Definitions

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

  • n. Any of numerous hand tools for boring holes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various hand tools for boring holes.
  • v. To truss hay with a wimble.
  • adj. active; nimble

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A gimlet.
  • n. A stonecutter's brace for boring holes in stone.
  • n. An auger used for boring in earth.
  • transitive v. To bore or pierce, as with a wimble.
  • adj. Active; nimble.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A gimlet.
  • n. In mining, an instrument by which the rub bish is extracted from a bore-hole: a kind of shell-auger. Some varieties of wimble, suit able for boring into soft clay, are called wim ble-scoops.
  • n. A marble-workers' brace for drilling holes in marble.
  • To bore or perforate with or as with a wimble.
  • To winnow.
  • Active; nimble.

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

  • n. hand tool for boring holes

Etymologies

Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, probably from Middle Dutch wimmel; see weip- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • [Illustration] "A wimble is a long tool, like a great gimlet, with a cross handle, with which you turn it like a screw.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood

  • ((Oxford English Dictionary) [21.13] A wimble is a auger or gimlet; apparently one can be large enough to bore holes in ground.

    Inventory of Robert Carter's Estate, November [1733]

  • To him the artificers who followed him owed the invention of the axe, the wedge, the wimble, and the carpenter's level, and his restless mind was ever busy with new inventions.

    A Book of Myths

  • A wimble of the same timber was then applied, the end of which they fitted to the hole.

    The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion

  • In some places three times three persons, in others three times nine, were required for turning round by turns the axle-tree or wimble.

    The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion

  • It may be mentioned that on some of the bindings of his quarto volumes the broken pitcher is transversed by the wimble or

    Printers' Marks A Chapter in the History of Typography

  • During the day he had bought a new tool-basket, cleaned up his old hay-knife and wimble, set himself up in fresh leggings, kneenaps and corduroys, and in other ways gone back to the working clothes of his young manhood, discarding for ever the shabby-genteel suit of cloth and rusty silk hat that since his decline had characterized him in the Casterbridge street as a man who had seen better days.

    The Mayor of Casterbridge

  • Now that Henchard's whole career was pictured distinctly to his neighbours, and they could see how admirably he had used his one talent of energy to create a position of affluence out of absolutely nothing -- which was really all he could show when he came to the town as a journeyman hay-trusser, with his wimble and knife in his basket -- they wondered and regretted his fall.

    The Mayor of Casterbridge

  • "I'll come and wimble for you instead of him, if you will allow me," said she.

    The Mayor of Casterbridge

  • At his back he carried by a looped strap a rush basket, from which protruded at one end the crutch of a hay-knife, a wimble for hay-bonds being also visible in the aperture.

    The Mayor of Casterbridge

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