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 for fiber
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
        [1913 Webster]
     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]
        [1913 Webster]
     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.
          [1913 Webster]
     4. A general name for the raw material, such as cotton, flax,
        hemp, etc., used in textile manufactures.
        [1913 Webster]
     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.
          [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) :

      n 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]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  126 Moby Thesaurus words for "fiber":
     Aralac, Avisco, Celanese, Chemstrand, Dacron, Dynel, Lastex,
     Manila, Orlon, Terylene, Velon, Vicara, acetate rayon,
     all that lives, alpaca, angora, animal fiber, artificial fiber,
     bast, biosphere, biota, body-build, brand, brawn, capillament,
     cashmere, cast, character, characteristic, characteristics, cilium,
     cirrus, cobweb, coir, complexion, composition, constituents,
     constitution, cotton, crasis, denier, dharma, diathesis,
     disposition, ecosphere, ethos, fabric, fibrilla, filament,
     filamentule, flagellum, flax, flesh, flora and fauna, floss, frame,
     genius, gossamer, grain, habit, hair, hank, hemp, horsehair, hue,
     humor, humors, ilk, jute, kapok, kind, linen, living matter,
     living nature, llama hair, makeup, merino, mohair, mold, nature,
     near-silk, noosphere, nylon, oakum, organic matter, organic nature,
     organized matter, physique, plasm, property, quality, raffia,
     rayon, silk, sisal, skein, somatotype, sort, spandex, spirit,
     spun rayon, stamp, strand, streak, stripe, suchness, suture,
     system, temper, temperament, tendency, tendril, tenor, thread,
     threadlet, tissue, tone, tussah, type, vein, way, web, wool,
     worsted, yarn, zephyr

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