from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A utensil for pushing a needle by the action of the thumb, consisting of a plate or boss with small depressions like those of a thimble. Compare palm, 4.
- A case or sheath of leather or other substance to be worn on the thumb.
- A cushion or pad worn on the thumb by a gunner for protection when he closes the vent while the gun is being sponged after firing.
- A cot worn on the thumb by anglers to prevent blistering from the friction of the line while checking the too swift revolution of the reel.
- Same as pouncer, 1.
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He had hurt his thumb shelling seed corn, and his mother had made him a clean thumb-stall for Sabbath.
I hang up a couple of lights again) — or a fillet, or a thumb-stall, but it is seen or felt. —
"Ha!" cried Darrell, suddenly, as, approaching the threshold, he saw Mr. Fairthorn at the dining-room window occupied in nibbing a pen upon an ivory thumb-stall -- "I have hit it!