Meaning of thimble

thim•ble

Pronunciation: (thim'bul), [key]
— n.
  1. a small cap, usually of metal, worn over the fingertip to protect it when pushing a needle through cloth in sewing.
  2. any of various similar devices or attachments.
  3. a metal ring with a concave groove on the outside, used to line the outside of a ring of rope forming an eye.
  4. a sleeve of sheet metal passing through the wall of a chimney, for holding the end of a stovepipe or the like.
  5. a thimble-shaped printing element with raised characters on the exterior: used in a type of electronic typewriter or computer printer
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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