Definition of thumbnail in English:


Syllabification: thumb·nail
Pronunciation: /ˈTHəmˌnāl


  • 1The nail of the thumb.
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    • The body might be the length approximately, or slightly more than the length of an adult thumbnail, the legs obviously make the spider a little bit bigger than that.
    • The point of entry can be marked with an impression from a thumbnail, a needle cap, or an indelible ink pen.
    • In the centre we find a brown seed the size of your thumbnail, elongated and glabrous as river stone.
  • 2 [usually as modifier] A very small or concise description, representation, or summary: a thumbnail sketch
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    • Here is a thumbnail sketch of the history of NHL expansion.
    • Should a critic drop her defences in the face of soft journalism, thumbnail description and popular explanation?
    • Based on that thumbnail description, it sounds more like a classic ‘lone assassin’ than an Islamist plot.
    concise, short, brief, succinct, to the point, compact, crisp, short and sweet, quick, rapid; miniature, mini, small
  • 2.1 Computing A small picture of an image or page layout.
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    • Most notably, Mirra will also soon provide thumbnail images next to picture files stored on its server.
    • A successful search displays a page of thumbnail images, which represent a product line.
    • Google gives you a thumbnail image of some Web pages, but it is too small to be of much use.

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