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dimple

[dim-puh l] /ˈdɪm pəl/
noun
1.
a small, natural hollow area or crease, permanent or transient, in some soft part of the human body, especially one formed in the cheek in smiling.
2.
any similar slight depression.
verb (used with object), dimpled, dimpling.
3.
to mark with or as if with dimples; produce dimples in:
A smile dimpled her face.
4.
Metalworking.
  1. to dent (a metal sheet) so as to permit use of bolts or rivets with countersunk heads.
  2. to mark (a metal object) with a drill point as a guide for further drilling.
verb (used without object), dimpled, dimpling.
5.
to form or show dimples.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English dimpel, Old English *dympel; cognate with German Tümpel pool
Related forms
dimply, adjective
undimpled, adjective
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Examples from the web for dimples
  • The dimples on its surface can double or triple the distance the ball travels.
  • To find shad, look for dimples on the water's surface or for large groups of fish on your depth finder.
  • Sprinkle oil over the dough, allowing some to run into dimples.
  • There were still lawsuits to be resolved, dimples to be pondered and public relations salvos to be fired.
  • Even when he's grinning and his face has collapsed into dimples and crinkles, there's something hidden away.
  • Their bodies are elegantly crafted and minutely sculpted with dimples and ridges.
  • Hatches of mayflies during the summer brings the surface alive with the dimples of rising fish.
  • We call them dimples, but actually they are tiny bumps.
  • While not all treated wood is dimpled, all wood that has dimples is treated wood.
  • These ride on top of the water, with only their feet making dimples in the surface film.
British Dictionary definitions for dimples

dimple

/ˈdɪmpəl/
noun
1.
a small natural dent or crease in the flesh, esp on the cheeks or chin
2.
any slight depression in a surface
3.
a bubble or dent in glass
verb
4.
to make or become dimpled
5.
(intransitive) to produce dimples by smiling
Derived Forms
dimply, adjective
Word Origin
C13 dympull; compare Old English dyppan to dip, German Tümpel pool
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Word Origin and History for dimples

dimple

n.

c.1400, perhaps existing in Old English as a word meaning "pothole," perhaps ultimately from Proto-Germanic *dumpilaz, which has yielded words in other languages meaning "small pit, little pool" (e.g. German Tümpel "pool," Middle Low German dümpelen, Dutch dompelen "to plunge"). Related: Dimples.

v.

1570s (implied in dimpled), from dimple (n.).

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dimples in Medicine

dimple dim·ple (dĭm'pəl)
n.

  1. A small natural indentation in the chin, cheek, or sacral region, probably due to some developmental fault in the subcutaneous connective tissue or in underlying bone.

  2. A depression of similar appearance resulting from trauma or the contraction of scar tissue.


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