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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small natural indentation in the flesh on a part of the human body, especially in the cheek or on the chin.
  • n. A slight depression or indentation in a surface.
  • intransitive v. To form dimples by smiling.
  • transitive v. To produce dimples in.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small depression or indentation in a surface.
  • n. Specifically, a small natural depression on the skin, especially on the face near the corners of the mouth.
  • v. To create a dimple in.
  • v. To create a dimple in one's face by smiling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A slight natural depression or indentation on the surface of some part of the body, esp. on the cheek or chin.
  • n. A slight indentation on any surface.
  • intransitive v. To form dimples; to sink into depressions or little inequalities.
  • transitive v. To mark with dimples or dimplelike depressions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A natural or transient dent or small hollow in some soft part of the surface of the human body, most common in youth, produced especially in the cheek by the act of smiling, and hence regarded in that situation as a sign of joyousness or good humor.
  • n. A slight depression or indentation on any surface, as on water when slightly agitated.
  • To form dimples; sink into depressions or little inequalities.
  • To mark with dimples; produce dimples in: as, a smile dimpled her cheeks.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any slight depression in a surface
  • n. a small natural hollow in the cheek or chin
  • v. produce dimples while smiling
  • v. mark with, or as if with, dimples
  • n. a chad that has been punched or dimpled but all four corners are still attached

Etymologies

Middle English dimpel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English dympull, akin to Old High German tumphilo 'whirlpool' and Old English dyppan 'to dip' (Wiktionary)

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