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Definition of Thumb

  • The short, thick first digit of the human hand, differing from the other fingers in having but two phalanges; the pollex. See Pollex.
  • To handle awkwardly.
  • To play with the thumbs, or with the thumbs and fingers; as, to thumb over a tune.
  • To soil or wear with the thumb or the fingers; to soil, or wear out, by frequent handling; also, to cover with the thumb; as, to thumb the touch-hole of a cannon.
  • To play with the thumb or thumbs; to play clumsily; to thrum.
  • a convex molding having a cross section in the form of a quarter of a circle or of an ellipse
  • the part of a glove that provides a covering for the thumb
  • the thick short innermost digit of the forelimb
  • feel or handle with the fingers
  • travel by getting free rides from motorists
  • look through a book or other written material

How to use thumb in a sentence. Thumb pronunciation.

The doubled-up thumb, and straight, stiff finger, were _perfectly free_ and as _limber as ever_, and the stiff wrist joint _moved with perfect freedom!
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He loaded them with great care, adjusting the caps by pressing them lightly to the nipple with his thumb.
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Sometimes he could see her hand, the very texture of its skin, and the line of the thumb and the forefinger.
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I pounded my thumb the first day I tried, and the biggest blood-blister I ever saw grew; so I had to give up hammering.
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St. Serf cures him by putting his thumb into his mouth.
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You had to push your nib with the finger-nail so as to get the point of it over your opponent's, while he manoeuvred to prevent this and to get the point of his nib over the back of yours; when this result was achieved you breathed on the ball of your thumb, pressed it hard on the two nibs, and if you were able then to lift them without dropping either, both nibs became yours.
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One day it came to Philip's turn to translate, and the master sat there glaring at him and furiously biting his thumb.
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Foinet stood for a moment in front of Clutton's work, biting his thumb silently, then absent-mindedly spat out upon the canvas the little piece of skin which he had bitten off.
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She talked with much gesticulation of the thumb, and Philip, to whom all she said was new, listened with profound but bewildered interest.
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With an expressive, eloquent thumb Philip expatiated on the charming work.
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He held a thick envelope between his finger and thumb, as if the notice from the opera company had become in some way inseparably attached to it.
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Those elderly ladies, who sit on the edge of ballrooms sampling the stuff of humanity between finger and thumb and breathing so evenly that the necklaces, which rise and fall upon their breasts, seem to represent some elemental force, such as the waves upon the ocean of humanity, concluded, a little smilingly, that she would do.
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He was glad to see that Joshua looked good-tempered just now; he had evidently had the best of the argument which had been going on, for there was a gleam of triumph in his eye, and he repeating some assertion in a loud voice, while the landlord stood in a dejected attitude with his thumbs in his waistcoat pockets.
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Take the dress gracefully between fingers and thumb.
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He vaguely indicated with his thumb the far-distant battlement of the Roof of the World.
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Red was all too poor a word to apply to Mr. Rose's countenance as the shoemaker came toward them, feeling in his waist-coat pocket with hooked fingers and thumb, while Mr. Hogg's expressive features were twisted into an appearance of rosy appreciation.
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Laban slowly stroked his nose with his thumb and finger, a habit he had.
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He twisted his beard between his finger and thumb and regarded his grandson mildly.
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The hammer descended squarely on the nail, but not the nail in the brace, but the nail on her left thumb.
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He was crossing over to the barn, where he met Ruth still dressed in her overalls, her thumb tied up, coming into the barnyard with her cousin Edith.
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Examples of Thumb

Example #1
Could she move her hand?
Example #2
She _heard as well as anybody!
Example #3
That done, he lighted a cigar, and for half an hour the muffled beat of his regular tread sounded on the carpet of the gallery.
Example #4
Left alone, his master approached a cabinet curiously carved in the Italian style, and took from it a long flat ebony box.
Example #5
A cat had once scratched her hand, and she had told him about it.
Example #6
And then Nora's name came into his mind, and he meditated for a moment, seeing the colour of her hair and the vanishing expression of her eyes.