[ wim-buh l ]
/ ˈwɪm bəl /


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.

verb (used with object), wim·bled, wim·bling.

to bore or perforate with or as if with a wimble.


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Origin of wimble

1250–1300; Middle English < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German wimmel auger; see gimlet
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British Dictionary definitions for wimbling

/ (ˈwɪmbəl) /


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

Word Origin for wimble

C13: from Middle Dutch wimmel auger
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