dimple

noun
dim·ple | \ˈdim-pəl \

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\-p(ə-)liŋ \

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 \-p(ə-)lē \ 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

Use your thumb to make an indentation at the center of the burger (the resulting dimple will help prevent burger shrinkage). Jim Shahin, chicagotribune.com, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 26 June 2018 Use your thumb to make an indentation at the center of the burger (the resulting dimple will help prevent burger shrinkage). Jim Shahin, chicagotribune.com, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 26 June 2018 Use your thumb to make an indentation at the center of the burger (the resulting dimple will help prevent burger shrinkage). Jim Shahin, chicagotribune.com, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 26 June 2018 His realistic portraits meticulously re-create such details as the dimple on Emmi’s chin and the precise slant of OnlyOne’s eyebrows. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Art exhibit in Pigtown humanizes female sex workers and drug addicts," 6 July 2018 Use your thumb to make an indentation at the center of the burger (the resulting dimple will help prevent burger shrinkage). Jim Shahin, charlotteobserver, "The best way to grill a burger keeps it off the grate," 6 July 2018 Looks like amazing acting chops (not to mention curly hair and adorable dimples) run in the fam. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "You'll Never Believe What The Little Girl From The '90s Pepsi Commercials Looks Like All Grown Up," 24 Apr. 2015 Each strip is twisted into a beautiful swirl, and punctuated with more of a dimple than a hole. Jean Trinh, Los Angeles Magazine, "A Former New Jerseyan’s Pop-Up Is Serving Fresh Bagels Right Out of the Oven," 26 Mar. 2018 Slim headlamps slope downward toward the Toyota logo on the front of the RAV4, while the lower intake is framed by a bumper with contrasting angles, creating a sort of open-mouthed frown punctuated by fog-lamp dimples on either side. Michael Simari, Car and Driver, "2018 Toyota RAV4," 16 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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

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

Verb

see dimple entry 1

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Dictionary Entries near dimple

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dimout

dimple

dimps

dimpsy

dim-sighted

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More Definitions for dimple

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 \

Kids Definition of dimple

: a slight hollow spot especially in the cheek or chin

dimple

noun
dim·ple | \ˈdim-pəl \

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 \

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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