from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plate-shaped appendage to the handle of a vessel, meant to receive the thumb of the hand that grasps it, and afford a good hold.
- n. The disk or button by pressing which a spring is opened.
- n. In needle-manuf., a piece of stout leather used to protect the hand in pressing the needle-blanks against a grindstone to form the points.
- n. On any piece of mechanism, a projection which is intended to be worked by the thumb.
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