thumbnail

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noun

thumb·​nail ˈthəm-ˌnāl How to pronounce thumbnail (audio)
-ˈnāl
1
: the nail of the thumb
2
: a miniature computer graphic sometimes hyperlinked to a full-size version

thumbnail

2 of 2

adjective

: concise, brief
a thumbnail sketch

Examples of thumbnail in a Sentence

Noun You can see a larger version of the picture by clicking on the thumbnail. Adjective a thumbnail outline of the plot of the novel
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Press and hold on any tab thumbnail, then drag it on top of another thumbnail to create a group. David Nield, Popular Science, 16 May 2024 However, these pre-installed apps appear hastily made: The resized thumbnails, the choice of type, and the way game titles barely fit into their squares are all tells. PCMAG, 10 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for thumbnail 

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thumbnail was in 1604

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Cite this Entry

“Thumbnail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thumbnail. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

thumbnail

1 of 2 noun
thumb·​nail ˈthəm-ˌnāl How to pronounce thumbnail (audio)
-ˈnā(ə)l
1
: the nail of the thumb
2
: a miniature computer graphic sometimes connected by a hyperlink to a larger version

thumbnail

2 of 2 adjective
thumb·​nail
ˌthəm-ˌnāl
: brief entry 1
wrote a thumbnail sketch of the poet

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