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

Examples of thimble in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The humblest object in the exhibition, a golden thimble, carries the most history. Peter Saenger, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022 In the Ch4rm lookbook, male models sport square-toe dress shoes—a Russian staple—and women don denim skirts the size of a thimble. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 22 Nov. 2021 There’s one possible state where the molecules are crowded into the thimble. Quanta Magazine, 22 Apr. 2021 Line cooks use a thimble for near constant taste tests. Larissa Zimberoff, Wired, 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, 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, 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, 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,, 6 Mar. 2020 See More

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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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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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