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 dimpling (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 dimply (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 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, "Destiny was 15 when her outcry sparked a #MeToo reckoning in Texas foster care. Now, the trial.," 6 Mar. 2020 The key is unusual, in that the square shaft has dimples on four sides. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Smart Locks for Your Home or Rental Property," 10 Feb. 2020 His deep-set dimples and wide grin earned him many nicknames, including Prince Charming and Buddy. Edgar Sandoval, New York Times, "After 32 Shooting Victims, a Rallying Cry: ‘Stop the Bleeding’," 5 Dec. 2019 This controls the degree of flow separation, similar to the dimples on a golf ball. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Scientists draw inspiration from shark skin for novel new smart material," 13 Mar. 2020 In some cases, breast cancer can cause redness or dimples on breast skin. Ashley Abramson, Allure, "Everything You Should Know About Breast Cancer Signs, Treatment, and More," 10 Mar. 2020 To fans, the occasional glitches seem to be something like digital dimples. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "Do Fans of Cartoon Porn Stars Hate (Real) Women?," 19 Feb. 2020 In an interview earlier this week, Fortini’s sister, Joy Wilson, said her brother had beautiful dimples and a devilish sense of humor. Shelley Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, "Ground Zero’s deadly dust claims another victim," 8 Jan. 2020 John Legend is Sexiest Man Alive for all of the obvious reasons (Those dimples! Janine Rubenstein, PEOPLE.com, "He Irons, Watches 90 Day Fiancé and Sleeps Naked! 10 Sexy Things You Never Knew About John Legend," 15 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "How to Turn Basically's Focaccia into Focaccia PIZZA!," 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, "The Best Pizza at Home, With the Gear You Already Have," 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, "The Best Pizza at Home, With the Gear You Already Have," 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, "The Ultimate Guide to Catching and Keeping Saltwater Live Bait," 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, "Why Ford walked away from all-aluminum bodies for new 2020 Explorer," 6 July 2019 When ready to bake, aggressively dimple the surface of the bread, pressing out the bigger gas bubbles. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "A Healthy Sourdough Focaccia Recipe for NYC’s Planned Parenthood Bake Sale," 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, "A Healthy Sourdough Focaccia Recipe for NYC’s Planned Parenthood Bake Sale," 8 Apr. 2018 Oil hands again and press fingertips firmly into dough, pushing down all the way to bottom of pan to dimple all over. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Classic Focaccia Bread," 19 Mar. 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 8 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for dimple

dimple

noun
How to pronounce dimple (audio)

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 dimpling (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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