thimble

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noun thim·ble \ˈthim-bəl\

Definition of thimble

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

  2. 2a :  a grooved ring of thin metal used to fit in a spliced loop in a rope as protection from chafingb :  a lining (as of metal) for an opening (as in a roof or wall) through which a stovepipe or chimney passes

Origin and Etymology of thimble

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


First Known Use: 15th century


THIMBLE Defined for English Language Learners

thimble

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noun thim·ble \ˈthim-bəl\

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

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noun thim·ble \ˈthim-bəl\

Definition of thimble for Students

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


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