Definition of dimple in English:



  • 1A small depression in the flesh, either one that exists permanently or one that forms in the cheeks when one smiles.

    • ‘‘Because we have the whole house to ourselves,’ I kissed his cheek and felt the dimples from his smile.’
    • ‘But when a smile does light her face, her eyes shine and dimples appear in her cheeks’
    • ‘A slight smile crinkled a partial dimple into his cheek.’
    • ‘She has a pretty face with full lips and a dimple in her right cheek.’
    • ‘The guy speaking was very normal looking - fairly attractive, slim, dark hair, dark eyes - thin face but high cheek bones and dimples saved it from looking too ascetic.’
    • ‘A smile blossomed across her face, charming dimples showing in her cheeks.’
    • ‘This month I have memorized the curve of your smile, the dimples in your cheeks and forehead, the point at which the curls at the back of your head meet your neck.’
    • ‘A knowing smile brought out the dimples in Lance's cheeks, reminding him of Tara and making him wonder how two people could be so different.’
    • ‘He wasn't smiling, but the dimple in his cheek gave him that impression.’
    • ‘The smile stretched pink generous lips and produced a dimple on his left cheek.’
    • ‘The shape of your body, the adorable dimples on your cheeks, the amazing texture of your hair - those are yours to keep.’
    • ‘‘Hi,’ she said pleasantly, smiling at him with two dimples on her cheeks.’
    • ‘Instinctively, he smiled, revealing a dimple in his left cheek.’
    • ‘She studied his lips and nose, his dimples as he smile softly.’
    • ‘Ryan glanced at me and smiled, the dimple in his cheek visible.’
    • ‘Her eyes were a deep violet-blue colour, and she had little freckles dusted across the bridge of her nose and cheeks, which had the cutest dimples when she smiled.’
    • ‘When he laughed, revealing a beautiful white smile and a dimple on his left cheek, Nora positively melted.’
    • ‘The little girl had a pudgy little face and dimples on her cheeks whenever she smiled.’
    • ‘She was quite tall, with long, blonde, braided hair, dimples in her cheeks and a dazzling smile.’
    • ‘Her smile cut deep dimples into each cheek and revealed pretty white teeth.’
    1. 1.1A slight depression in the surface of an object.
      [as modifier] ‘a new golf ball, with a different dimple pattern’
      • ‘What he has found is that the spiders row across the water's surface by using the dimples their legs make in it.’
      • ‘Standing against the front wall of the house, under the eaves and hard up against a projection to avoid the worst of the wind, I watched the surface of the water dimple, just a little at first, and then more and more.’
      • ‘They're worried about the dimples - these are the indentations - not the perforations of the ballots.’
      • ‘The dimples on its surface can double or triple the distance the ball travels.’
      • ‘These will just be little dents or dimples on the base left by contact with the ejector.’
      • ‘With floured fingertips, make dimples in the surface of each disc.’
      • ‘A fine dimple network was observed in the fracture surfaces of composites with higher strains.’
      • ‘And so they just said, well let's look at indentations, what they call dimples, and other marks on the ballot.’
      • ‘I suspect that the dimples near the outer radius might be different in size and depth from those near the inner radius because of the difference in surface speed.’
      • ‘A rubber chemist is responsible for designing the core, polymer chemists come up with the precise cover material, and high-tech software is often used to optimize the dimple pattern.’
      • ‘In some cases the dimples disappeared when we provided different chairs but in others they remained.’
      • ‘This will involve the dimple pattern - which would be simpler - and a cover that makes it harder to create spin.’
      • ‘He said there are many reasons that a ballot could have dimples or indentations that have nothing to do with voter intent.’
      • ‘Instead, the insects press down on the water's surface, creating little dimples around their feet.’
      • ‘The roughened surface created by the dimples causes a layer of air that takes the shape of an airfoil (think of an airplane wing).’
      • ‘The central fracture surface consists of numerous cup-like depressions generally called dimples.’
      • ‘And believe it or not, the same dimple pattern on balls of different constructions will result in very different flights.’
      • ‘And I'm sure the balls feature spangly new composite core technology, with advanced dimple patterns for extra feel and distance.’
      • ‘The 336 dimples in the surface of the outside cover of a golf ball impart a backspin that permits the ball to stay airborne twice as long as a smooth ball hit with the same force.’
      • ‘A slight dimple appeared on the calm surface of Lake Tahoma.’
      indentation, concavity, depression, hollow, cleft, dent, dint, dip, pit
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  • 1 Produce a dimple or dimples in the surface of.

    ‘rain began to fall, dimpling the water’
    • ‘The knives pricked my skin and I woke with my cat asleep against me, embracing me, her claws dimpling my skin.’
    • ‘To add interest to the surface and before fitting it over the plywood, we dimpled the copper (from the underside) using a hammer and nailset.’
    • ‘Just slam the door, press the auto-lock button, neatly dimpling the door handle, and walk away.’
    • ‘Stars were littered carelessly throughout, some bright, large and bold while others merely dimpled the blue with tiny dots of light.’
    • ‘I approached it again, this time dimpling the water with a stick, and the strider burst into a long run of skips like a skimming stone.’
    • ‘I closed my eyes and swallowed hard, then flinched wildly when a finger pressed against my cheek, the claw dimpling my skin.’
    • ‘The bottom is gray, sandy, silt actually dragged out from the land and ground up by the ice, its surface dimpled by countless millions of clams, all but their siphons buried.’
    • ‘Near a remote salina, a brackish water hole, the tracks of ocelots and lesser anteaters dimpled the shoreline.’
    • ‘A bead of redness appeared where the tip had dimpled the skin, grew, then trickled downwards.’
    • ‘If you miss the stud, pull out the nail or screw and dimple the hole so as to be able to mud and tape over it properly.’
    • ‘I too go in there, but so many skipjacks are dimpling the surface I return to the deep outside, believing the fish will be out, cruising.’
    • ‘These types dimple the imagination, as they are anomalies who venture into our zone only to exert force.’
    • ‘It was primly addressed to ‘Miss Ashton’, but the red sealing wax was dimpled with a casual thumb-print rather than an official crest.’
    • ‘You can see each little foot pushing into the surface, dimpling but not breaking it.’
    • ‘You know, let them - give them some more latitude than you'd give these people who are scrawling on the ballots or dimpling it or whatever.’
    • ‘Its unforgiving tip dimples the skin of his chest.’
    • ‘Grab your sharp center punch, and dimple the exact center of the screw marks.’
    • ‘We don't really care who first dimpled a golf ball.’
    1. 1.1[no object]Form or show a dimple or dimples.
      ‘she dimpled at Auguste’
      ‘her dimpled thighs’
      • ‘I watched how the sides of his mouth dimpled when he laughed.’
      • ‘The hills are jagged and dimpled with craters, some outlined in scorch marks.’
      • ‘This is a treatment that promises to lift and tone areas that have gone saggy and dimpled while your back is turned.’
      • ‘People who have cellulite dimpling usually have increased fat in that area and want contour improvement by reduction of volume.’
      • ‘His cheeks were dimpled into a wide smile, the first sign of baby teeth showing.’
      • ‘Instead, they use sea minerals extracted from marine plants to reduce dimpling and improve skin tone.’
      • ‘Her rosy cheeks dimple with warm and compassion.’
      • ‘A firm jaw and cheeks that dimpled when I smiled only helped to create the illusion that I was sixteen, perhaps younger.’
      • ‘They also cause fruits to be irregularly pitted and dimpled.’
      • ‘The third are those down on their luck, usually small, resolute, buoyant and dimpled.’
      • ‘Cellulite is the name given to dimpled, ‘orange peel’ skin found on thighs and buttocks.’
      • ‘He had a smile that lit up the lives of the people around him, when he smiled his cheeks dimpled in a manner that had most women above the age of twenty wanting to smother him with their love.’
      • ‘Her stern face dimpled into a sunny smile, thinking that Maria and Will were engaged.’
      • ‘While still a few feet from the entry hole, she thought she saw the metal begin to dimple in a circular pattern above the gap.’
      • ‘That dimpled, smiling, impish face belongs on a baby.’
      • ‘He tried not to smile at that, but his cheeks dimpled.’
      • ‘Afterwards I would be able to remember in detail my mother's bare arm, dimpled at the elbow.’
      • ‘He couldn't see her features from this distance, but the image of her bright blue eyes and deeply dimpled smile were etched in his mind.’
      • ‘‘I've always wanted a sister,’ Tara said, a big smile dimpling her cheeks.’
      • ‘The man gave her an attractive, dimpled, smile and Stephanie began to feel a tiny bit better.’


Middle English: of Germanic origin; related to German Tümpel pond.