• A little girl, held by a woman, reaches a finger towards falling snowflakes
    A little girl, held by a woman, reaches a finger towards falling snowflakes
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v finger indicate the fingering for the playing of musical scores for keyboard instruments
    • v finger examine by touch "Feel this soft cloth!","The customer fingered the sweater"
    • v finger feel or handle with the fingers "finger the binding of the book"
    • v finger search for on the computer "I fingered my boss and found that he is not logged on in the afternoons"
    • n finger one of the parts of a glove that provides covering for a finger or thumb
    • n finger any of the terminal members of the hand (sometimes excepting the thumb) "her fingers were long and thin"
    • n finger the length of breadth of a finger used as a linear measure
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Addie's pet bird perches on her finger Addie's pet bird perches on her finger
Snapping the fingers. Neapolitan Snapping the fingers. Neapolitan
tapping With his Finger-tips on the Window-pane.'——191 tapping With his Finger-tips on the Window-pane.'——191
He Could Feel the Clutch of Long, Bony Fingers on Him He Could Feel the Clutch of Long, Bony Fingers on Him
he put his fingers in his mouth he put his fingers in his mouth
The Proud Ring-Finger The Proud Ring-Finger
Putting his finger under her chin Putting his finger under her chin
Turning the ring thoughtfully upon his finger Turning the ring thoughtfully upon his finger

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every second there are 418 Kit Kat fingers eaten in the world
    • Finger (Mech) Anything that does the work of a finger; as, the pointer of a clock, watch, or other registering machine;
    • Finger One of the five terminating members of the hand; a digit; esp., one of the four extremities of the hand, other than the thumb.
    • Finger Skill in the use of the fingers, as in playing upon a musical instrument. "She has a good finger ."
    • Finger The breadth of a finger, or the fourth part of the hand; a measure of nearly an inch; also, the length of finger, a measure in domestic use in the United States, of about four and a half inches or one eighth of a yard. "A piece of steel three fingers thick."
    • Finger To execute, as any delicate work.
    • Finger (Mus) To mark the notes of (a piece of music) so as to guide the fingers in playing.
    • Finger (Mus) To perform on an instrument of music.
    • Finger To take thievishly; to pilfer; to purloin.
    • Finger To touch lightly; to toy with.
    • Finger To touch with the fingers; to handle; to meddle with. "Let the papers lie;
      You would be fingering them to anger me."
    • v. i Finger (Mus) To use the fingers in playing on an instrument.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Another name for your pinky finger is Wanus
    • n finger A digit of the fore limb; any one of the terminal or distal members of the hand; in a restricted sense, any digit of the hand except the innermost or thumb. In this restricted sense the fingers are commonly numbered from the forefinger as first to the little finger as fourth, but sometimes the thumb is counted as first.
    • n finger Something like or likened to a finger, as a ray of a starfish; something resembling or serving the purpose of a finger; an index.
    • n finger Specifically— In zoology, one of the two parts forming a chelate or forceps-joint, especially the smaller part, which hinges on the other.
    • n finger In machinery, any small wood or metal projection on a machine, for parting materials or arresting motion, as the tooth of a rake, the gripper in printing-presses, or the wires of a stop-motion: as, the fingers of a harvester, in and between which the knives play.
    • n finger A measure of length, a finger-breadth, commonly a natural finger-breadth. A finger of liquor is a quantity in a tumbler one natural finger-breadth deep. The shot in a gun was similarly measured upon the ramrod, and still is where muzzle-loaders are used. See finger-breadth.
    • n finger A finger's length, commonly that of the middle finger.
    • n finger In music, execution, especially on a keyed instrument; method of fingering: as, she has a good finger.
    • finger To touch with the fingers; handle: as, to finger money.
    • finger To toy or meddle with.
    • finger To touch or take thievishly; pilfer; filch; secure by manipulation with the fingers.
    • finger In music: To play, as an instrument requiring the use of individual fingers.
    • finger To play, as a particular passage involving a choice among different possible modes of execution. To indicate upon a piece of music, by means of figures, the mode of execution with the fingers to be used.
    • finger To do or perform with the fingers, as a delicate piece of work, etc.
    • finger To touch something with the fingers, as a musical instrument in playing it.
    • n finger In a mechanical piano-player, a lever that strikes or depresses a key. See piano-player.
    • n finger A projecting pin or rod, straight, or slightly curved; specifically, a projecting curved wire which carries an electric current into the clearance-volume of an internal-combustion motor, so that at the proper time a spark may pass between its tip and another terminal and fire the charge of explosive mixture. See internal-combustion engine, under engine.
    • n finger In flax manuf., a small lot of fiber that has been treated at one operation in the scutching process.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Fingerprints serve a function they provide traction for the fingers to grasp things.
    • n Finger fing′gėr one of the five terminal parts of the hand: a finger-breadth: skill in the use of the hand or fingers: execution in music
    • v.t Finger to handle or perform with the fingers: to pilfer: to toy or meddle with
    • v.i Finger to use lightly with the fingers, as a musical instrument
    • ***


  • Charles F. Kettering
    “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.”
  • William Lilly
    William Lilly
    “Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.”
  • Adam Smith
    “Happiness never lays its finger on its pulse.”
  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
    “God's finger touched him and he slept.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Experience is in the fingers and head. The heart is inexperienced.”
  • Robert Collyer
    Robert Collyer
    “A man's best friends are his ten fingers.”


All fingers and thumbs - If you're all fingers and thumbs, you are too excited or clumsy to do something properly that requires manual dexterity. 'All thumbs' is an alternative form of the idiom.
Burn your fingers - If you burn your fingers, you suffer a loss or something unpleasant as the result of something you did, making you less likely to do it again.
Finger in the pie - If you have a finger in the pie, you have an interest in something.
Fingers and thumbs - If you are all fingers and thumbs, you are being clumsy and not very skilled with your hands.
Green fingers - (UK) Someone with green fingers has a talent for gardening.
Keep your fingers crossed - If you are keeping your fingers crossed, you are hoping for a positive outcome.
Point the finger - When you point the finger at someone, you are accusing and blaming them for something.
Pull your finger out! - (UK) If someone tells you to do this, they want you to hurry up. ('Get your finger out' is also used.)
Slip through one's fingers - If something slips through one’s fingers it escapes or is lost through carelessness.
Sticky fingers - The tendency to keep (or steal) an object you touch. Also, to steal something quickly without anyone noticing. (ex: 'You stole that guy's wallet? You have some sticky fingers, my friend.')
Work your fingers to the bone - If you work your fingers to the bone, you work extremely hard on something.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. finger,; akin to D. vinger, OS. & OHG. fingar, G. finger, Icel. fingr, Sw. & Dan. finger, Goth. figgrs,; of unknown origin; perh. akin to E. fang,


In literature:

My fingers fashioned them and I remember the pleasant sleep each brought me.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
Bough smiled and poured out a four-finger swig of bad Cape brandy, and pushed it across the counter.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
The laborers pressed closer, their brown hands fingering their belts, their faces dark with passion.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
By this the reader must not think that the training of the fingers, and particularly the finger tips, is to be neglected.
"Great Pianists on Piano Playing" by James Francis Cooke
Here she was safe; one more exploit accomplished, one more roll of notes for the hungry fingers of her dress-maker.
"The Double Four" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The evangelist froze, one arm pointing upward, with index finger ready to sweep down and emphasize his point.
"Empire" by Clifford Donald Simak
But, briefly, what Mr. Salter had so sworn to do was to twist his wife's nose off with his finger and thumb.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
Bobbie ran his fingers over the paper, trying with sensitive finger tips to follow the ink traces.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
The shiny cloth slid through his long fingers.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
He took the large gold ring from his finger and stamped it into the wax.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea

In poetry:

It happens. Will it go on? ——
My mind a rock,
No fingers to grip, no tongue,
My god the iron lung
"Paralytic" by Sylvia Plath
Fingers, going to and fro,
To and fro, to and fro,
Do you know the path you go,
To and fro, to and fro?
"Puzzled Stiches" by Hazel Hall
In her hands he placed them,
And her jewelled fingers
Through the green leaves glistened
Like the dews of morn;
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XVI. -- Queen Thuri And " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Wannish fires enclasp her bosom,
Like the Northern Light,
And like icicles her fingers
Glisten, locked and white.
"The Deserted Fylgia" by Alice Cary
The goodliest land on all this earth,
It is the Saxon land!
There have I as many maidens
As fingers on this hand!
"The Happiest Land. (From The German)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Her fingers shame the ivory keys
They dance so light along;
The bloom upon her parted lips
Is sweeter than the song.
"Amy Wentworth" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Wickey puts his fingers to his lips and gazes down.
Brett Gardner struggled to put on Venditte's six-fingered double-pocketed glove.
For two-handle you must determine whether the leak is coming from the hot or cold side (put your finger under the drip.
It is among the body's largest arteries, about the width of an index finger.
Today's Trivia: Today is Rollie Fingers' birthday, which means they're probably celebrating in both Oakland and Milwaukee.
After all, both the A's and Brewers have retired Fingers No 34 jersey.
Mother of child who lost fingers in ferret attack fails to appear in court.
Or fickle finger of fate.
The zing zipped through my index finger as I gripped a pinch of plastic.
Michigan teen learns new meaning to finger food .
When you think of finger food , you think of little sandwiches or cheese and crackers.
Pleated packaging for sandwiches and finger-food bags.
To Keep the Finger Out of Finger Food , Inventors Seek a Better Bagel Cutter.
Finger food for thought.
I spent four and a half days last week with my middle finger on my left hand either in a stiff brace or taped together with a neighboring finger.

In science:

This local peculiar velocity can be estimated from the lengths of the “Fingers of God”. See also .
A simple model of the hierarchical formation of galaxies
The trigger was provided by placing two pairs of finger scintillators, one pair in front and the other behind the chamber, defining a beam area of 1 cm2.
First observation of Cherenkov rings with a large area CsI-TGEM-based RICH prototype
Object tracking is similar to marker/finger tracking. It involves edge detection and click detection.
Modelling Gesture Based Ubiquitous Applications
Click Detection and Generation part is same for finger tracking and object tracking.
Modelling Gesture Based Ubiquitous Applications
Also it was very surprising to note that type I, type II and type III mentally retarded children did not know the value / denomination of currency notes. They did not know any basic counting even with fingers. This shows their mind’s ability or level.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)