American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A useful principle having wide application but not intended to be strictly accurate or reliable in every situation.
- n. A general guideline, rather than a strict rule; an approximate measure or means of reckoning based on experience or common knowledge.
- n. attributive, usually hyphenated Approximated, guesstimated.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. any rude process or operation, like that of using the thumb as a rule in measuring; hence, judgment and practical experience as distinguished from scientific knowledge.
- n. a rule or principle that provides guidance to appropriate behavior
“Using the rough rule of thumb that one gets about a tenth of whatever you put into the boiler out as distillate, 3,000 gallons means this operation was producing 300 gallons of alcohol at a time, which would add up to 600 gallons of 100-proof white lightning.”
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