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Meaning of finger by Wiktionary Dictionary


    A human finger.


    Old English finger, from Proto-Germanic *fingraz ( compare West Frisian/German Finger, Dutch vinger ), from Proto-Indo-European *pénkʷrós 'fifth' ( compare Old Irish cóicer 'set of five people', Old Armenian հինգեր-որդ ( hinger-ord, “fifth” ) ), from *pénkʷe 'five'. More at five .


    • ( UK ) enPR: fĭng'gə, IPA: /ˈfɪŋɡə/, X-SAMPA: /""fINg@/
    • ( US ) IPA: /fɪŋɡɝ/
    • Rhymes: -ɪŋɡə( r )


    finger ( plural: fingers )

    1. ( anatomy ) One of the long extremities of the hand, sometimes excluding the thumb .
      Human hands have 5 fingers: the thumb, the forefinger ( or index finger ), the middle finger, the ring finger and the little finger .
    2. A piece of food resembling such an extremity .
      chocolate fingers
    3. ( also finger pier ) A walkway extending from a dock, an airport terminal, etc, used by passengers to board a waiting ship or aeroplane .
    4. An amount of liquid, usually alcohol, in a glass, with the depth of a finger's length .
      Hey buddy, is something bothering ya? Want me to pour you a finger?


    finger ( third-person singular simple present fingers present participle fingering, simple past and past participle fingered )

    1. ( transitive ) To identify or point out. Ex.: put the finger on To report to or identify for the authorities, rat on, rat out, squeal on, tattle on, turn in, to finger .
    2. ( transitive ) To poke or probe with a finger.
    3. ( transitive ) To use the fingers to penetrate and sexually stimulate one's own or another person's vagina or anus.
    4. ( transitive, music ) To use specified finger positions in producing notes on a musical instrument .
    5. ( transitive, music ) To provide instructions in written music as to which fingers are to be used to produce particular notes or passages .
    6. ( transitive, computing ) To query ( a user's status ) using the Finger protocol.

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    Proto-Germanic *fingraz, which is from Proto-Indo-European *penkʷ-ros, a suffixed form of *pénkʷe ( “five” ) .


    finger m .

    1. finger

Explanation of finger by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. indicate the fingering for the playing of musical scores for keyboard instruments

    2. examine by touch

    3. The customer fingered the sweater
    4. feel or handle with the fingers

    5. finger the binding of the book
    6. search for on the computer

    7. I fingered my boss and found that he is not logged on in the afternoons
    1. one of the parts of a glove that provides covering for a finger or thumb

    2. any of the terminal members of the hand ( sometimes excepting the thumb )

    3. her fingers were long and thin
    4. the length of breadth of a finger used as a linear measure

    Definition of finger by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Finger ( fĭṉgẽr ), n. [AS. finger; akin to D. vinger, OS. & OHG. fingar, G. finger, Icel. fingr, Sw. & Dan. finger, Goth. figgrs; of unknown origin; perh. akin to E. fang.]
      1. One of the five terminating members of the hand; a digit; esp., one of the four extremities of the hand, other than the thumb.

      2. Anything that does the work of a finger; as, the pointer of a clock, watch, or other registering machine; especially ( Mech. ) a small projecting rod, wire, or piece, which is brought into contact with an object to effect, direct, or restrain a motion.

      3. The breadth of a finger, or the fourth part of the hand; a measure of nearly an inch; also, the length of finger, a measure in domestic use in the United States, of about four and a half inches or one eighth of a yard.

      A piece of steel three fingers thick. Bp. Wilkins.

      4. Skill in the use of the fingers, as in playing upon a musical instrument. [R.]

      She has a good finger. Busby.

      Ear finger, the little finger. -- Finger alphabet. See Dactylology. -- Finger bar, the horizontal bar, carrying slotted spikes, or fingers, through which the vibratory knives of mowing and reaping machines play. -- Finger board ( Mus. ), the part of a stringed instrument against which the fingers press the strings to vary the tone; the keyboard of a piano, organ, etc.; manual. -- Finger bowl Finger glass, a bowl or glass to hold water for rinsing the fingers at table. -- Finger flower ( Bot. ), the foxglove. -- Finger grass ( Bot. ), a kind of grass ( Panicum sanguinale ) with slender radiating spikes; common crab grass. See Crab grass, under Crab. -- Finger nut, a fly nut or thumb nut. -- Finger plate, a strip of metal, glass, etc., to protect a painted or polished door from finger marks. -- Finger post, a guide post bearing an index finger. -- Finger reading, reading printed in relief so as to be sensible to the touch; -- so made for the blind. -- Finger shell ( Zool. ), a marine shell ( Pholas dactylus )
      resembling a finger in form. -- Finger sponge ( Zool. ), a sponge having finger-shaped lobes, or branches. -- Finger stall, a cover or shield for a finger. -- Finger steel, a steel instrument for whetting a currier's knife.

      To burn one's fingers. See under Burn. -- To have a finger in, to be concerned in. [Colloq.] -- To have at one's fingers' ends, to be thoroughly familiar with. [Colloq.]

    2. Finger v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fingered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Fingering.]
      1. To touch with the fingers; to handle; to meddle with.

      Let the papers lie;

      You would be fingering them to anger me. Shak.

      2. To touch lightly; to toy with.

      3. ( Mus. ) To perform on an instrument of music. To mark the notes of ( a piece of music ) so as to guide the fingers in playing.

      4. To take thievishly; to pilfer; to purloin. Shak.

      5. To execute, as any delicate work.

    3. Finger, v. i. ( Mus. ) To use the fingers in playing on an instrument. Busby.