AskDefine | Define dimple

Dictionary Definition



1 a chad that has been punched or dimpled but all four corners are still attached [syn: dimpled chad, pregnant chad]
2 any slight depression in a surface; "there are approximately 336 dimples on a golf ball"
3 a small natural hollow in the cheek or chin; "His dimple appeared whenever he smiled"


1 mark with, or as if with, dimples; "drops dimpled the smooth stream"
2 produce dimples while smiling; "The child dimpled up to the adults"

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  1. A small depression in a surface.
    The accident created a dimple in the hood of the car.
  2. Specifically, a small depression on the skin, especially on the face near the corners of the mouth.
    You have very cute dimples.


  • (depression in a surface): dent


Small depression in generic surface
skin depression, especially at corners of the mouth


  1. To create a dimple in.
    The hailstorm dimpled the roof of our car.
  2. To create a dimple in one's face by smiling.
    The young girl dimpled in glee as she was handed a cupcake.



Create a dimple in
Create dimples in face by smiling

Extensive Definition

Dimples are visible indentations of the skin, caused by underlying flesh, which form on some people's cheeks when they smile. Dimples are genetically inherited and are a dominant trait. Dimples on each cheek are a relatively common occurrence for people with dimples. A rarer form is the single dimple, which occurs on one side of the face only. Anatomically, dimples may be caused by variations in the structure of the facial muscle known as zygomaticus major. Specifically, the presence of a double or bifid zygomaticus major muscle may explain the formation of cheek dimples. This bifid variation of the muscle originates as a single structure from the zygomatic bone. As it travels anteriorly, it then divides with a superior bundle that inserts in the typical position above the corner of the mouth. An inferior bundle inserts below the corner of the mouth.
Dimples are considered attractive in some cultures. Babies commonly have dimples, but sometimes these disappear (or become less noticeable) as the muscles lengthen with age; consequently, dimples are often associated with youth.

Chin dimple

Some people have a dimple on their chins, known as cleft chin. Like cheek dimples, chin dimples are inheritable and have a varying degree of prominence. For example, while Kirk Douglas has a very conspicuous cleft chin, his son, Michael Douglas has a much less visible cleft chin. Females generally have less conspicuous cleft chins than males.
The groove of the cleft chin is not just skin-deep, but also on the jawbone, as a groove in the vertical midline of symphysis menti and the soft tissue above it. It is probably the result of incomplete fusion between the left and right halves of the lower jaw during embryologic development.

See also

dimple in Arabic: غمازة
dimple in German: Grübchen
dimple in French: Fossette
dimple in Japanese: えくぼ
dimple in Pangasinan: Abot-na-aping
dimple in Sicilian: Fussetta
dimple in Turkish: Gamze
dimple in Swedish: Skrattgropar

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