Thimble meaning

thĭmbəl
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A small cap of metal, plastic, etc. worn as a protection on the finger that pushes the needle in sewing.
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A hard, usually pitted cup worn for protection on the finger that pushes the needle in sewing.
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Any of various tubular sockets or sleeves in machinery.
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Anything like this; esp., a metal ring with a groove on the outside, inserted in a loop of rope to add strength and prevent wear.
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(sewing) A pitted, now usually metal, cap for the fingers, used in sewing to push the needle.
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A similarly shaped socket in machinery.
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(nautical) A ring of metal or rope used in a ship's rigging; it is a protection against chafing.
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Origin of thimble

  • Middle English thimbil alteration of Old English thȳmel leather finger covering from thūma thumb teuə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English þȳmel, corresponding to thumb +"Ž -le.

    From Wiktionary