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Thumb vs. Thumby

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Thumbnoun

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.

Thumbynoun

(slang) A little thumb; diminutive term for thumb

Thumbnoun

(computing) The part of a slider that may be moved linearly along the slider.

Thumbyadjective

Clumsy, awkward, maladroit, not dextrous, all thumbs

Thumbnoun

A thumbnail picture.

Thumbyadjective

Dirtied by thumb marks

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Thumbverb

(transitive) To touch or cover with the thumb.

‘to thumb the touch-hole of a cannon’;

Thumbverb

To turn the pages of (a book) in order to read it cursorily.

‘I thumbed through the book and decided not to bother reading it all.’;

Thumbverb

(travel) To hitchhike

‘So I started thumbin' back east, toward my hometown.’;

Thumbverb

To soil or wear with the thumb or the fingers; to soil, or wear out, by frequent handling.

Thumbverb

To manipulate (an object) with the thumb; especially, to pull back the hammer or open the cylinder of a revolver.

Thumbnoun

The short, thick first digit of the human hand, differing from the other fingers in having but two phalanges; the pollex. See Pollex.

‘Upon his thumb he had of gold a ring.’;

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Thumbverb

To handle awkwardly.

Thumbverb

To play with the thumbs, or with the thumbs and fingers; as, to thumb over a tune.

Thumbverb

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.

‘He gravely informed the enemy that all his cards had been thumbed to pieces, and begged them to let him have a few more packs.’;

Thumbverb

To play with the thumb or thumbs; to play clumsily; to thrum.

Thumbnoun

the thick short innermost digit of the forelimb

Thumbnoun

the part of a glove that provides a covering for the thumb

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Thumbnoun

a convex molding having a cross section in the form of a quarter of a circle or of an ellipse

Thumbverb

travel by getting free rides from motorists

Thumbverb

look through a book or other written material;

‘He thumbed through the report’; ‘She leafed through the volume’;

Thumbverb

feel or handle with the fingers;

‘finger the binding of the book’;

Thumbnoun

the short, thick first digit of the human hand, set lower and apart from the other four and opposable to them.

Thumbnoun

the digit of primates or other mammals that corresponds to the human thumb.

Thumbnoun

the part of a glove that covers the thumb.

Thumbverb

press, move, or touch (something) with one's thumb

‘as soon as she thumbed the button, the door slid open’;

Thumbverb

use one's thumb to indicate something

‘he thumbed towards the men behind him’;

Thumbverb

turn over (pages) with or as if with one's thumb

‘he was thumbing throughUSA Today for the umpteenth time’; ‘I've thumbed my address book and found quite a range of smaller hotels’;

Thumbverb

wear or soil (a book's pages) by repeated handling

‘his dictionaries were thumbed and ink-stained’;

Thumbverb

request or obtain (a free ride in a passing vehicle) by signalling with one's thumb

‘three cars passed me and I tried to thumb a lift’; ‘he was thumbing his way across France’;

Thumb

The thumb is the first finger of the hand, next to the index finger. When a person is standing in the medical anatomical position (where the palm is facing to the front), the thumb is the outermost finger.

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