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

  • noun Any of numerous hand tools for boring holes.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To winnow.
  • Active; nimble.
  • To bore or perforate with or as with a wimble.
  • noun A gimlet.
  • noun In mining, an instrument by which the rub bish is extracted from a bore-hole: a kind of shell-auger. Some varieties of wimble, suit able for boring into soft clay, are called wim ble-scoops.
  • noun A marble-workers' brace for drilling holes in marble.

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

  • noun A gimlet.
  • noun A stonecutter's brace for boring holes in stone.
  • noun An auger used for boring in earth.
  • transitive verb To bore or pierce, as with a wimble.
  • adjective obsolete Active; nimble.

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

  • noun Any of various hand tools for boring holes.
  • verb transitive To truss hay with a wimble.
  • adjective obsolete active; nimble

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

  • noun hand tool for boring holes

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, probably from Middle Dutch wimmel; see weip- in Indo-European roots.]

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