wimble

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wimble hand tool for boring holes
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Wimble Active; nimble.
    • n Wimble An instrument for boring holes, turned by a handle. "It is but like the little wimble , to let in the greater auger."
    • v. t Wimble To bore or pierce, as with a wimble. "A foot soldier . . . wimbled also a hole through said coffin."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wimble A gimlet.
    • n wimble In mining, an instrument by which the rub bish is extracted from a bore-hole: a kind of shell-auger. Some varieties of wimble, suit able for boring into soft clay, are called wim ble-scoops.
    • n wimble A marble-workers' brace for drilling holes in marble.
    • wimble To bore or perforate with or as with a wimble.
    • wimble To winnow.
    • wimble Active; nimble.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Wimble wim′bl an instrument for boring holes, turned by a handle
    • v.t Wimble to bore through with such
    • adj Wimble wim′bl (Spens.) active, nimble.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Sw. vimmel,kantig giddy, whimsical, dial. Sw. vimmla, to be giddy or skittish, and E. whim,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sw. vimmel, giddy—vima, to be giddy; allied to whim.

Usage

In literature:

His hips, like a wimble.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
Will Wimble dabbled in this way, to his immortal honour.
"Table-Talk" by William Hazlitt
His hips, like a wimble.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book IV." by Francois Rabelais
And the wimble was so hot that it was as white as the whitest moon you ever saw.
"Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood" by George MacDonald
Suddenly a poignant pain seized him; he felt as though wimbles were drilling into his temples.
"Against The Grain" by Joris-Karl Huysmans
He made us a small double-headed maul, hammers, chisels, and a sort of gimblets or wimbles, which performed very well.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume X" by Robert Kerr
Steve knew him at once for Whitey Wimble.
"Man to Man" by Jackson Gregory
Mrs. Wimble Horn is hurrying down the street with an umbrella in one hand and Wimble in the other.
"Homeburg Memories" by George Helgesen Fitch
Back to the Mumbles, the Wimbles and Pimbles, and their clamorous voices again dinning in our ears.
"Eventide" by Effie Afton
Will Wimble is younger brother to a baronet, and descended of the ancient family of the Wimbles.
"The De Coverley Papers" by Joseph Addison and Others
Little Mrs Wimble came up in a hurry, looking scared.
"The Adventures of Don Lavington" by George Manville Fenn
Write a reply from Sir Roger to Will Wimble on receipt of the jack.
"Teachers' Outlines for Studies in English" by Gilbert Sykes Blakely
A wimble, or instrument for boring holes for bolts, tree-nails, and other purposes.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
And what is a "Sheffield wimble"?
"Christmas Eve and Christmas Day" by Edward E. Hale
Wimble uttered a little laugh that suggested disbelief.
"King of the Castle" by George Manville Fenn
Mr. Wimble knew this, but Mrs. Wimble remained uninformed.
"The Promise of Air" by Algernon Blackwood
Miss Wimble, the hollow-breasted cashieress, regarded him with sheep's-eyes.
"Turns about Town" by Robert Cortes Holliday
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