A pitted, now usually metal, cap for the fingers, used in sewing to push the needle. (noun)
A similarly shaped socket in machinery. (noun)
A thimbleful. (noun)
A ring of metal or rope used in a ship's rigging; it is a protection against chafing. (noun)
Examples of word thimble
Grandpa worries that your thimble is the size of your brain â€¦.
The black raspberry, which we called thimble berry, was found along the stone walls, but was not abundant.
BTW in the picture above, you can see I pinned the pleats to the middle zipper section: I had to sew them by hand (and sewing through naughahyde without a thimble is rough, I'll tell you!).
Here and there cluster flocks of light, portable booths, each also with a swaying lantern, where steaming tea is sold in thimble-cups; where saki may be drunk hot and hot, poured from long-necked porcelain bottles, or trays of queer, toothsome-looking sweetmeats are to be had for coins of infinitesimal value.
A thimble could be a tailor or someone with a thimble fetish.