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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A very small quantity.
  • noun The amount that a thimble can hold.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun As much as a thimble will hold; hence, a very small quantity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun As much as a thimble will hold; a very small quantity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun As much as a thimble will hold.
  • noun by extension A small amount of liquid, especially alcoholic spirits.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun as much as a thimble will hold

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  • A unit of measure often used to describe a very small amount. A thimble holds just about one cubic centimeter (1 milliliter).

    November 6, 2007