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

  • n. An impression on a surface of the curves formed by the ridges on a fingertip, especially such an impression made in ink and used as a means of identification.
  • n. A distinctive or identifying mark or characteristic: "the invisible fingerprint that's used on labels and packaging to sort out genuine products from counterfeits” ( Gene G. Marcial).
  • n. A DNA fingerprint.
  • n. A chemical fingerprint.
  • transitive v. To take the fingerprints of.
  • transitive v. To identify by means of a distinctive mark or characteristic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The unique natural pattern of ridges on the tips of the fingers.
  • n. The patterns left on surfaces where uncovered fingertips have touched.
  • n. Unique identification for public key in asymmetric cryptosystem.
  • v. To take somebody's fingerprints.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an impression of the pattern of ridges on the skin of the last joint of a person's finger, left on a surface after a person has touched the surface.
  • n. a fingerprint{1} made intentionally in ink on a paper form for the purpose of identification of the individual.
  • n. any distinctive pattern of characteristics or properties of an object which can serve to identify that object.
  • n. a smudge made by a (dirty) finger.
  • transitive v. to take an impression of the fingerprints of (a person).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An impression made, as with ink or some other pigment, with the tip of a finger, so that its markings are recorded.

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

  • n. a generic term for any identifying characteristic
  • v. take an impression of a person's fingerprints
  • n. a smudge made by a (dirty) finger
  • n. a print made by an impression of the ridges in the skin of a finger; often used for biometric identification in criminal investigations


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From finger + print.


  • I think what we have to wait and look for is what we call a fingerprint on the type of device that was used.

    CNN Transcript Jul 21, 2005

  • PAT D'AMURO, CNN SECURITY ANALYST: Well, at this point, they're looking to try to find what we call a fingerprint as to who could have constructed this device, taking a look at what type of material was used.

    CNN Transcript Jul 21, 2005

  • So in the case of the telco example: they look at every single customer uniquely, and look at what they call a fingerprint-and then look at every single fingerprint on the network, and there are billions of these fingerprints, and do that all in real time-while it's happening.

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  • Santer et al. (2001) confirmed that the wrong fingerprint is observed compared with that expected from CO2 forcing on the atmosphere.

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  • The artist's fingerprints, letter-pressed onto the pages of a book, create progressively complex patterns and sequences, transporting the fingerprint from the world of forensics and law into the freeing world of art and imagination.

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  • Matsumoto successfully lifted a latent fingerprint from a glass and with it fooled 80 percent of the fingerprint scanners he tested.

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  • Check that link for details - and a MythBusters episode where they make a gelatin fingerprint and go around foiling locks with it.

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  • Bruce is missing a key point in fingerprint reader security: yes, one can steal your fingerprint, but the question is which one of the 10 fingers you are using?

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  • Saying that you only store the mathematical representations of a fingerprint is like saying that you only store the mathematical representations of a JPEG, not the actual paint, canvas and frame that it depicts.

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  • It might be a derivative of the technology involved in fingerprint indentication.

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