thumbnail

noun
thumb·​nail | \ ˈthəm-ˌnāl How to pronounce thumbnail (audio) , -ˈnāl\

Definition of thumbnail

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the nail of the thumb
2 : a miniature computer graphic sometimes hyperlinked to a full-size version

thumbnail

adjective

Definition of thumbnail (Entry 2 of 2)

: concise, brief a thumbnail sketch

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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

Step 6: Check Your Progress Run your thumbnail down the blade carefully feeling for any rough areas. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How to Sharpen a Knife (in 9 Easy Steps)," 14 July 2019 Sometimes, there are just thumbnails of body parts, like a smooth ass or a bicep. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Where Is Neil Malcolm Roberts?," 29 June 2019 The local school district said the image was a thumbnail-sized screenshot of a video that came up in a during a search but that the student couldn’t access the site. oregonlive.com, "Beaverton to address $12 million accounting error, GOP walkout puts sexual misconduct bill in limbo: The week in education," 22 June 2019 The frame dimensions are 13-½″ x 17-½″ x ⅝″, with a frame border of 1″. Use the search and browse functions to view the the drawings by date or subject, and click on the thumbnails provided for a larger image and ordering information. James Ferguson, The Reader's Catalog, "Illustrations," 17 June 2019 Jenner's manicure comes a little more than a month after Ariana Grande posted a photo to her Instagram Stories of her own cow-print manicure — or at least a cow-print thumbnail. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kendall Jenner's New Manicure Makes Cow-Print Nails an Official Trend," 24 Mar. 2019 Harvest winter squash when the rind can’t be pierced with your thumbnail, around the time when the vines wither or even right after the first light frost. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "16 Types of Squash and Everything You Need to Know About Them," 28 Dec. 2018 Not all of the thumbnails are as mundane: Some include famous friends such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jane Fonda. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "130,000 Andy Warhol Photos, Once Unknown, Debut in a New Exhibition in California," 27 Sep. 2018 Sometimes the embedded thumbnail data is not created properly and doesn't match the photo. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Palm Phone Review: Fun, endearing, and bad at everything," 1 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of thumbnail

Noun

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1852, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thumbnail was in 1604

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More Definitions for thumbnail

thumbnail

noun

English Language Learners Definition of thumbnail

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the hard covering at the end of a thumb : the fingernail of a thumb
computers : a very small copy of a larger picture on a computer

thumbnail

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of thumbnail (Entry 2 of 2)

: very short or brief

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