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ˈθɪm bəlthim·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. thimble, thimblefulnoun

    as much as a thimble will hold

  2. thimblenoun

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


  1. thimblenoun

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

    Etymology: From þymel, corresponding to .

  2. thimblenoun

    A similarly shaped socket in machinery.

    Etymology: From þymel, corresponding to .

  3. thimblenoun

    A thimbleful.

    Etymology: From þymel, corresponding to .

  4. thimblenoun

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

    Etymology: From þymel, corresponding to .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thimblenoun

    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. Thimblenoun

    any thimble-shaped appendage or fixure

  3. Thimblenoun

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

  4. Thimblenoun

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

  5. Thimblenoun

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

  6. Thimblenoun

    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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Thimble

    thim′bl, n. a metal cover for the finger, used in sewing.—ns. Thim′ble-case, a case for holding a thimble; Thim′bleful, as much as a thimble will hold: a small quantity; Thim′ble-rig, a sleight-of-hand trick in which the performer conceals, or pretends to conceal, a pea or small ball under one of three thimble-like cups.—v.i. to cheat by such means.—ns. Thim′ble-rig′ger; Thim′ble-rig′ging. [A.S. thýmel, a thumb-stall—thúma, a thumb. An extension of thumb.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. thimble

    An iron ring with a concave outer surface to contain snugly in the cavity a rope, which is spliced about it. Its use is to defend the rope which surrounds it from being injured by another rope, or the hook or a tackle which passes through it.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thimble in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thimble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of thimble in a Sentence

  1. Tiffany Vibert:

    It seems that the thimble, boot and wheelbarrow tokens didn’t resonate with today’s fans, while conversely, the animal tokens pull at their heartstrings. They have also opted for traditional choices. The Mr. Monopoly emoji saw the most amount of all the emoji token options — it came in 20th place.

  2. Remy de Gourmont:

    The human mind is so complex and things are so tangled up with each other that, to explain a blade of straw, one would have to take to pieces an entire universe. A definition is a sack of flour compressed into a thimble.

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    an unfortunate mishap; especially one causing damage or injury
    • A. staff
    • B. accident
    • C. substitute
    • D. accessory

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