dimple

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noun

dim·​ple ˈdim-pəl How to pronounce dimple (audio)
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)
dimply adjective

dimple

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verb

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

transitive verb

: to mark with dimples
a baby's dimpled hands

intransitive verb

: to exhibit or form dimples

Example Sentences

Noun She noticed his dimples when he smiled. the dimples on a golf ball
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Try to place them at a slight angle so water doesn't collect in the dimple at the top of the bulb. Nicole Bradley, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Sep. 2022 If left this way before painting, a small dimple will be visible. Kamron Sanders, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Aug. 2022 Make a small dimple in the center of the patty—this indentation will prevent your burger from puffing up like a balloon, ensuring an even and picturesque patty. Mehreen Karim, Bon Appétit, 21 June 2022 The centrepiece of the experiment consists of a large ‘reservoir’ that is continuously loaded with [strontium] atoms and that contains a small and deep ‘dimple’ trap in which the BEC is created. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 21 June 2022 So much water that each dimple in the landscape fills up, turns green and writhes with life again. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, 24 Mar. 2022 Toned in such a way that the department store’s fun-house-mirror-and-fluorescent-lighting combo doesn’t send me into a butt-dimple spiral. Maria Ciampa, The New Yorker, 25 Sep. 2021 The start of the brow should run parallel to the nose dimple and the arch should sit diagonally across the pupil from the nose. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Every curve, every inch, every mark, every dimple is a decoration on my temple. Leah Dolan, CNN, 19 July 2021
Verb
Rivers and streams crisscross the state, lakes dimple the mountains and, of course, the Pacific Ocean is the entire western border. oregonlive, 27 Aug. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1602, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of dimple was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Dimple.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dimple. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

dimple 1 of 2

noun

dim·​ple ˈdim-pəl How to pronounce dimple (audio)
1
: a slight natural indentation in the surface of some part of the human body (as the chin)
2
: a slight hollow
the dimples on a golf ball

dimple

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verb

dimpled; dimpling -p(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce dimple (audio)
: to mark with or form dimples

Medical Definition

dimple 1 of 2

noun

dim·​ple ˈdim-pəl How to pronounce dimple (audio)
: a slight natural indentation or hollow in the surface of some part of the human body (as on a cheek or the chin)

dimple

2 of 2

verb

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

transitive verb

: to mark with dimples

intransitive verb

: to exhibit or form dimples
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