fingerprint

Primary Meanings of fingerprint

1.
nv
a print made by an impression of the ridges in the skin of a finger; often used for biometric identification in criminal investigations
take an impression of a person's fingerprints
2.
n
a generic term for any identifying characteristic
Full Definitions of fingerprint
1

n a print made by an impression of the ridges in the skin of a finger; often used for biometric identification in criminal investigations

Types:
loop
the basic pattern of the human fingerprint
thumbprint
fingerprint made by the thumb (especially by the pad of the thumb)
Type of:
biometric authentication, biometric identification, identity verification
the automatic identification of living individuals by using their physiological and behavioral characteristics
mark, print
a visible indication made on a surface

n a smudge made by a (dirty) finger

Synonyms:
fingermark
Type of:
blot, daub, slur, smear, smirch, smudge, spot
a blemish made by dirt

v take an impression of a person's fingerprints

Type of:
reproduce
make a copy or equivalent of
2

n a generic term for any identifying characteristic

“that tax bill had the senator's fingerprints all over it”
Type of:
identification
evidence of identity; something that identifies a person or thing

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