|1.||a cap of metal, plastic, etc, used to protect the end of the finger when sewing|
|2.||any small metal cap resembling this|
|3.||nautical a loop of metal having a groove at its outer edge for a rope or cable, for lining the inside of an eye|
|4.||short for thimbleful|
|[Old English thӯmel thumbstall, from thūma|
small, bell-shaped implement designed to protect the end of the finger when sewing. Among the earliest known thimbles, dating from before AD 79, were those made of bronze and found at Pompeii and Herculaneum. Modern thimbles are almost exclusively produced in plastic or soft metals. Purely decorative thimbles are produced in an endless variety of materials and forms as collectibles.
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