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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Thumb \Thumb\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Thumbed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Thumbing}.]

1. To handle awkwardly. --Johnson.

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

3. 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. --Macaulay.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Thumb \Thumb\, noun [OE. thombe, thoumbe, [thorn]ume, AS. [thorn][=u]ma; akin to OFries. th[=u]ma, D. duim, G. daumen, OHG. d[=u]mo, Icel. [thorn]umall, Dan. tommelfinger, Sw. tumme, and perhaps to L. tumere to swell. [root]56. Cf. {Thimble}, {Tumid}.] 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. --Chaucer.

{Thumb band}, a twist of anything as thick as the thumb. --Mortimer.

{Thumb blue}, indigo in the form of small balls or lumps, used by washerwomen to blue linen, and the like.

{Thumb latch}, a door latch having a lever formed to be pressed by the thumb.

{Thumb mark}. (a) The mark left by the impression of a thumb, as on the leaves of a book. --Longfellow. (b) The dark spot over each foot in finely bred black and tan terriers.

{Thumb nut}, a nut for a screw, having wings to grasp between the thumb and fingers in turning it; also, a nut with a knurled rim for the same perpose.

{Thumb ring}, a ring worn on the thumb. --Shak.

{Thumb stall}. (a) A kind of thimble or ferrule of iron, or leather, for protecting the thumb in making sails, and in other work. (b) (Mil.) A buckskin cushion worn on the thumb, and used to close the vent of a cannon while it is sponged, or loaded.

{Under one's thumb}, completely under one's power or influence; in a condition of subservience. [Colloq.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Thumb \Thumb\, verb (used without an object) To play with the thumb or thumbs; to play clumsily; to thrum.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

thumb

noun

1: the thick short innermost digit of the forelimb [syn: {thumb}, {pollex}]

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

3: a convex molding having a cross section in the form of a quarter of a circle or of an ellipse [syn: {ovolo}, {thumb}, {quarter round}]

verb

1: travel by getting free rides from motorists [syn: {hitchhike}, {hitch}, {thumb}]

2: look through a book or other written material; "He thumbed through the report"; "She leafed through the volume" [syn: {flick}, {flip}, {thumb}, {riffle}, {leaf}, {riff}]

3: feel or handle with the fingers; "finger the binding of the book" [syn: {finger}, {thumb}]

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