To press sharply and tightly between two surfaces or points, as of the fingers; pinch.Figuratively, to press closely upon; affect; concern.To sever or break the edge or end of by pinching; pinch (off) with the ends of the fingers or with pincers or nippers: with off.To blast, as by frost; destroy; check the growth or vigor of.To affect with a sharp tingling sensation; benumb.To bite; sting.To satirize keenly; taunt sarcastically; vex.To steal, pilfer; purloin.To snatch up hastily.to tie or secure a cable with nippers to the messenger.n. The act of compressing between two opposing surfaces or points, as in seizing and compressing a bit of the skin between the fingers; a pinch.n. A closing in of ice about a vessel so as to press upon or crush her.n. A pinch which severs or removes a part; a snipping, biting, or pinching off.n. A small bit of anything; as much as may be nipped off by the finger and thumb.n. A check to growth from a sudden blasting or attack from frost or cold; a sharp frost-bite which kills the tips or ends of a plant or leaf.n. A biting sarcasm; a taunt.n. A thief; a pickpocket.n. In coal-mining, a thinning of a bed of coal by a gradual depression of the roof, so that the seam sometimes almost entirely disappears for a certain distance, while the beds above and below are only slightly, or not at all, affected in a similar maimer. Also called a want.n. Naut.:n. A short turn in a rope.n. The part of a rope at the place bound by a seizing or caught by jamming.n. In the wool-Combing machine, a mechanism the action of which is closely analogous to that of the human hand in grasping.To take a dram or nip. See nip, n.n. A sip or small draught, especially of some strong spirituous beverage: as, a, nip of brandy.n. A short steep ascent.n. A hill or mountain.n. A turnip.n. Mist; darkness.In cricket:To catch neatly: said of a fielder.To break sharply: said of a bowled ball.n. The place of contact between two cylinders, rollers, or bowls.n. To take a new hold; refresh the memory.n. A low cliff cut in the border of land near the sea.To cut a low cliff in (the border of the land) by wave action.