- ( UK ) enPR: fĭng'gə, IPA: /ˈfɪŋɡə/, X-SAMPA: /""fINg@/
- ( US ) IPA: /fɪŋɡɝ/
- Rhymes: -ɪŋɡə( r )
- ( 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 .
- Eleanor Stackhouse Atkinson, The How and Why Library, Life, Section VIII,
- Popular Science Monthly, Vol. 89, p. 81, 1916:
- A piece of food resembling such an extremity .
- ( also finger pier ) A walkway extending from a dock, an airport terminal, etc, used by passengers to board a waiting ship or aeroplane .
- An amount of liquid, usually alcohol, in a glass, with the depth of a finger's length .
- at one's fingertips
- burn one's fingers
- cross one's fingers
- finger alphabet
- finger bowl
- finger buffet
- finger chip
- finger dry
- finger food
- finger language
- finger mark
- finger millet
- finger painting
- finger pick
- finger post
- finger roll
- finger wave
- fish finger
- five-finger discount
- get one's finger out
- get one's fingers onto
- give the finger to
- have a finger in every pie
- have one's fingers in many pies
- have one's fingers in the till
- index finger
- lay a finger on
- lift a finger
- little finger
- long finger
- middle finger
- one's fingers itch
- point the finger at
- pull one's finger on
- put the finger on
- putty in someone's fingers
- ring finger
- skirt finger
- slip through one's fingers
- snap one's fingers
- split finger
- sticky fingers
- trigger finger
- wag a finger ( at )
- work one's fingers to the bone
- wrap around one's fingers
- zinc finger
- ( 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 .
- ( transitive ) To poke or probe with a finger.
- ( transitive ) To use the fingers to penetrate and sexually stimulate one's own or another person's vagina or anus.
- 2007, Madeline Bastinado, A Talent for Surrender, page 201:
- 2008, Thomas Wainwright ( editor ), Erotic Tales, page 56:
- ( transitive, music ) To use specified finger positions in producing notes on a musical instrument .
- ( transitive, music ) To provide instructions in written music as to which fingers are to be used to produce particular notes or passages .
- ( transitive, computing ) To query ( a user's status ) using the Finger protocol.
- 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.]
- 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.
- Finger, v. i. ( Mus. ) To use the fingers in playing on an instrument. Busby.
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 .
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