thimble

[ thim-buhl ]
/ ˈθɪm bəl /

noun

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 ).

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Origin of thimble

before 1000; Middle English thym(b)yl,Old English thȳmel; akin to Old Norse thumall thumb of a glove. See thumb, -le

OTHER WORDS FROM thimble

thim·ble·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for thimble

thimble
/ (ˈθɪmbəl) /

noun

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

Word Origin for thimble

Old English thӯmel thumbstall, from thūma thumb
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