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Definitions for thumbscrew
ˈθʌmˌskruthumb·screw

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. thumbscrewnoun

    instrument of torture that crushes the thumb

  2. thumbscrewnoun

    screw designed to be turned with the thumb and fingers

Wiktionary

  1. thumbscrewnoun

    A screw that can be turned with the thumb and fingers

  2. thumbscrewnoun

    An instrument of torture used to crush the fingers

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thumbscrewnoun

    a screw having a flat-sided or knurled head, so that it may be turned by the thumb and forefinger

  2. Thumbscrewnoun

    an old instrument of torture for compressing the thumb by a screw; a thumbkin

Freebase

  1. Thumbscrew

    The thumbscrew or pilliwinks is a torture instrument which was first used in medieval Europe. It is a simple vice, sometimes with protruding studs on the interior surfaces. The victim's thumbs or fingers were placed in the vice and slowly crushed. The thumbscrew was also applied to crush prisoners' big toes. The crushing bars were sometimes lined with sharp metal points to puncture the nails and inflict greater pain in the nail beds. Larger, heavier devices based on the same design principle were applied to crush knees and elbows.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thumbscrew in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thumbscrew in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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