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nibbling

The consumption of multiple (up to 17) smaller meals per day, as opposed to the typical 3 meals/day.

While the terms snacking and nibbling may be used interchangeably, American colloquial usage might define snacking as the off-mealtime consumption of food, usually of junk/snack foods; in contrast, nibbling typically consists of more regular consumption, often of healthy foods.
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nibbling

Nutrition The consumption of multiple–up to 17–'mini-meals' per day, as opposed to the usual 3 meals/day. Cf Bingeing, Gorging.
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Each story is 20 to 30 minutes long, one per tape side, so it is possible to nibble at the stories like English toffees.
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The mixed flock makes its way up the hill to the she herd, and the shepherd quickly and efficiently separates them into "yes" and "no." The good and obedient sheep are directed to the shepherd's right hand, and then they nibble their way happily into heaven.