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Etymology[edit]

thumb + nail. The phrase thumbnail sketch was first attested 1852. Verb sense attested 1930s.

Noun[edit]

thumbnail (plural thumbnails)

  1. The fingernail on the thumb.
  2. A rough sketch (e.g., the size of one's thumbnail).
  3. (chiefly computing) A small picture, used as a compact representation of a larger image.

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Verb[edit]

thumbnail (third-person singular simple present thumbnails, present participle thumbnailing, simple past and past participle thumbnailed)

  1. (transitive) To describe concisely.

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