science)

In computer science, a fiber is a particularly lightweight thread of execution.

Like threads, fibers share address space. However, fibers use co-operative multitasking while threads use pre-emptive multitasking. Threads often depend on the kernel's thread scheduler to preempt a busy thread and resume another thread; fibers yield themselves to run another fiber while executing.

Fiber (mathematics)

In mathematics, the term fiber (or fibre in British English) can have two meanings, depending on the context:

  1. In naive set theory, the fiber of the element y in the set Y under a map f : XY is the inverse image of the singleton {y} under f.
  2. In algebraic geometry, the notion of a fiber of a morphism of schemes must be defined more carefully because, in general, not every point is closed.

Usage examples of "fiber".

The sharp spine on the tip of the agave leaf can be used as a needle and the strong fibers of the leaf are used as a pre-attached thread.

Add the optional almonds and each serving has 19 grams of carbohydrates and 5 grams of fiber, for a total of 14 grams of usable carbs and 3 grams of protein.

This antiaging diet is based on whole, natural, low-fat foods that are high in fiber, which promotes efficient fat-burning during exercise and every other hour of the day.

The squid we catch here has value as food, of course, but also we strip the nerve fibers, the axons, we bring them back to the mainland, they are used in all kinds of biosensor applications.

He hit the switch for biosensor boost and the squid fiber in the spyglass went to work for him.

The bullet and the debris that it forced into his bodywood splinters, fiber stuffingthey made a mess of one of the most closely knit areas of the human anatomy.

Some of the motor fibers supply muscles in the larynx and the throat, and some reach downward to the muscles of the bronchi, to the heart muscle, and to the muscles of most of the digestive tract.

Thus, the sympathetic nerve fibers act to accelerate the heartbeat, dilate the pupil of the eye and the bronchi of the lungs, and inhibit the activity of the smooth muscles of the alimentary canal.

The parasympathetic nerve fibers, on the other hand, act to slow the heartbeat, contract the pupil of the eye and the bronchi of the lungs and stimulate the activity of the alimentary canal muscles.

Assuming 2 servings, each will have 3 grams of carbohydrates and 1 gram of fiber, for a total of 2 grams of usable carbs and 13 grams of protein.

Assuming 3 servings, each will have 10 grams of carbohydrates and 4 grams of fiber, for a total of 6 grams of usable carbs and 19 grams of protein.

Assuming 2 servings, each will have 5 grams of carbohydrates and 1 gram of fiber, for a total of 4 grams of usable carbs and 24 grams of protein.

Assuming 2 servings, each will have 9 grams of carbohydrates and 2 grams of fiber, for a total of 7 grams of usable carbs and 19 grams of protein.

The carb count will vary a little, but each serving will have close to 6 grams of carbohydrates and 2 grams of fiber, for a total of 4 grams of usable carbs and 26 grams of protein.

The carb count will vary a bit depending on what barbecue sauce you use, but should be in the neighborhood of 4 grams of carbohydrates and 1 gram of fiber, for a total of 3 grams of usable carbs and 27 grams of protein.