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Definition of Thumb

Thumb

  1. The short, thick first digit of the human hand, differing from the other fingers in having but two phalanges; the pollex. See Pollex.
  2. To handle awkwardly.
  3. To play with the thumbs, or with the thumbs and fingers; as, to thumb over a tune.
  4. 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.
  5. To play with the thumb or thumbs; to play clumsily; to thrum.

Thumb Quotations

Start with God - the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.
King Solomon

It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.
Neil Armstrong

Computers seem a little too adaptively flexible, like the strange natives, odd societies, and head cases we study in the social sciences. There's more opposable thumb in the digital world than I care for; it's awfully close to human.
P. J. O'Rourke

I put up my thumb and it blotted out the planet Earth.
Neil Armstrong

For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. Bricks to all greenhouses! Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!
Edward Abbey
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Thumb Translations

thumb in Afrikaans is duim
thumb in Danish is tommelfinger
thumb in Dutch is duim
thumb in Finnish is peukalo
thumb in French is pouce
thumb in German is Daumen, dumm
thumb in Italian is pollice
thumb in Latin is pollex
thumb in Norwegian is tommelfinger
thumb in Portuguese is polegar
thumb in Spanish is dedo pulgar, pulgar
thumb in Swedish is tumme

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