What does thumb mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. thumb, pollexnoun

    the thick short innermost digit of the forelimb

  2. thumbnoun

    the part of a glove that provides a covering for the thumb

  3. ovolo, thumb, quarter roundverb

    a convex molding having a cross section in the form of a quarter of a circle or of an ellipse

  4. hitchhike, hitch, thumbverb

    travel by getting free rides from motorists

  5. flick, flip, thumb, riffle, leaf, riffverb

    look through a book or other written material

    "He thumbed through the report"; "She leafed through the volume"

  6. finger, thumbverb

    feel or handle with the fingers

    "finger the binding of the book"

Wiktionary

  1. thumbnoun

    The short thick digit of the hand that for humans has the most mobility and can be made to oppose (moved to touch) all of the other fingers.

    Etymology: Middle English thoume, thoumbe, from þuma, from þūmô (cf. West Frisian tomme, Dutch duim, German Daumen), from tūm- (cf. Albanian thumb,thimth, thembër, Romanian tumburush, Welsh tyfu, Latin tumere, Lithuanian tumėti, Ancient Greek 'burial mound', Avestan 'strong', Sanskrit 'strong, thick').

  2. thumbnoun

    The part of a slider that may be moved linearly along the slider.

    Etymology: Middle English thoume, thoumbe, from þuma, from þūmô (cf. West Frisian tomme, Dutch duim, German Daumen), from tūm- (cf. Albanian thumb,thimth, thembër, Romanian tumburush, Welsh tyfu, Latin tumere, Lithuanian tumėti, Ancient Greek 'burial mound', Avestan 'strong', Sanskrit 'strong, thick').

  3. thumbnoun

    A thumbnail picture.

    Etymology: Middle English thoume, thoumbe, from þuma, from þūmô (cf. West Frisian tomme, Dutch duim, German Daumen), from tūm- (cf. Albanian thumb,thimth, thembër, Romanian tumburush, Welsh tyfu, Latin tumere, Lithuanian tumėti, Ancient Greek 'burial mound', Avestan 'strong', Sanskrit 'strong, thick').

  4. thumbverb

    To touch with the thumb.

    Etymology: Middle English thoume, thoumbe, from þuma, from þūmô (cf. West Frisian tomme, Dutch duim, German Daumen), from tūm- (cf. Albanian thumb,thimth, thembër, Romanian tumburush, Welsh tyfu, Latin tumere, Lithuanian tumėti, Ancient Greek 'burial mound', Avestan 'strong', Sanskrit 'strong, thick').

  5. thumbverb

    To turn the pages of (a book) in order to read it cursorily.

    I thumbed through the book and decided not to bother reading it all.

    Etymology: Middle English thoume, thoumbe, from þuma, from þūmô (cf. West Frisian tomme, Dutch duim, German Daumen), from tūm- (cf. Albanian thumb,thimth, thembër, Romanian tumburush, Welsh tyfu, Latin tumere, Lithuanian tumėti, Ancient Greek 'burial mound', Avestan 'strong', Sanskrit 'strong, thick').

  6. thumbverb

    To hitchhike

    So I started thumbin' back east, toward my hometown.

    Etymology: Middle English thoume, thoumbe, from þuma, from þūmô (cf. West Frisian tomme, Dutch duim, German Daumen), from tūm- (cf. Albanian thumb,thimth, thembër, Romanian tumburush, Welsh tyfu, Latin tumere, Lithuanian tumėti, Ancient Greek 'burial mound', Avestan 'strong', Sanskrit 'strong, thick').

Wikipedia

  1. Thumb

    The thumb is the first digit (finger) of the hand. When a person is standing in the medical anatomical position (where the palm is facing to the front), the thumb is the outermost digit. The Medical Latin English noun for thumb is pollex (compare hallux for big toe), and the corresponding adjective for thumb is pollical.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thumbnoun

    the short, thick first digit of the human hand, differing from the other fingers in having but two phalanges; the pollex. See Pollex

  2. Thumbverb

    to handle awkwardly

  3. Thumbverb

    to play with the thumbs, or with the thumbs and fingers; as, to thumb over a tune

  4. Thumbverb

    to soil or wear with the thumb or the fingers; to soil, or wear out, by frequent handling; also, to cover with the thumb; as, to thumb the touch-hole of a cannon

  5. Thumbverb

    to play with the thumb or thumbs; to play clumsily; to thrum

Freebase

  1. Thumb

    The thumb is the first digit of the hand. When a person is standing in the medical anatomical position, the thumb is the outermost digit. The Medical Latin English noun for thumb is pollex, and the corresponding adjective for thumb is pollical.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Thumb

    thum, n. the short, thick digit, consisting of two phalanges, on the radial side of the human hand: the corresponding member in other animals.—v.t. to handle awkwardly: to play or soil with the thumb or fingers.—v.i. to finger.—adj. Thumbed, having thumbs: marked by the thumb, worn.—ns. Thumb′kin, Thumb′screw, an old instrument of torture for compressing the thumb by means of a screw.—adj. Thumb′less.—ns. Thumb′-mark, a mark left by the impression of the thumb on the pages of a book, &c.; Thumb′piece, a piece serving as a support for the thumb: a knob or projection by means of which a spring is worked by pressure of the thumb; Thumb′pot, a very small pot used by florists for starting slips or seedlings; Thumb′-ring (Shak.), a ring worn on the thumb: a ring for the thumb fastened to the guard of a dagger or sword; Thumb′-stall, a covering or sheath for the thumb.—By rule of thumb, in a rough-and-ready practical manner, found by experience to be convenient; Under one's thumb, under one's influence. [With intrusive b from A.S. þuma; cog. with Ger. daumen.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. thumb

    The slider on a window-system scrollbar. So called because moving it allows you to browse through the contents of a text window in a way analogous to thumbing through a book.

Editors Contribution

  1. thumb

    A facet of the human hand.

    We all have a thumb on each hand.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'thumb' in Nouns Frequency: #2412

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thumb in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thumb in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of thumb in a Sentence

  1. Elizabeth Smith:

    He went in with eight gunshot wounds, a broken thumb/wrist, fractured jaw, split tongue, missing teeth, two collapsed lungs, and almost completely devoid of blood.

  2. John W. Gardner:

    Storybook happiness involves every form of pleasant thumb-twiddling true happiness involves the full use of one's powers and talents.

  3. Sean McQuay:

    A good rule of thumb is to wait six months to a year between card applications.

  4. Fox News:

    Night 2youve got Biden, Sanders, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg, and were supposed to believe this is random? Most of these committees, you put your thumb on the scale a little bit. Theyre going to want ratings.

  5. President Trump:

    I cant imagine that someone would want to be in a position of authority in our election system and in our democracy just to subvert it, i think these are public spirited people.I think these are patriots and they are doing their job to the best of their ability to make sure we get accurate, transparent results. When asked if a poll worker could use a USB thumb drive to add votes for a candidate, Steel said that the vote tabulators donot havesuch access. He also said they are not connected to the internet.

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