thimble

noun thim·ble \ ˈthim-bəl \

Definition of thimble

1 : a pitted cap or cover worn on the finger to push the needle in sewing
2 a : 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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Origin and Etymology of thimble

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


THIMBLE Defined for English Language Learners

thimble

noun

Definition of thimble for English Language Learners

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


THIMBLE Defined for Kids

thimble

noun thim·ble \ ˈthim-bəl \

Definition of thimble for Students

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


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