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[thuhm-neyl] /ˈθʌmˌneɪl/
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
1595-1605; thumb + nail
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British Dictionary definitions for thumb-nail

thumbnail

/ˈθʌmˌneɪl/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for thumb-nail

thumbnail

n.

c.1600, from thumb (n.) + nail (n.). Meaning "drawing or sketch of a small size" (though usually not lierally the size of a thumbnail) is from 1852.

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