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1. A small hand tool having a spiraled shank, a screw tip, and a cross handle and used for boring holes.
2. A cocktail made with vodka or gin, sweetened lime juice, and sometimes effervescent water and garnished with a slice of lime.
tr.v. gim·let·ed, gim·let·ing, gim·lets
To make a hole in (something) with a gimlet.
Having a penetrating or piercing quality: gimlet eyes.
[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman guimbelet, perhaps from Middle Dutch wimmelkijn, diminutive of wimmel, auger.]
1. (Tools) a small hand tool consisting of a pointed spiral tip attached at right angles to a handle, used for boring small holes in wood
2. (Cookery) US a cocktail consisting of half gin or vodka and half lime juice
3. (Plants) a eucalyptus of W Australia having a twisted bole
(Tools) (tr) to make holes in (wood) using a gimlet
penetrating; piercing (esp in the phrase gimlet-eyed)
[C15: from Old French guimbelet, of Germanic origin, see wimble]
1. a small tool for boring holes, consisting of a shaft with a pointed screw at one end and a handle perpendicular to the shaft at the other.
2. a cocktail of gin or vodka, lime juice, and sometimes sugar.v.t.
3. to pierce with or as if with a gimlet.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Old French guimbelet < Germanic; compare Middle Dutch wimmel wimble]
Past participle: gimleted
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|Noun||1.||gimlet - a cocktail made of gin or vodka and lime juice|
cocktail - a short mixed drink
|2.||gimlet - hand tool for boring holes |
drill - a tool with a sharp point and cutting edges for making holes in hard materials (usually rotating rapidly or by repeated blows)