thimbleful


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thim·ble·ful

 (thĭm′bəl-fo͝ol′)
n.
1. A very small quantity.
2. The amount that a thimble can hold.

thimbleful

(ˈθɪmbəlˌfʊl)
n, pl thimblefuls or thimblesful
(Units) a very small amount, esp of a liquid

thim•ble•ful

(ˈθɪm bəlˌfʊl)

n., pl. -fuls.
1. the amount that a thimble will hold.
2. a small quantity, esp. of liquid.
[1600–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thimbleful - as much as a thimble will holdthimbleful - as much as a thimble will hold  
containerful - the quantity that a container will hold
Translations

thimbleful

[ˈθɪmblfʊl] Ndedada f
just a thimblefulunas gotas nada más

thimbleful

n (fig)Fingerhut m(voll)
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Yet a thimbleful, taken straight, only a thimbleful, wouldn't be much, and might help to pull him together.
You don't catch me tasting rum so much, but just a thimbleful for luck, of course, the first chance I have.
I can't afford to pay fifty centimes for every thimbleful."
You shall have - well, a thimbleful of the brandy and go to bed.
He was too profoundly strong to be affected by a thimbleful. As he had prophesied to Dede, Burning Daylight, the city financier, had died a quick death on the ranch, and his younger brother, the Daylight from Alaska, had taken his place.
He peremptorily denied for example, that any whale could so smite his stout sloop-of-war as to cause her to leak so much as a thimbleful. Very good; but there is more coming.
"Yassir, enough to paint a whole thimbleful of 'em." At last her ramblings ceased altogether, and her countenance began to clear--a welcome sight to Tom, who had learned her moods, and knew she was on the threshold of good humor now.
Signs are small measurable things, but interpretations are illimitable, and in girls of sweet, ardent nature, every sign is apt to conjure up wonder, hope, belief, vast as a sky, and colored by a diffused thimbleful of matter in the shape of knowledge.
Then take a little powder, about a thimbleful, or perhaps two, and pour it into the barrel.
'Nunc vino pellite curas, Cras ingens iterabimus aequor,'" and the Bacchanalian, quoting the above with a House of Commons air, tossed off nearly a thimbleful of wine with an immense flourish of his glass.
Pickwick, and nodding to Sam, jerked it down his capacious throat as if it had been a small thimbleful.