thim·​ble | \ˈthim-bəl \

Definition of thimble 

1 : a pitted cap or cover worn on the finger to push the needle in sewing

2a : a grooved ring of thin metal used to fit in a spliced loop in a rope as protection from chafing

b : a lining (as of metal) for an opening (as in a roof or wall) through which a stovepipe or chimney passes

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An unusual brass thimble, ceramics, a knife and shards of a glazed tin jar were unearthed last month during an archaeological excavation at Colonial Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City, Michigan. James Rogers, Fox News, "Colonial era Michigan fort reveals its secrets," 3 July 2018 Update, 2/17/2017: Well, per the world's vote to replace classic Monopoly tokens, the game's beloved thimble just got the boot. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Monopoly Just Got Rid of the Thimble and Now None of the Original Tokens Are Safe," 17 Feb. 2017 The artifacts include silverware, keys, thimbles, rare coins and even a mysterious gold box that conservators have yet to get open. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "The 1838 shipwreck was 'the Titanic of its time.' Divers just made an eerie discovery," 17 June 2018 The thimble won't be included in the newest version of the cult game, which rolls out in the fall, but that's not necessarily permanent. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Monopoly Just Got Rid of the Thimble and Now None of the Original Tokens Are Safe," 17 Feb. 2017 The powder essentially falls into a cup akin to a small thimble, where it is placed into a small oven and heated to temperatures of 500ºC, and above. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Finally, scientists have found intriguing organic molecules on Mars," 7 June 2018 Flores transfers gallon jars of jalapeño verde into plastic thimbles with snap-on lids for carryout orders. Mike Sutter, Bon Appetit, "On the Clock with Austin’s Most Beloved Waitress," 6 June 2018 Nimble is a silicone rubber finger thimble in which a tiny ceramic blade is embedded. Judi Dash,, "These items help you find your stuff, ease your pain, make the cut and drift off to sleep," 23 Apr. 2018 The novel in its spaciousness allows world enough and time for epochs to evolve, but the short story must seize in its thimble, all at once, crisis and its crux. Cynthia Ozick, New York Times, "One Last Book From a Virtuoso of the Short Story," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of thimble

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for thimble

Middle English thymel, thymbyl, from Old English thȳmel covering for the thumb, from thūma thumb

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English Language Learners Definition of thimble

: a small metal or plastic cap used in sewing to protect the finger that pushes the needle


thim·​ble | \ˈthim-bəl \

Kids Definition of thimble

: a cap or cover used in sewing to protect the finger that pushes the needle

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