- a device used especially in mining for extracting the rubbish from a bored hole.
- a marbleworker's brace for drilling.
- any of various other instruments for boring.
- to bore or perforate with or as if with a wimble.
Origin of wimble
1250–1300; Middle English < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German wimmel auger; see gimlet
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Examples from the Web for wimble
The kelpie gave a hideous roar, and turned away to run from the wimble.
And the wimble was so hot that it was as white as the whitest moon you ever saw.
He then proceeded to acquaint me with the welfare of Will Wimble.The De Coverley Papers
Joseph Addison and Others
“That remains to be proved, Wimble,” said Uncle Josiah, drily.The Adventures of Don Lavington
George Manville Fenn
Nor must we forget Will Wimble, though he is really an outsider.
- any of a number of hand tools, such as a brace and bit or a gimlet, used for boring holes
- to bore (a hole) with or as if with a wimble
C13: from Middle Dutch wimmel auger
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