thumb-nail

thumbnail

[thuhm-neyl]
noun
1.
the nail of the thumb.
2.
anything quite small or brief, as a small drawing or short essay.
3.
Printing. a small, rough dummy.
4.
Also called porkchop. Journalism, Printing. a half-column portrait in a newspaper.
adjective
5.
quite small or brief; concise: a thumbnail description of Corsica.
verb (used with object)
6.
to make a thumbnail sketch or description of.

Origin:
1595–1605; thumb + nail

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thumbnail (ˈθʌmˌneɪl)
 
n
1.  the nail of the thumb
2.  (modifier) concise and brief: a thumbnail sketch
3.  computing a small image which can be expanded

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