Definition of thimble in English:


Syllabification: thim·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈTHimbəl


1A metal or plastic cap with a closed end, worn to protect the finger and push the needle in sewing.
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  • Daily, a monitor or more advanced student, distributed to each girl in her class a pinafore to wear and a thimble, needle, thread, and materials for work.
  • To keep the nails in place, Ancient Egyptian embalmers sometimes either tied the nails to the fingers and toes, or covered them with metal thimbles.
  • Mary was sitting on the bed, tapping her foot and humming a tune as she set her needles, thimble, and thread into a sack.
1.1A short metal tube or ferrule.
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  • All the brass furniture including the buttplate, sideplate, ramrod thimbles, trigger guard, and patchbox were hand polished bright.
  • It rests in a stainless-steel thimble screwed to the bottom of the barrel.
  • First produced in 1876, it's immediately recognizable by the wiping rod held in thimbles beneath the barrel.
1.2 Nautical A metal ring, concave on the outside, around which a loop of rope is spliced.


Old English thȳmel 'finger protector' (see thumb, -le1.).

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