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  • n. protective covering for an injured thumb

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Examples

  • The gunner had to stop the touchhole so that the rammer could not drive a jet of fresh air down the barrel and so ignite any scraps of remaining powder, and Hickson's old and blackened thumbstall betrayed how long he had been an artilleryman.

    Sharpe's Tiger

  • Hickson held the thumbstall close to his right eye to judge the neatness of his stitching.

    Sharpe's Tiger

  • Hickson was sewing up the frayed edge of his leather thumbstall which protected his hand when a cannon was swabbed out.

    Sharpe's Tiger

  • The sudden compression of air as the rammer thrust with the fleece could explode the residues of unburnt powder that was caked to the breech walls, so a gunner, wearing a leather thumbstall, pressed his thumb over the vent to stop the airflow.

    Sharpe's Waterloo

  • Sail-trimmer, and Pumpman; a primed candle for each battle-lantern; a thumbstall and vent-guard for the 1st and 2d Captains of each gun.

    Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy. 1866. Fourth edition.

  • The thumbstall has been made of various materials, but its use is somewhat inconvenient for the Gun Captain, and he cannot feel that the vent is stopped.

    Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy. 1866. Fourth edition.

  • No. 1, Commands; sees his gun cleared and cast loose; circles cleared and swept; tackles hooked; levers shipped; lock and sights in place; elevating apparatus, pivot-bolts, and compressors in working order; takes off lock-cover and hands it to 23, who lays it clear of circle: provides himself with waist-belt and primers, priming-wire, boring-bit, and thumbstall; and sees that all the gear and implements are ready for use, and the men at their respective stations.

    Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy. 1866. Fourth edition.

  • As my eye fell upon it, No. 1 was sponging out, No. 3, of course, having his thumbstall pressed upon the vent.

    Four years under Marse Robert,

  • "I thank ye," she said heartily, and pressing down the thumbstall of the latch, went in.

    Sir Gibbie

  • (furnished as directed in Article 150); provides himself with a priming-wire; puts on and secures his thumbstall; and sees that the gear and implements for the service of the gun are all in place and ready for use, and that the men are properly equipped.

    Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy. 1866. Fourth edition.

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  • (n): a covering of leather, for the thumb.

    January 16, 2009