a small cap, usually of metal, worn over the fingertip to protect it when pushing a needle through cloth in sewing.
Mechanics. any of various similar devices or attachments.
Nautical. a metal ring with a concave groove on the outside, used to line the outside of a ring of rope forming an eye.
a sleeve of sheet metal passing through the wall of a chimney, for holding the end of a stovepipe or the like.
a thimble-shaped printing element with raised characters on the exterior: used in a type of electronic typewriter or computer printer (thimble printer ).
- thim·ble·like, adjective
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How to use thimble in a sentence
So the researchers tested snapping with fingers covered by hard thimbles.New high-speed video reveals the physics of a finger snap | Emily Conover | November 17, 2021 | Science News
“This announcement is the equivalent of throwing a thimble of water on a bonfire,” British Chambers of Commerce president Ruby McGregor-Smith said of the government’s plans for worker visas.
The pungent flames of a thimble full of Reaper paste take me back to the parking lot of the pepper festival, and the heat here, though formidable and making me cry, is nothing like the heat was there.What would possess someone to eat a Carolina Reaper pepper? This writer tried to find out. | Leigh Cowart | September 20, 2021 | Popular-Science
There’s one possible state where the molecules are crowded into the thimble.How Maxwell’s Demon Continues to Startle Scientists | Jonathan O'Callaghan | April 22, 2021 | Quanta Magazine
They could lower a tiny, thimble-sized cup into a glass or pitcher and draw up their own drinking water.Face to Face With ‘The Goldfinch,’ the Painting from Donna Tartt’s Novel | Malcolm Jones | December 1, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
You didnt think that your gold thimble would make pretty things for Dr. Lakes wife, did you?Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline | Jennie M. Drinkwater
However, no wonder, as you had never heard of the thimble and pea game, but I will tell you.Lavengro | George Borrow
The son Peter was admitted as a master in the thimble trade in 1527.A History of Art for Beginners and Students | Clara Erskine Clement
"I can make it any size I please, from a thimble to a sentry-box," said the Goblin.Davy and The Goblin | Charles E. Carryl
The thimble denoted a thrifty housewife; the button, a life of single blessedness; and the nutmeg, a good cook.Marjorie's Busy Days | Carolyn Wells
British Dictionary definitions for thimble
a cap of metal, plastic, etc, used to protect the end of the finger when sewing
any small metal cap resembling this
nautical a loop of metal having a groove at its outer edge for a rope or cable, for lining the inside of an eye
short for thimbleful
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