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thumb·nail

 (thŭm′nāl′)
n.
1. The nail of the thumb.
2. Computers An image of a graphic or document that is reduced in size so that it serves as an icon of a larger image. This allows multiple images to be viewed on a screen simultaneously or to be transmitted more rapidly.
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or of the size of a thumbnail.
2. Greatly reduced or limited in scale or scope: a thumbnail sketch; a thumbnail biography.
tr.v. thumb·nailed, thumb·nail·ing, thumb·nails Computers
To generate a reduced size image of (a graphic or document).
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thumbnail

(ˈθʌmˌneɪl)
n
1. (Anatomy) the nail of the thumb
2. (modifier) concise and brief: a thumbnail sketch.
3. (Computer Science) computing a small image which can be expanded
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thumb•nail

(ˈθʌmˌneɪl)

n.
1. the nail of the thumb.
2. anything quite small or brief, as a biographical sketch.
adj.
3. brief and concise: a thumbnail description of Corsica.
[1595–1605]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thumbnail - the nail of the thumbthumbnail - the nail of the thumb    
pollex, thumb - the thick short innermost digit of the forelimb
fingernail - the nail at the end of a finger
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thumbnail

adjective brief, short, concise, quick, compact, succinct, pithy thumbnail guides and all the tips on top destination
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Translations

thumbnail

[ˈθʌmneɪl]
A. Nuña f del pulgar
B. CPD thumbnail sketch Npequeño m esbozo
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

thumbnail

[ˈθʌmneɪl] nongle m du poucethumbnail sketch ncroquis m
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thumbnail

[ˈθʌmneɪl] nunghia del pollice
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

thumbnail

n. uña del pulgar.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

thumbnail

n uña del pulgar (de la mano)
English-Spanish/Spanish-English Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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'A thumbnail's space of garden would hold the treasure I bury, master,' said Riah.
The whole code of her laws may be written on the thumbnail, or the signet of a ring.
Tom took no notice of her, but took, instead, two or three hard peas out of his pocket, and shot them with his thumbnail against the window, vaguely at first, but presently with the distinct aim of hitting a superannuated blue-bottle which was exposing its imbecility in the spring sunshine, clearly against the views of Nature, who had provided Tom and the peas for the speedy destruction of this weak individual.
Here come two hundred as tight lads as ever twirled a shaft over their thumbnails. Hark to the dogs, how lustily they sing!"
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The new ThermaCAM[R] E65 from FLIR Systems is described as offering high-performance thermal sensitivity; visible and audible alarming; thumbnail image gallery; increased JPEG storage and automated text comment functionality.
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