Definition of Thimble

1. Noun. As much as a thimble will hold.

Exact synonyms: Thimbleful
Generic synonyms: Containerful



2. Noun. A small metal cap to protect the finger while sewing; can be used as a small container.
Generic synonyms: Cap, Container

Definition of Thimble

1. n. A kind of cap or cover, or sometimes a broad ring, for the end of the finger, used in sewing to protect the finger when pushing the needle through the material. It is usually made of metal, and has upon the outer surface numerous small pits to catch the head of the needle.

Definition of Thimble

1. Noun. (sewing) A pitted, now usually metal, cap for the fingers, used in sewing to push the needle. ¹

2. Noun. A similarly shaped socket in machinery. ¹

3. Noun. A thimbleful. ¹

4. Noun. (nautical) A ring of metal or rope used in a ship's rigging; it is a protection against chafing. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Thimble

1. a cap used to protect the fingertip during sewing [n -S]

Medical Definition of Thimble

1. 1. A kind of cap or cover, or sometimes a broad ring, for the end of the finger, used in sewing to protect the finger when pushing the needle through the material. It is usually made of metal, and has upon the outer surface numerous small pits to catch the head of the needle. 2. Any thimble-shaped appendage or fixure. Specifically: A tubular piece, generally a strut, through which a bolt or pin passes. A fixed or movable ring, tube, or lining placed in a hole. A tubular cone for expanding a flue; called ferrule in England. 3. A ring of thin metal formed with a grooved circumference so as to fit within an eye-spice, or the like, and protect it from chafing. Origin: OE. Thimbil, AS. Mel, fr. Ma a thumb. 56. See Thumb. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Thimble

thigmotaxes
thigmotaxis
thigmotropism
thigmotropisms
thigs
thiirane
thiiranes
thiirene
thiirenes
thilk
thill
thiller
thillers
thills
thim
thimble (current term)
thimbleberries
thimbleberry
thimbled
thimbleeye
thimbleeyes
thimbleful
thimblefuls
thimblerig
thimblerigged
thimblerigger
thimbleriggers
thimblerigging
thimblerigs
thimbles

Literary usage of Thimble

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Dyke's Automobile and Gasoline Engine Encyclopedia by Andrew Lee Dyke (1919)
"2, thimble E. page 649. The pitch of the screw threads on the concealed part of ... When the micrometer is closed, the beveled edge of the thimble coincides ..."

2. The Technical World Magazine (1909)
"WLE The cut shows the usual form of a micrometer, the parts of which are as follows: A—frame, B—anvil, C—spindle, D—sleeve, E—thimble. ..."

3. One Hundred and Fifty Gymnastic Games by Ethel Perrin, Boston Normal School of Gymnastics (1902)
"Apparatus: thimble. One player stands in the centre, and the others form a ring round ... One of the players, however, holds the thimble in his right hand. ..."

4. Constructive Text-book of Practical Mathematics by Horace Wilmer Marsh, Annie Griswold Fordyce Marsh (1912)
"Therefore graduation mark 4 on the thimble lacks what part of a thimble ... Therefore 4 on the thimble can be brought into coincidence with 1 on the ..."

5. Lyra Elegantiarum: A Collection of Some of the Best Social and Occasional by Frederick Locker-Lampson, Coulson Kernahan (1891)
"Ah, Jessy, 'tis in idle hearts That love and mischief are most nimble; The safest shield against the darts Of Cupid, is Minerva's thimble. ..."

6. The American Antiquarian and Oriental Journal by Stephen Denison Peet (1883)
"formant says the chunk in which the thimble was found "showed the grain of the wood," ... The thimble was full of coal and sand and retained its shape well. ..."

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