Finger-hole

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Finger-hole a hole in the side of the tube of a flute, &c., capable of being closed by the player's finger to modify the pitch of tone
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. finger; Ger. finger.

Usage

In literature:

It took only a minute to fit his fingers into round holes and tug.
"Star Born" by Andre Norton
He had both hands on the boulder, his fingers gripping the edge of the baffling hole, and was seeking to shake the big block of rock.
"Daughter of the Sun" by Jackson Gregory
To cure warts: Cut your finger-nails and put them in the knothole of a tree; then stop up the hole, wishing the warts on to some one else.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
The holes in a flute have always been called 'ventages,' because the 'wind' comes through them when the fingers are removed.
"Shakespeare and Music" by Edward W. Naylor
He sat and drummed his fingers on the desk, and stared meditatively at the pigeon-holes before him.
"By What Authority?" by Robert Hugh Benson
He pointed to several holes in it just large enough to insert the toes or fingers.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
Leaning against the wall, she looked up and saw Andy staring at her from the hole in ceiling, his fingers on his lips.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Hold the button-hole horizontally over the first finger of the left hand and work from right to left.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools" by Ministry of Education Ontario
Put your fingers in the holes, and tug with all your might.
"Sisters Three" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Can't you employ your fingers any better than making holes in your handkerchiefs?
"Yr Ynys Unyg" by Julia de Winton
He places this to his lips, covering the holes, with his fingers.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
He was not sure he could draw his finger out of the hole even if he wished to do so, it felt so strangely numb.
"Ten Boys from History" by Kate Dickinson Sweetser
Rollo began to rake off the leaves with his fingers, and then sat down, and went to digging a hole in the sand.
"Rollo's Experiments" by Jacob Abbott
Master would call us up and stick his finger in biscuits and pour molasses in the hole.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
He could not sit with his finger in the hole and drift wherever the tide might take him.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
I did not like the business; she had shoved her finger or thumb up my bum-hole.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
His fingers enlarged the hole until he could see sufficiently.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
She sat down again, and took up her wool-work, but her fingers trembled so that the needle missed the proper holes.
"Two Maiden Aunts" by Mary H. Debenham
With fingers that kept stabbing the wrong holes, Burckhardt finally managed to dial the local police station.
"The Tunnel Under The World" by Frederik Pohl
So he came and thrust his finger softly through one of the panes, and put his eye to the hole.
"Moonshine & Clover" by Laurence Housman
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In poetry:

He gathered the fragments, one by one,
And his fingers were cut and torn.
Then he made a hole in the very place
Whence the beautiful vase had been borne.
"A Tale Of Starvation" by Amy Lowell
In burrows narrow as a finger, solitary bees
Keep house among the grasses. Kneeling down
I set my eyes to a hole-mouth and meet an eye
Round, green, disconsolate as a tear.
Father, bridegroom, in this Easter egg
Under the coronal of sugar roses
"The Beekeeper's Daughter" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Seaquist's Ultra pour spout features soft, round edges, a rib pattern on the outer wall, lower profile design, ergonomic finger recess and drain hole options for hot fill applications.
Until now, that scariness has been at least in part caused by anticipating the inevitable finger-singeing pain of trying to drop a lit tea light through a round hole into a big gourd.
Three weeks ago 12-year-old Shamira Fingers from South Philadelphia was walking down a city street near her home when she suddenly fell into an open sewer hole.
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