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English noun: thumb

1. thumb (body) the thick short innermost digit of the forelimb


Broader (hypernym)finger

Part holonymmusculus abductor pollicis, thumbnail

2. thumb (artifact) the part of a glove that provides a covering for the thumb

Broader (hypernym)covering

Part meronymglove

3. thumb (artifact) a convex molding having a cross section in the form of a quarter of a circle or of an ellipse

Synonymsovolo, quarter round

Broader (hypernym)molding, moulding

Narrower (hyponym)echinus

English verb: thumb

1. thumb (motion) travel by getting free rides from motorists

Synonymshitch, hitchhike

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)ride

2. thumb (perception) look through a book or other written material

SamplesHe thumbed through the report.
She leafed through the volume.

Synonymsflick, flip, leaf, riff, riffle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)peruse

3. thumb (contact) feel or handle with the fingers

SamplesFinger the binding of the book.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)touch

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