thimble


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thim·ble

 (thĭm′bəl)
n.
1. A hard, usually pitted cup worn for protection on the finger that pushes the needle in sewing.
2. Any of various tubular sockets or sleeves in machinery.
3. Nautical
a. A metal ring fitted in an eye of a sail to prevent chafing.
b. A metal ring around which a rope splice is passed.

[Middle English thimbil, alteration of Old English thȳmel, leather finger covering, from thūma, thumb; see teuə- in Indo-European roots.]

thimble

(ˈθɪmbəl)
n
1. (Knitting & Sewing) a cap of metal, plastic, etc, used to protect the end of the finger when sewing
2. (Mechanical Engineering) any small metal cap resembling this
3. (Nautical Terms) nautical a loop of metal having a groove at its outer edge for a rope or cable, for lining the inside of an eye
4. (Units) short for thimbleful
[Old English thӯmel thumbstall, from thūma thumb]

thim•ble

(ˈθɪm bəl)

n.
1. a small cap worn over the fingertip to protect it when pushing a needle through cloth in sewing.
2. a metal ring with a concave groove on the outside, used to line the outside of a ring of rope to prevent chafing.
[before 1000; Middle English thym(b)yl, Old English thȳmel; see thumb, -le]
thim′ble•like`, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thimble - as much as a thimble will holdthimble - as much as a thimble will hold  
containerful - the quantity that a container will hold
2.thimble - a small metal cap to protect the finger while sewing; can be used as a small container
cap - something serving as a cover or protection
container - any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
Translations
كُشْتْبان، قِمْع الخِياطَه
náprstek
fingerbøl
gyûszû
fingurbjörg
antpirštis
uzpirkstenis
náprstok

thimble

[ˈθɪmbl] N
1. (Sew) → dedal m
2. (Naut) → guardacabo m

thimble

[ˈθɪmbəl] nm (à coudre)

thimble

nFingerhut m

thimble

[ˈθɪmbl] nditale m

thimble

(ˈθimbl) noun
a kind of metal or plastic capital to protect the finger and push the needle when sewing.
References in classic literature ?
Besides, she had a silver thimble at home, and a brass one would do for her work.
This was a great shock to her, but she felt she could not explain without shaming him, so with charming delicacy she gave Peter a thimble which happened to be in her pocket, and pretended that it was a kiss.
Then they all crowded round her once more, while the Dodo solemnly presented the thimble, saying `We beg your acceptance of this elegant thimble'; and, when it had finished this short speech, they all cheered.
I shall know when you give it to me," he replied stiffly, and not to hurt his feeling she gave him a thimble.
Ay, very glad," said the younger man, who was looking at Maggie's silver thimble and other small matters that had been taken from her pocket.
And when she come she was hot and red and cross, and couldn't hardly wait for the blessing; and then she went to sluicing out coffee with one hand and cracking the handiest child's head with her thimble with the other, and says:
The paper had been sealed in several places with a thimble by way of seal; the very thimble, perhaps, that I had found in the captain's pocket.
Never were hands more exquisite than hers, and it was a joy to look at them when she threaded her needle or adjusted her gold thimble to her taper middle finger as she sewed away on the little night-drawers or fashioned a bodice or a bib.
I makes my pipes of old penny ink-bottles, ye see, deary--this is one--and I fits-in a mouthpiece, this way, and I takes my mixter out of this thimble with this little horn spoon; and so I fills, deary.
Aunt Polly raised him by the usual handle -- his ear -- and cracked his head soundly with her thimble.
She hit his head a thump with her thimble as we dodged by, and he let on to be whimpering as we struck for the stairs.
And then, as to his decoration: headstall, breast-bands, saddle and crupper are lavishly embroidered with beads, and hung with thimbles, hawks' bells, and bunches of ribbons.