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thimble

1. any small metal cap resembling this
2. Nautical a loop of metal having a groove at its outer edge for a rope or cable, for lining the inside of an eye
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thimble

[′thim·bəl]
(computer science)
A cone-shaped, rotating printing element on an impact printer having character slugs around the perimeter and a hammer that drives the appropriate slug forward to print the impression on paper.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

thimble

thimble, 1
1. A protective sleeve of metal which passes through the wall of a chimney to hold the end of a stovepipe or smoke pipe.
2. The socket or bearing attached to an escutcheon plate in which the end of the knob shank rotates.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
References in classic literature ?
Then he pressed a last thimble on her sweet little mouth, and covered his face with his hands so that he might not see her go.
"In such times as we had before these vile republicans drove all the strangers from Paris, and when our commerce was good," she said, "I might have offered seven francs and a half for that thimble; but, as things are now, the last sou I can think of giving is five francs."
"Perhaps, mademoiselle, they might give that much at the mint, for there they coin money; but, in this shop, no one will give more than five francs for that thimble."
Had Adrienne been longer in communion with a cold and heartless world, she would not have submitted to this piece of selfish extortion; but, inexperienced, and half frightened by the woman's manner, she begged the pittance offered as a boon, dropped her thimble, and made a hasty retreat.
The February talk was given by Julie Dickman one of the Guild members on the subject of "Thimbles" Julie had brought about 50 of her collection of over 1,000 thimbles and she gave an enthralled group the stories and history behind her collection ,a large part of which was themed ie Harry Potter.
Like thimbles, they have been around since ancient times but, for our purposes, a little luck will turn up some amusing Victorian pairs for the sewing table.
Q My large collection (about 500) of thimbles are mostly china and metal.
One innovation I tried this season is to use "thimbles." About a thimble full of sawdust spawn is attached to a styrofoam disc.
CUTLINE: Gina Brooks, left, and Sue Arena, right, Thimbles Pleasures fundraising committeewomen, present Susan Patterson of Ovations for the Cure with a check for $1,896.
As part of her course work Esther came up with a mathematical equation and matched them to three silver thimbles, representing the difficulties that people face with Asperger Syndrome.
He spends up to four hours a day cleaning and arranging the pounds 40,000 stockpile, including 15,000 ornaments, 4,800 thimbles, 1,000 fridge magnets and 300 pictures.