What Does Gimlet Mean?


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A gimlet is considered to be a hand tool that is used for drilling small holes, mostly in woods. Gwilt's Architecture has defined it as "a piece of steel of a semi-cylindrical form, hollow on one side, having a cross handle at one end and a worm or screw at the other". Initially when it is droved into a wood piece it forms a very small hole.

The word gimlet is derived form the Old French word guimbelet, and also the Old English word "wimble", and the Scandinavian wammie, which means to bore or twist. Today in modern French the word is come to be known as gibelet. It is also commonly known as something that is sharp or piercing. Another term that connects with the word gimlet is gimlet-eyed, which means sharp-eyed or squint-eyed.

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