thimbleful NOUN a small quantity of something.

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  • Thimbleful — Thim ble*ful, n.; pl. {Thimblefuls}. As much as a thimble will hold; a very small quantity. [1913 Webster] For a thimbleful of golf, a thimbleful of love. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thimbleful — has the plural form thimblefuls. See ful …   Modern English usage

  • thimbleful — [thim′bəl fool΄] n. pl. thimblefuls 1. as much as a thimble will hold 2. a very small quantity …   English World dictionary

  • thimbleful — UK [ˈθɪmb(ə)lfʊl] / US [ˈθɪmb(ə)lˌfʊl] noun [countable] Word forms thimbleful : singular thimbleful plural thimblefuls a very small amount of something, especially a liquid …   English dictionary

  • thimbleful — noun Date: 1604 1. as much as a thimble will hold 2. a very small quantity < not a thimbleful of common sense > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • thimbleful —    an informal unit of volume, often used as a prototypical small amount in statements such as a thimbleful of matter from a neutron star would weigh 100 million tons. A thimble holds just about one cubic centimeter (or one milliliter) …   Dictionary of units of measurement

  • thimbleful — /thim beuhl fool /, n., pl. thimblefuls. 1. the amount that a thimble will hold. 2. a small quantity, esp. of liquid. [1600 10; THIMBLE + FUL] Usage. See ful. * * * …   Universalium

  • thimbleful — noun a) As much as a thimble will hold. b) A small amount of liquid, especially alcoholic spirits …   Wiktionary

  • thimbleful — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. trifle, pinch, dab; see bit 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • thimbleful — thim|ble|ful [ˈθımbəlful] n [C + of] informal a very small quantity of liquid …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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