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

His back is sun-kissed with a tan that fades as his hips narrow to dimples and to a pale, taut backside. Vogue, "Fifty Shades of Grey," 24 Jan. 2019 Pushing open a heavy wood door, I was greeted by a tall woman with surging dimple creases wearing the Tiffany necklace. Vanessa Grigoriadis, New York Times, "The ‘Sex Cult’ That Preached Empowerment," 30 May 2018 Make the brine by stirring together salt and water until salt is dissolved. Pour the brine over the dough to fill dimples. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Samin Nosrat Wants Viewers to Cook What They See on Her New Netflix Show, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat," 19 Oct. 2018 Scatter the vegetables all over the focaccia, and lightly press in with your fingertips, creating dimples in the soft dough. Devon S. Fredericks, House Beautiful, "The Easiest Focaccia You'll Ever Make," 3 July 2014 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

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 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

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 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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