finger

Your fingers are the four digits on each of your hands—or five if you include your thumb. We use our fingers for holding things, scratching, snapping, finger painting, and much more.

Our fingers help us sense the world around us and manipulate or move things. Using your fingers, you can play the piano, speak in sign language, and flash a peace sign by forming a V with your first two fingers. As a verb, this word means to touch something with your fingers: "He nervously fingers his tie as he waits for his job interview." Finger stems from a root word meaning "five."

Primary Meanings of finger

1.
nv
any of the terminal members of the hand (sometimes excepting the thumb)
feel or handle with the fingers
2.
v
indicate the fingering for the playing of musical scores for keyboard instruments
3.
v
search for on the computer
Full Definitions of finger
1

n any of the terminal members of the hand (sometimes excepting the thumb)

“her fingers were long and thin”
Types:
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pollex, thumb
the thick short innermost digit of the forelimb
forefinger, index, index finger
the finger next to the thumb
annualry, ring finger
the third finger (especially of the left hand)
middle finger
the second finger; between the index finger and the ring finger
little finger, pinkie, pinky
the finger farthest from the thumb
Type of:
dactyl, digit
a finger or toe in human beings or corresponding body part in other vertebrates
extremity
that part of a limb that is farthest from the torso

n the length of breadth of a finger used as a linear measure

Synonyms:
digit, finger's breadth, fingerbreadth
Type of:
linear measure, linear unit
a unit of measurement of length

n one of the parts of a glove that provides covering for a finger or thumb

Type of:
covering
an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)

v feel or handle with the fingers

finger the binding of the book”
Synonyms:
thumb
Type of:
touch
make physical contact with, come in contact with

v examine by touch

“The customer fingered the sweater”
Synonyms:
feel
feel
grope or feel in search of something
2

v indicate the fingering for the playing of musical scores for keyboard instruments

Type of:
designate, indicate, point, show
indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively
3

v search for on the computer

“I fingered my boss and found that he is not logged on in the afternoons”
Type of:
look for, search, seek
try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of

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