hitch vs thumb what difference

what is difference between hitch and thumb

English

Etymology

Probably from Middle English hicchen, hytchen, icchen (to move; to move as with a jerk), of obscure origin. Lacks cognates in other languages. Compare itch, hike.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /hɪtʃ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪtʃ

Noun

hitch (plural hitches)

  1. A sudden pull.
  2. Any of various knots used to attach a rope to an object other than another rope.
  3. A fastener or connection point, as for a trailer.
  4. (informal) A problem, delay or source of difficulty.
  5. A hidden or unfavorable condition or element.
    Synonym: catch
  6. (military, slang) A period of time spent in the military.
    • 2004, June 3, Stephen J. Hedges & Mike Dorning, Chicago Tribune; Orlando Sentinel; page pg. A.1
      U.S. TROOPS FACE LONGER ARMY HITCH; SOLDIERS BOUND FOR IRAQ, … WILL BE RETAINED

Hyponyms

  • Magnus hitch
  • midshipman’s hitch
  • rigger’s hitch
  • rolling hitch
  • taut-line hitch
  • tent-line hitch

Translations

Verb

hitch (third-person singular simple present hitches, present participle hitching, simple past and past participle hitched)

  1. (transitive) To pull with a jerk.
  2. (transitive) To attach, tie or fasten.
    Synonyms: affix, join, put together; see also Thesaurus:join
  3. (informal) To marry oneself to; especially to get hitched.
    Synonyms: splice, wed; see also Thesaurus:marry
  4. (informal, transitive) Clipping of hitchhike, to thumb a ride.
  5. (intransitive) To become entangled or caught; to be linked or yoked; to unite; to cling.
    • atoms [] which at length hitched together
  6. (intransitive) To move interruptedly or with halts, jerks, or steps; said of something obstructed or impeded.
    • To ease themselves [] by hitching into another place.
  7. (Britain) To strike the legs together in going, as horses; to interfere.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)

Translations

Derived terms

  • hitch one’s wagon to a star
  • unhitch
  • unhitched

Further reading

  • hitch on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • List of hitch knots on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

References



English

Alternative forms

  • thum, thume, thumbe (all obsolete)

Etymology

From Middle English thombe, thoume, thoumbe, from Old English þūma, from Proto-Germanic *þūmô (compare West Frisian tomme, Dutch duim, Low German Duum, German Daumen, Danish tomme, Swedish tumme), from Proto-Indo-European *tūm- (to grow) (compare Welsh tyfu (to grow), Latin tumēre (to swell), Lithuanian tumėti (to thicken, clot), Ancient Greek τύμβος (túmbos, burial mound), Avestan ????????????????(amūt, strong), Sanskrit तुम्र (túmra, strong, thick)). The parasitic ‐b has existed since the late 13th century.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /θʌm/
  • Rhymes: -ʌm

Noun

thumb (plural thumbs)

  1. The short thick digit of the hand that for humans has the most mobility and can be made to oppose (moved to touch) all of the other fingers.
  2. (graphical user interface) The part of a slider that may be moved linearly along the slider.
  3. (colloquial, Internet) A thumbnail picture.
    • 2001, “Gary”, Wanna See Porn? Take a Look At These (Free Expandable Thumbs) – CLICK HERE (on newsgroup alt.sex.services)

Synonyms

  • (digit): pollex, digit I, first digit (anatomy) ; thumby (colloquial)

Hypernyms

  • (digit): digit, finger

Hyponyms

  • (digit): opposable thumb

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

thumb (third-person singular simple present thumbs, present participle thumbing, simple past and past participle thumbed)

  1. (transitive) To touch or cover with the thumb.
  2. (transitive, with through) To turn the pages of (a book) in order to read it cursorily.
  3. (travel) To hitchhike
    • 1969, Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, “Me and Bobby McGee”:
      Bobby thumbed a diesel down, just before it rained.
    • 1980, Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan, “Smoky Mountain Rain”:
      Thumbed a diesel down, outside a cafe.
  4. To soil or wear with the thumb or the fingers; to soil, or wear out, by frequent handling.
  5. To manipulate (an object) with the thumb; especially, to pull back the hammer or open the cylinder of a revolver.
  6. To fire (a single action revolver) quickly by pulling the hammer while keeping the trigger depressed.
    • 2011, by Hans-Christian Vortisch, GURPS Tactical Shooting, pg 14
      To thumb a single-action revolver, hold down the trigger and use the thumb on the same hand to fire the gun by manipulating the hammer.

Synonyms

  • (to turn pages): browse, leaf, page, peruse

Derived terms

Related terms

  • (firing a single action revolver via hammer flicks while trigger is held down) fanning (using opposite hand instead of thumb)

Translations

References


Albanian

Alternative forms

  • thumbi, thump

Etymology

From *thon ((finger)nail) (modern thua). More at thua.

Noun

thumb m (indefinite plural thumba)

  1. stinger (of a bee)
  2. thorn, prick
  3. bell clapper, tongue (of bell)
  4. tack, thumbtack, shoe tack (spike)
  5. point of arrowhead, spiked tip of a goad or prod

Derived terms

  • thumbull

Middle English

Alternative forms

  • þumb

Noun

thumb (plural thumbes)

  1. Alternative form of þombe (thumb)

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