dimple

noun
dim·​ple | \ ˈdim-pəl How to pronounce dimple (audio) \

Definition of dimple

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 anatomy : a slight natural indentation in the surface of some part of the human body noticed his dimples when he smiled
2 : a depression or indentation on a surface (as of a golf ball)

dimple

verb
dimpled; dimpling\ ˈdim-​p(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce dimple (audio) \

Definition of dimple (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to mark with dimples a baby's dimpled hands

intransitive verb

: to exhibit or form dimples

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Other Words from dimple

Noun

dimply \ ˈdim-​p(ə-​)lē How to pronounce dimple (audio) \ adjective

Examples of dimple in a Sentence

Noun She noticed his dimples when he smiled. the dimples on a golf ball
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun No Rome’s sonic palette isn’t all that far from Wavey’s own, yet the Australian producer still brings a new level of effervescence to the tune with all his signature bubble-pop sounds and dimple-cheek personality. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 2 July 2021 Generally, a 4-inch in diameter patty, with a dimple in the center, that is at least ¾3/4-inch thick will suffice. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 26 May 2021 This features a realistic dimple texture that will show you true trajectory despite limited flight capabilities. Chris Hachey, BGR, 11 May 2021 Using your index finger, gently press into where the crosses intersect to form a dimple. Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2020 Hanging chads, partially punched chads, even ballots that only had a dimple. WSJ, 11 Nov. 2020 Place one of the dough balls into each dimple, pressing gently to adhere it. Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2020 According to the Mayo and Cleveland Clinic, a sacral dimple is generally harmless, does not cause any health issues or require further treatment. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2018 Passed around without being asked anything’ A feisty teenager with thick brown hair and deep dimples, Destiny was used to fending for herself. Allie Morris, ExpressNews.com, 6 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Reliable trade winds dimple the desert-meets-ocean landscape with vast tidepools and low-tide lagoons. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2021 Once your dough is in the pan and has doubled in size, proceed to dimple it and drizzle it with olive oil. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, 25 Apr. 2020 Continue dimpling and resting the dough at 20-minute intervals; by the third or fourth round, the dough should cover the entire surface of the pan. Marian Bull, Saveur, 30 May 2019 Uncover the pans; starting at the center of the dough, with your fingers angled toward the edges and corners, dimple the dough outward again. Marian Bull, Saveur, 30 May 2019 Offshore menhaden schools will dimple the surface as the sun rises, normally within a couple miles of shore. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, 2 Jan. 2020 The wall between the passenger compartment and engine is dimpled like a golf ball to reduce vibration and noise. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 6 July 2019 When ready to bake, aggressively dimple the surface of the bread, pressing out the bigger gas bubbles. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, 8 Apr. 2018 Place the dough in the center of the sheet tray and gently dimple the dough, pressing it down and stretching it out to fill the surface area of the tray. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, 8 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dimple

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1602, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for dimple

Noun and Verb

Middle English dympull; akin to Old High German tumphilo whirlpool, Old English dyppan to dip — more at dip

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“Dimple.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dimple. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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dimple

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dimple

: a small area on a part of a person's body (such as the cheek or chin) that naturally curves in
: a small area on a surface that curves in

dimple

noun
dim·​ple | \ ˈdim-pəl How to pronounce dimple (audio) \

Kids Definition of dimple

: a slight hollow spot especially in the cheek or chin

dimple

noun
dim·​ple | \ ˈdim-pəl How to pronounce dimple (audio) \

Medical Definition of dimple

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a slight natural indentation or hollow in the surface of some part of the human body (as on a cheek or the chin)

dimple

verb
dimpled; dimpling\ -​p(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce dimple (audio) \

Medical Definition of dimple (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to mark with dimples

intransitive verb

: to exhibit or form dimples

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