from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The short thick digit of the human hand, next to the index finger and opposable to each of the other four digits.
- n. A corresponding digit in other animals, especially primates. Also called pollex.
- n. The part of a glove or mitten that covers the thumb.
- n. Architecture An ovolo.
- transitive v. To scan (written matter) by turning over pages with or as if with the thumb.
- transitive v. To disarrange, soil, or wear by careless or frequent handling.
- transitive v. Informal To solicit (a ride) from a passing vehicle by signaling with the thumb.
- intransitive v. To scan written matter by turning over pages with or as if with the thumb: thumbed through the latest issue of the magazine.
- intransitive v. Informal To hitchhike.
- idiom all thumbs Lacking physical coordination, skill, or grace; clumsy.
- idiom thumb (one's) nose To express scorn or ridicule by or as if by placing the thumb on the nose and wiggling the fingers.
- idiom thumbs down An expression of rejection, refusal, or disapproval.
- idiom thumbs up An expression of approval, success, or hope.
- idiom under (one's) thumb Under the control of someone; subordinate to.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The short thick digit of the hand that for humans has the most mobility and can be made to oppose (moved to touch) all of the other fingers.
- n. The part of a slider that may be moved linearly along the slider.
- n. A thumbnail picture.
- v. To touch with the thumb.
- v. To turn the pages of (a book) in order to read it cursorily.
- v. To hitchhike
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The short, thick first digit of the human hand, differing from the other fingers in having but two phalanges; the pollex. See pollex.
- transitive v. To handle awkwardly.
- transitive v. To play with the thumbs, or with the thumbs and fingers.
- transitive v. To soil or wear with the thumb or the fingers; to soil, or wear out, by frequent handling; also, to cover with the thumb.
- intransitive v. To play with the thumb or thumbs; to play clumsily; to thrum.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In geology, a columnar projection of eruptive rock.
- To cover with the thumb, as the vent of a muzzle-loading cannon.
- n. The shortest and thickest finger of the human hand; the pollex; the first digit of the hand, on the radial side, next to the index or forefinger.
- n. The inner, radial, or first digit of the fore paw of any animal. When there are five digits, the first of these always corresponds to the human thumb; otherwise not.
- n. The movable radial digit of a bird's manus or pinion, which bears the packet of feathers called the alula or bastard wing, and which is usually movable apart from the rest of the bones.
- n. The thumb of the foot; the hallux; the inner digit of the foot, called the great toe in man.
- n. The hind toe of a bird (except a three-toed woodpecker); the hallux; when there are two hind toes, the inner one of these (except in trogons).
- To handle or perform awkwardly: as, to thumb over a tune.
- To soil or wear out with much handling; hence, to use, read, or turn over the pages of (as a book).
- To turn (one's glass) over the thumb: an old custom when persons were drinking together, intending to show that the glass had been emptied so that the small drop remaining would lie on the thumb-nail without running off. Compare supernaculum.
- n. Palpitation of the heart in domestic animals, as the horse, the result of functional or organic disease. See palpitation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. feel or handle with the fingers
- n. the part of a glove that provides a covering for the thumb
- n. a convex molding having a cross section in the form of a quarter of a circle or of an ellipse
- v. travel by getting free rides from motorists
- n. the thick short innermost digit of the forelimb
- v. look through a book or other written material
Medical science has proved that there is such a thing as a "thumb centre" in the brain and any pressure or disease in that part of the brain _shows its effect in the thumb_.
_] An expression of contempt or insult, which consisted in thrusting the thumb between two of the closed fingers, or into the mouth; whence _Bite the thumb_.
The last photo in the thumb is his – great shot ….
Under my thumb is the squirmin 'dog who's just had her day.
Every time she goes to sea she makes a pied-de-nez, what you call thumb to the nose, to all your English cruisers.
My rule of thumb is to never take a shot that you have not practiced and had some measure of success with.
My rule of thumb is to try to read the query or partial like an agent/editor.
I guess my rule of thumb is that the period detail I include must be essential to the story, whether in terms of straight plot or in terms of atmosphere and/or character development.
The first rule of online dating rules-of-thumb is not to talk about your online dating rules-of-thumb.
A good rule of thumb is that something long considered torture and which your country has prosecuted as torture in the past