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[gim-lit] /ˈgɪm lɪt/
a small tool for boring holes, consisting of a shaft with a pointed screw at one end and a handle perpendicular to the shaft at the other.
a cocktail made with gin or vodka, sweetened lime juice, and sometimes soda water.
verb (used with object)
to pierce with or as if with a gimlet.
Also, gimblet
[gim-blit] /ˈgɪm blɪt/ (Show IPA)
. Nautical. to rotate (a suspended anchor) to a desired position.
able to penetrate or bore through.
Origin of gimlet
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Old French guimbelet < Germanic; compare Middle Dutch wimmel wimble
Related forms
gimlety, adjective Unabridged
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  • Must mingle other atoms with those before they stabilize in our plane.

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  • Yet it is plain that the effect of these dinners was to stabilize prices for steel.

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  • Officials anticipate that the rural population will stabilize and that most future increases will be to the towns and cities.

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  • Scrub on the remainder, however, serves to stabilize the soil of the forest lands against erosion and to slow the runoff of water.

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  • He felt defeated in his attempts to stabilize his impressions.

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British Dictionary definitions for gimblet


a small hand tool consisting of a pointed spiral tip attached at right angles to a handle, used for boring small holes in wood
(US) a cocktail consisting of half gin or vodka and half lime juice
a eucalyptus of W Australia having a twisted bole
(transitive) to make holes in (wood) using a gimlet
penetrating; piercing (esp in the phrase gimlet-eyed)
Word Origin
C15: from Old French guimbelet, of Germanic origin, see wimble
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Word Origin and History for gimblet



boring-tool, mid-14c., gymbelette, from Anglo-French guimbelet (French gibelet), perhaps from Middle Dutch wimmelkijn (with substitute of French diminutive suffix), diminutive of wimmel "auger, drill." The meaning "cocktail made with gin or vodka and lime juice" is first attested 1928, presumably from its "penetrating" effects on the drinker.

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