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 The dimples are from abundant colonies of crabs just under the surface. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, "The Ultimate Guide to Catching and Keeping Saltwater Live Bait," 2 Jan. 2020 Look for water ripples or dimples in the sand as a wave recedes from the beach, back into the ocean. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, "The Ultimate Guide to Catching and Keeping Saltwater Live Bait," 2 Jan. 2020 To catch them by hand, push your fingers deep into the moist sand around the dimples, then lift quickly and deposit the wet sand and crabs onto the beach. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, "The Ultimate Guide to Catching and Keeping Saltwater Live Bait," 2 Jan. 2020 Golf balls have dimples, for example, while baseballs have stitching in a figure-eight pattern—both sufficiently bumpy to affect the airflow around the ball. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Physics holds the secret to volleyball’s highly unpredictable “float serve”," 14 Nov. 2019 While the majority of women identify their breast cancer based on a lump, Dahlgren was reporting on a new study that found that other signs — nipple changes, dents, dimples, pain or redness — could also be indicators of breast cancer. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "NBC News’ Kristen Dahlgren Found Her Breast Cancer After Reporting on Rare Symptoms," 11 Dec. 2019 Patient, steadfast Inti, round faced and dimple cheeked, rebuke to the macho South American stereotype. Mathina Calliope, Longreads, "The Backcountry Prescription Experiment," 3 Dec. 2019 In August, Demi Lovato wowed fans with a unretouched photo of herself in a bikini, rocking every curve and dimple. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "Katie Holmes Posted an Unedited Photo of Her Stretch Marks on Instagram, and Fans Are Loving It," 27 Nov. 2019 Conventional volleyballs have six panels, but more recent designs have eight panels, a hexagonal honeycomb pattern, or dimples. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Physics holds the secret to volleyball’s highly unpredictable “float serve”," 14 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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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The first known use of dimple was in the 15th century

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13 Feb 2020

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“Dimple.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dimple?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=dimple01. Accessed 22 Feb. 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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