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 Golf ball dimples reduce the drag flow by creating a turbulent boundary layer of air, while the ball's spin generates lift by creating a higher air pressure area on the bottom of the ball than on the top. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Physics holds the secret to volleyball’s highly unpredictable “float serve”," 14 Nov. 2019 About 200 measurements are taken while the team takes notes on the way a subject expresses themselves, how the radius of a dimple might pulse with laughter, how the irises soften when encountered up close. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Making Faces: How the Artists at Madame Tussauds Create Celebrity Wax Figures," 1 Oct. 2019 To time will show a blush of green, a dimple or a bruise of bluish green That overnight becomes a whitish bloom? Ciaran Carson, The New Yorker, "Angela Hackett, “Lemons on a Moorish Plate,” 2013," 30 Sep. 2019 Vanessa has a dimple on each cheek while Veronica only has one on her left cheek. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "9 Hilarious Insider Facts About the Merrell Twins," 1 Mar. 2019 The two little butt pockets, however, were a bit high for my extremely long torso and left a dimple that wasn't attractive. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "We Tried Kim Kardashian's SKIMS Shapewear Line—Here Are Our Thoughts," 10 Sep. 2019 Its keys are designed with deep dimples to ease typing. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Logitech unveils next-gen MX Master 3 smart mouse, MX Keys keyboard," 4 Sep. 2019 The steam trapped inside cooks the noodles to al dente, and my broiler imitates a wood oven, speckling the dough with pizza-crust dimples. New York Times, "We Asked a Chef to Keep a Cooking Diary for a Week. Here’s What She Made.," 27 Aug. 2019 ARMYs have been anticipating their release ever since, especially after that first look at RM’s spot-on dimple. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "The BTS Mattel Dolls and Uno Game Are Officially Available to Preorder," 17 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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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4 Dec 2019

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“Dimple.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dimpled. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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