thim·​ble | \ ˈthim-bəl How to pronounce thimble (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Line cooks use a thimble for near constant taste tests. Larissa Zimberoff, Wired, "How Restaurants Retooled for Takeout—and Survival," 17 Dec. 2020 Levi's also found a way to create its signature faded denim, by using just a thimble of water and ozone gas instead of the traditional method, which can use up to 42 liters of water. Isabelle Gerretsen And Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "The world is paying a high price for cheap clothes," 3 May 2020 Specifically, 15 wooden nesting dolls ranging in size from a tiny thimble to a Starbucks venti latte. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "Watch this gorgeous timelapse of the making of our ‘chicken and egg’ cover," 20 Mar. 2020 Unfortunately, there is no way to obtain that much power from a source that fits inside a thimble without the possibility of tragedy. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "Is Nuclear Power Worth the Risk?," 22 Dec. 2019 What starts with her loudly chewing ice during dinner with her in-laws quickly devolves into her ingesting increasingly physically harmful objects: a marble, a thimble, a paperclip, a thumbtack, a battery, a nail. Anne Cohen,, "Haley Bennett’s Powerful Swallow Is Already Making People Faint," 6 Mar. 2020 Just 20 years ago, no one could have imagined what scientists know two decades later about humanity’s deep past, let alone how much knowledge could be extracted from a thimble of dirt, a scrape of dental plaque or satellites in space. Elizabeth Sawchuk, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archaeologists Are Unearthing the Stories of the Past Faster Than Ever Before," 27 Dec. 2019 Artifacts found at the site, from rabbit and bird bones to mollusk shells, soldiers’ buttons, buckles, thimbles and a comb, paint a portrait of a lively hub frequented by locals and travelers alike. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Find Shot Glass Shards, Anti-Witch Carving at Centuries-Old Scottish Pub," 16 Oct. 2019 The hides come from moose, deer, and elk; the ribbons are made of silk and the thimbles and bells of brass. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Inside the First Major Museum Exhibition Celebrating Native Women Artists," 31 May 2019

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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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“Thimble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce thimble (audio) \

Kids Definition of thimble

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

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