Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of the five digits of the hand, especially one other than the thumb.
  • n. The part of a glove designed to cover a finger.
  • n. Something, such as an oblong peninsula, that resembles one of the digits of the hand.
  • n. The length or width of a finger.
  • n. A degree of participation; a share: "seems almost sure to have a finger or two in crafting the final blueprint” ( George B. Merry).
  • n. An obscene gesture of defiance or derision made by pointing or jabbing the middle finger upward. Often used with the.
  • transitive v. To touch with the fingers; handle. See Synonyms at touch.
  • transitive v. Music To mark (a score) with indications of which fingers are to play the notes.
  • transitive v. Music To play (an instrument) by using the fingers in a particular order or way.
  • transitive v. Slang To inform on.
  • transitive v. Slang To designate, especially as an intended victim.
  • intransitive v. To handle something with the fingers.
  • intransitive v. Music To use the fingers in playing an instrument.
  • idiom have To hope for a successful or advantageous outcome.
  • idiom lay (one's) To locate; find: We haven't been able to lay a finger on those photos.
  • idiom put (one's) finger on To remember; recall: I know his name; I just can't put my finger on it.
  • idiom twist To dominate utterly and effortlessly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One of the long extremities of the hand, sometimes excluding the thumb.
  • n. A piece of food resembling such an extremity.
  • n. A walkway extending from a dock, an airport terminal, etc, used by passengers to board a waiting ship or aeroplane.
  • n. An amount of liquid, usually alcohol, in a glass, with the depth of a finger's length.
  • v. 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.
  • v. To poke or probe with a finger.
  • v. To use the fingers to penetrate and sexually stimulate one's own or another person's vagina or anus.
  • v. To use specified finger positions in producing notes on a musical instrument.
  • v. To provide instructions in written music as to which fingers are to be used to produce particular notes or passages.
  • v. To query (a user's status) using the Finger protocol.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the five terminating members of the hand; a digit; esp., one of the four extremities of the hand, other than the thumb.
  • n. Anything that does the work of a finger; as, the pointer of a clock, watch, or other registering machine
  • n. 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.
  • n. Skill in the use of the fingers, as in playing upon a musical instrument.
  • intransitive v. To use the fingers in playing on an instrument.
  • transitive v. To touch with the fingers; to handle; to meddle with.
  • transitive v. To touch lightly; to toy with.
  • transitive v.
  • transitive v. To perform on an instrument of music.
  • transitive v. To mark the notes of (a piece of music) so as to guide the fingers in playing.
  • transitive v. To take thievishly; to pilfer; to purloin.
  • transitive v. To execute, as any delicate work.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To touch with the fingers; handle: as, to finger money.
  • To toy or meddle with.
  • To touch or take thievishly; pilfer; filch; secure by manipulation with the fingers.
  • In music: To play, as an instrument requiring the use of individual fingers.
  • To play, as a particular passage involving a choice among different possible modes of execution.
  • To do or perform with the fingers, as a delicate piece of work, etc.
  • To touch something with the fingers, as a musical instrument in playing it.
  • n. A digit of the fore limb; any one of the terminal or distal members of the hand; in a restricted sense, any digit of the hand except the innermost or thumb.
  • n. Something like or likened to a finger, as a ray of a starfish; something resembling or serving the purpose of a finger; an index.
  • n. Specifically— In zoology, one of the two parts forming a chelate or forceps-joint, especially the smaller part, which hinges on the other.
  • n. In machinery, any small wood or metal projection on a machine, for parting materials or arresting motion, as the tooth of a rake, the gripper in printing-presses, or the wires of a stop-motion: as, the fingers of a harvester, in and between which the knives play.
  • n. A measure of length, a finger-breadth, commonly a natural finger-breadth.
  • n. A finger's length, commonly that of the middle finger.
  • n. In music, execution, especially on a keyed instrument; method of fingering: as, she has a good finger.
  • n. In a mechanical piano-player, a lever that strikes or depresses a key. See piano-player.
  • n. A projecting pin or rod, straight, or slightly curved; specifically, a projecting curved wire which carries an electric current into the clearance-volume of an internal-combustion motor, so that at the proper time a spark may pass between its tip and another terminal and fire the charge of explosive mixture. See internal-combustion engine, under engine.
  • n. In flax manuf., a small lot of fiber that has been treated at one operation in the scutching process.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the length of breadth of a finger used as a linear measure
  • n. any of the terminal members of the hand (sometimes excepting the thumb)
  • v. indicate the fingering for the playing of musical scores for keyboard instruments
  • v. search for on the computer
  • v. feel or handle with the fingers
  • n. one of the parts of a glove that provides covering for a finger or thumb
  • v. examine by touch

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English; see penkwe in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English finger, from Old English finger ("finger"), from Proto-Germanic *fingraz (“finger”) (compare West Frisian finger, Low German/German Finger, Dutch vinger, Danish finger), from Proto-Indo-European *pénkʷrós, *penkʷ-ros 'fifth' (compare Old Irish cóicer 'set of five people', Old Armenian հինգեր-որդ (hinger-ord, "fifth")), from *pénkʷe (“five”). More at five. (Wiktionary)

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  • the word of God, rod or staff

    July 22, 2009

  • Usage here.

    June 19, 2009

  • They call 'em fingers, but you never see 'em fing. ...Whoah, there they go.

    February 23, 2009

  • Also, a unix command to get information about someone.

    November 8, 2007

  • Aha! That's what I thought it was. Thanks!

    November 8, 2007

  • The right part is the middle-joint which is a tad thicker. According to wikipedia.

    November 7, 2007

  • Err...how'd you know what the right part was? Just asking.

    November 7, 2007

  • Oops, I measured along the wrong part! They're still not quite a finger wide though...

    November 7, 2007

  • What? You only have 76% of a finger on your finger!

    November 7, 2007

  • My finger is only 0.67" :(

    November 7, 2007

  • A unit of measure equivalent to 0.875 inch, named for the breadth of a finger.

    November 7, 2007