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GIMLET (from the O. Fr. guimbelet, pr...

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Originally appearing in Volume V12, Page 26 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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GIMLET (from the O. Fr. guimbelet, probably a diminutive of the O.E. wimble, and the Scandinavian wammle, to bore or twist; the modern French is gibelet), a tool used for boring small holes. It is made of steel, with a shaft having a hollow side, and a screw at the end for boring the wood; the handle of wood is fixed transversely to the shaft. A gimlet is always a small tool. A similar tool of large size is called an " auger " (see Tool.).
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