Definitions for thimbleˈθɪm bəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

thim•bleˈθɪm bəl(n.)

  1. a small cap worn over the fingertip to protect it when pushing a needle through cloth in sewing.

  2. a metal ring with a concave groove on the outside, used to line the outside of a ring of rope to prevent chafing.

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Origin of thimble:

bef. 1000; ME thym(b)yl, OE thȳmel; see thumb , -le

thim′ble•like`(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. thimble, thimbleful(noun)

    as much as a thimble will hold

  2. thimble(noun)

    a small metal cap to protect the finger while sewing; can be used as a small container

Wiktionary

  1. thimble(Noun)

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

  2. thimble(Noun)

    A similarly shaped socket in machinery.

  3. thimble(Noun)

    A thimbleful.

  4. thimble(Noun)

    A ring of metal or rope used in a ship's rigging; it is a protection against chafing.

  5. Origin: From þymel, corresponding to .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thimble(noun)

    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. Thimble(noun)

    any thimble-shaped appendage or fixure

  3. Thimble(noun)

    a tubular piece, generally a strut, through which a bolt or pin passes

  4. Thimble(noun)

    a fixed or movable ring, tube, or lining placed in a hole

  5. Thimble(noun)

    a tubular cone for expanding a flue; -- called ferrule in England

  6. Thimble(noun)

    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

Freebase

  1. Thimble

    A thimble is a small hard pitted cup worn for protection on the finger that pushes the needle in sewing. Usually, thimbles with a closed top are used by dressmakers but special thimbles with an opening at the end are used by tailors as this allows them to manipulate the cloth more easily. Finger guards differ from tailors’ thimbles in that they often have a top but are open on one side. Some finger guards are little more that a finger shield attached to a ring to maintain the guard in place. The Old English word þȳmel, the ancestor of thimble, is derived from Old English þūma, the ancestor of our word thumb. A single steel needle from the time of the Han Dynasty ancient China was found in a tomb in Jiangling, and it must be assumed that thimbles were in use at this time also although no thimble seems to have been discovered with the needle. The earliest known thimble — in the form of a simple ring — dates back to the Han Dynasty ancient China also and was discovered during the Cultural Revolution of the People's Republic of China in a lesser dignitary's tomb. Oddly, neither the Romans nor the Greeks before them appear to have used metal thimbles. It may be that leather or cloth finger guards proved sufficiently robust for their purposes. There are so-called Roman thimbles in museum collections, but the provenance of these metal thimbles is, in fact, not certain, and many have been removed from display. No well-documented archeological data link metal thimbles to any Roman site. According to the United Kingdom Detector Finds Database, thimbles dating to the 10th century have been found in England, and thimbles were in widespread use there by the 14th century.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

thimble(noun)

a kind of metal or plastic capital to protect the finger and push the needle when sewing.

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