thimble

Definitions

  • Homespun clothes were seldom discarded. The many pins, needles, and thimbles found reveal that mending was a never-ending chore for the busy housewife
    Homespun clothes were seldom discarded. The many pins, needles, and thimbles found reveal that mending was a never-ending chore for the busy housewife
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n thimble a small metal cap to protect the finger while sewing; can be used as a small container
    • n thimble as much as a thimble will hold
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

TILE THIMBLES TILE THIMBLES

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Thimble (Mech) A fixed or movable ring, tube, or lining placed in a hole.
    • Thimble A kind of cap or cover, or sometimes a broad ring, for the end of the finger, used in sewing to protect the finger when pushing the needle through the material. It is usually made of metal, and has upon the outer surface numerous small pits to catch the head of the needle.
    • Thimble (Naut) A ring of thin metal formed with a grooved circumference so as to fit within an eye-spice, or the like, and protect it from chafing.
    • Thimble (Mech) A tubular cone for expanding a flue; -- called ferrule in England.
    • Thimble (Mech) A tubular piece, generally a strut, through which a bolt or pin passes.
    • Thimble Any thimble-shaped appendage or fixure.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n thimble A ring or oval, made of steel with a concave section on the outside, and convex within, used to form the eye in the end of a wire rope when the latter is bent round the ring and the end spliced into the main part.
    • n thimble A cone of fat-free paper used in a fat-extraction apparatus.
    • n thimble A cup-shaped metal support for the handle of a tool in dental operations: it rests in the palm of the hand and is attached to a ring on the middle finger.
    • n thimble plural A trade-name for crude india-rubber from the lower Kongo and Loanda in small balls of a gray color, darker outside.
    • n thimble An implement used for pushing the needle in sewing, worn on one of the fingers, usually the middle finger of the right hand. It is generally bell-shaped, but as used in some trades is open at the end. The sailmakers' thimble (usually spelled thummel) consists of a kind of ring worn on the thumb, and having a small disk like the seal of a ring, with small depressions for the needle.
    • n thimble In mech., a sleeve, skein, tube, bushing, or ferrule used to join the ends of pipes, shafting, etc., or to fill an opening, expand a tube, cover an axle, etc. It is made in a variety of shapes, and is called thimble-joint, thimble-coupling, thimble-skein, etc. See cut under coupling.
    • n thimble Nautical, an iron or brass ring, concave on the outside so as to fit in a rope, block-strap, cringle, etc., and prevent chafe, as well as to preserve shape; also, an iron ring attached to the end of drag-ropes.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Thimble thim′bl a metal cover for the finger, used in sewing
    • v.i Thimble to cheat by such means
    • ***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. thimbil, AS. mel, fr. ma, a thumb. √56. See Thumb

Usage

In literature:

With thimble-riggers, chain-droppers, fortune-telling gipsies, and the like, the law wages a most unproductive war.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 443" by Various
I picked up everybody's spools and thimbles, and other far-rolling objects.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
Miss Unity picked up the thimble and fitted it absently on to the top of her own finger.
"Penelope and the Others" by Amy Walton
As the cake passed on from guest to guest, Betty cried out that she had found the thimble.
"The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor" by Annie Fellows Johnston
A thimbleful of powder behind a ball in a rifle will do more execution than a carload of powder unconfined.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Tim suggested that a thimbleful of rum would be mighty pleasant.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
A thimbleful to moisten our tongues would have been worth its bulk in gold.
"Salt Water" by W. H. G. Kingston
I wanted to fill the thimble; the soup burnt my fingers, and I let the thimble drop in.
"Masterman Ready" by Captain Frederick Marryat
They're about as big as a thimble, and two-thirds core.
"Prudence Says So" by Ethel Hueston
Strange was the position of this little Catholic metropolis, a thimbleful of Rome, in such a wild and contrary neighbourhood.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
***

In poetry:

"To seek it with thimbles, to seek it with care;
To pursue it with forks and hope;
To threaten its life with a railway-share;
To charm it with smiles and soap!
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
"To seek it with thimbles, to seek it with care;
To pursue it with forks and hope;
To threaten its life with a railway-share;
To charm it with smiles and soap!
"Fit The Fourth - The Hunting" by Lewis Carroll
But while he was seeking with thimbles and care,
A Bandersnatch swiftly drew nigh
And grabbed at the Banker, who shrieked in despair,
For he knew it was useless to fly.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care;
They pursued it with forks and hope;
They threatened its life with a railway-share;
They charmed it with smiles and soap.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
In winter when the corn's asleep, and birds are not in song.
And crocuses and violets have been away too long,
Dear Mother puts her thimble by in answer to my look,
And I cuddle up so closely when she reads the Fairy-book.
"The Fairy Book" by Norman Rowland Gale
The landlord allowed (with a smile) he was proud
To do the fair thing by that talented crowd
On the Rhine, generous Rhine.
So a thimble filled he as full as could be—
"Drink long and drink hearty, my jolly friends three,
Of my wine, filling wine."
"The Three Tailors" by Eugene Field

In news:

Swages, fish plates, thimble-eye bolts and double-coil lock-washers — these words probably don't mean much to those who are unfamiliar with challenge courses.
You may want to use a thimble so you don't poke yourself.
Success is using our thimble.
The owners of several properties in the Thimble Islands, Connecticut's tony archipelago, are listing two single-residence islands for sale.
The Thimbles don't discriminate: Any outcropping, even a vegetationally challenged mound submerged during high tide, can join the club.
In 1614, Dutch explorer Adriaen Block, the Magellan of Long Island Sound, discovered the area, adding the Thimbles to his collection of discoveries.
Mozilla launched Thimble , a new Mozilla Webmaker project to bring Web programming to beginners by making HTML coding "incredibly simple.".
Mozilla Thimble Makes HTML Coding Easy.
Big donors to fund Island Grown Initiative Thimble farm purchase.
Martha's Vineyard Farm Project drops plan to buy Thimble Farm.
Michael Bromwich says his oil industry savvy 'could fit in a thimble ' when he was named offshore drilling regulator.
Their club name – and the fabric stretched before the ladies who gather weekly at the Trimble County Extension Office – make it clear: The Trimble Thimbles is a quiliting group.
Nothing is more sad than a person alone for the holidays — it's the one time of year to place differences aside, put on your best silk kimono, and invite loved ones into your home for a thimble of Chambord.
Thimble removes many of the barriers for novice users trying to learn code , and includes a serie...
Mozilla launched Thimble, a new Mozilla Webmaker project to bring Web programming to beginners by making HTML coding "incredibly simple.".
***

In science:

Therefore, taking η so small that the disk Dη only contains 0 as critical value of the restriction, the set Σs is homotopy equivalent to the result of attaching to (det(H (fs ))|Σs )−1 (Dη ) the Lefschetz thimbles associated to the critical points of det(H (fs ))|Σs not contained in the zero level.
Topology of hypersurface singularities with 3-dimensional critical set
Any Lefschetz thimble Ck gives rise to a class [∂Ck ] ∈ H2 (det(H (fs ))−1 (Dξ ); Z).
Topology of hypersurface singularities with 3-dimensional critical set
The space M is obtained from X by gluing the preimage by π of several Lefschetz thimbles.
Topology of hypersurface singularities with 3-dimensional critical set
Recall that each Ci is the product of a Lefschetz thimble associated to a vanishing cycle of Bu = {det(H (fs ) = u} ∩ Σs with the homotopy-sphere Sn−4 , which is the fibre of the fibration (19).
Topology of hypersurface singularities with 3-dimensional critical set
The space Ci is the product of a Lefschetz thimble Li associated to a vanishing cycle Ci of Bu with the sphere Sn−4 , which is the homotopy-fibre of the fibration (19).
Topology of hypersurface singularities with 3-dimensional critical set
***