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Definition of 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

The fingers must be educated, the thumb is born knowing.
Marc Chagall

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

I was a very quiet, shy child. I grew up in a small town, Louisville, Kentucky, and there weren't too many Hawaiian-Filipino girls, so I stuck out like a sore thumb. I didn't look like everyone else and didn't feel I belonged... But these things only build character and make you stronger. It taught me to grow into the woman I was to become.
Nicole Scherzinger

In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God's existence.
Isaac Newton
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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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