thumb·​wheel | \ ˈthəm-ˌ(h)wēl How to pronounce thumbwheel (audio) \

Definition of thumbwheel

: a control for various devices consisting of a partially exposed wheel that can be turned by moving the exposed edge with a finger

Examples of thumbwheel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s perfect ergonomics for right-hand drive Defenders in England, while a thumbwheel on the steering wheel allows easy volume control for us fussy Colonials. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 27 Nov. 2020 There are redundant controls for changing radio stations or tracks and a thumbwheel to adjust the volume. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 16 Mar. 2020 The head-wrapping ring adjusts easily using a thumbwheel that expands and contracts the sides, similar to adjusting the length of a pair of over-ear headphones. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, 28 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of thumbwheel

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thumbwheel was in 1903

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“Thumbwheel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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