from The Century Dictionary.

  • A utensil for pushing a needle by the action of the thumb, consisting of a plate or boss with small depressions like those of a thimble. Compare palm, 4.
  • A case or sheath of leather or other substance to be worn on the thumb.
  • A cushion or pad worn on the thumb by a gunner for protection when he closes the vent while the gun is being sponged after firing.
  • A cot worn on the thumb by anglers to prevent blistering from the friction of the line while checking the too swift revolution of the reel.
  • Same as pouncer, 1.


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