The thumb is the first digit of the hand. When a person is standing in the medical anatomical position (where the palm is facing to the front), the thumb is the outermost digit. The Medical Latin English noun for thumb is pollex (compare hallux for big toe), and the corresponding adjective for thumb is pollical.
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... There is little difference between the general plot outline of Tom Thumb and The Tragedy of Tragedies, but Fielding does make significant changes ... removed a scene in which two doctors discuss Tom Thumb's death, and in doing so unified the type of satire that he was working on ... The ghost of Tom in Tom Thumb is replaced by the ghost of Gaffar Thumb, Tom's father ...
... (which use just less than half of the fingerboard, nearest the top of the instrument), the thumb rests on the back of the neck ... However, in thumb position, the thumb usually rests alongside the fingers on the string and the side of the thumb is used to play notes, along with the other left-hand ... Thumb position can be, and is (by virtue of the requirements of the extensive repertoire) employed many times, and not only in the higher range of the instrument ...
... In music performance and education, thumb position, not a traditional position, is a stringed instrument playing technique used to facilitate playing in the upper register of ... his or her hand out from behind the neck and curves the hand, using the side of the thumb to press down the string in effect, the side of the thumb becomes a movable nut (capo) ...
... also known as The Tragedy of Tragedies or, The Life and Death of Tom Thumb the Great, is a play by Henry Fielding ... Additionally, in a reaction to the view that Tom Thumb was a burlesque, Fielding replaced some of the humor in favor of biting satire ...
... Many animals also have some kind of opposable thumb or toe ... animal species is said to have opposable thumbs if the thumb is capable of bending in such a way that it can touch all the other digits on the hand or foot ... Most species do not have opposable thumbs ...
More definitions of "thumb":
- (verb): Feel or handle with the fingers.
- (noun): A convex molding having a cross section in the form of a quarter of a circle or of an ellipse.
Synonyms: ovolo, quarter round
- (noun): The thick short innermost digit of the forelimb.
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