fingerprint

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fingerprint take an impression of a person's fingerprints
    • n fingerprint a smudge made by a (dirty) finger
    • n fingerprint a print made by an impression of the ridges in the skin of a finger; often used for biometric identification in criminal investigations
    • n fingerprint a generic term for any identifying characteristic "that tax bill had the senator's fingerprints all over it"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Nose prints are used to identify dogs, much like humans use fingerprints
    • n fingerprint An impression made, as with ink or some other pigment, with the tip of a finger, so that its markings are recorded. These markings are individual in character and are permanent throughout life. They are used for purposes of identification according to a system devised by Francis Galton.
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Quotations

  • Jim Rohn
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    “Character isn't something you were born with and can't change, like your fingerprints. It's something you weren't born with and must take responsibility for forming.”

Usage

In literature:

They talked a good deal about fingerprints.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
I had it tested for fingerprints this morning before I left the city.
"The Monk of Hambleton" by Armstrong Livingston
They were fingerprinting the leader!
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
Fingerprint records would clear his name; establish his rightful station in life.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
And Bryce had arranged the operations that gave Orillo a new face, new fingerprints and an unworried future.
"The Man Who Staked the Stars" by Charles Dye
Hair color, skin pigmentation, fingerprints.
"Evil Out of Onzar" by Mark Ganes
The remark you made about fingerprints suggests you may have been a historian, specializing in the Twentieth Century.
"Forget Me Nearly" by Floyd L. Wallace
You're thinking of fingerprints?
"Twelve Times Zero" by Howard Carleton Browne
In Jerian's case, fingerprints or X-rays would reveal who she is.
"Accidental Flight" by Floyd L. Wallace
The fingerprints were worthless for the thief wore gloves.
"Penny Nichols and the Black Imp" by Joan Clark
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In news:

Jon Copeland helps Pack 150's Bear Cubs with fingerprinting during a visit to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
Blurred Backgrounds, Fingerprints, and More.
Police say Terrazas used socks as gloves to avoid leaving fingerprints.
The medical examiner 's office is conducting autopsies Friday and checking fingerprints.
In an effort to help parents keep record of their kids, in case of a child abduction or kidnapping, the department will hand out inkless fingerprinting kits to parents this weekend.
The kit fits in a small envelope with an area to attach recent photos, fingerprints , and body scar information.
Fingerprint testing leads to arrest of East Syracuse man for car thefts.
Which can scan fingerprints through photographic capture from as far as six meters -- has military and commercial uses.
The two fingerprints are compared to confirm a passenger's identity, and no other ID is required.
Fingerprint match breaks Richland County cold case.
The state scans parents' fingerprints to capture biometric information.
Fingerprint Scans Create Unease For Poor Parents.
Identifying fingerprints on paper is a commonly used method in police forensic work, but unfortunately it is not easy to make those fingerprints visible.
Of Jerusalem have developed a new approach for making such fingerprints more readily readable.
Day care providers and parents are fighting a new regulation that will force them to get their fingerprints scanned.
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In science:

The authors describe two types of techniques that can be used for that purpose ”Passive and Active Device Fingerprinting”.
SPAM over Internet Telephony and how to deal with it
Ossipov A, Kottos T, and Geisel T, Fingerprints of classical diffusion in open 2D mesoscopic systems in the metallic regime, Europh.
On the mean density of complex eigenvalues for an ensemble of random matrices with prescribed singular values
Power-up SRAM State as an Identifying Fingerprint and Source of True Random Numbers.
We Can Remember It for You Wholesale: Implications of Data Remanence on the Use of RAM for True Random Number Generation on RFID Tags (RFIDSec 2009)
In order to examine the performance of the proposed approach on a two class problem consisting of patterns from morphologically distinct classes, a reduced dataset called Fingerprint (AW) was created consisting of patterns belonging to only classes arch and whorl.
Probabilistic prototype models for attributed graphs
Chen, “Fingerprints of Primordial Universe Paradigms as Features in Density Perturbations,” Phys.
On the Unlikeliness of Multi-Field Inflation: Bounded Random Potentials and our Vacuum
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