• 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
    • adj fingered having or resembling a finger or fingers; often used in combination "the fingered roots of giant trees","rosy-fingered","three-fingered cartoon characters"
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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: The slowest growing finger nail is on the thumb nail and the fastest growing is the finger nail on the middle finger
    • Fingered Having fingers.
    • Fingered (Bot) Having leaflets like fingers; digitate.
    • Fingered (Mus) Marked with figures designating which finger should be used for each note.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pilgrims did not eat with forks. They only used spoons, knives and their fingers
    • fingered Having fingers: commonly in composition with a qualifying term: as, five-fingered.
    • fingered In zoology and botany, same as digitate.
    • fingered In music: Played by the individual fingers, as a stringed, keyed, or holed instrument.
    • fingered Produced by the use of the fingers or by the choice of a particular fingering, as atone or a passage.
    • fingered Having the intended fingering marked: as, a piece fingered throughout.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido, once pinned an opponent using only a single finger
    • adj Fingered having fingers, or anything like fingers
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  • 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.”
  • Seneca
    “We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.”
  • 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.


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


In literature:

Leaning over she drew to her lap a long, slimy lizard, which she held caressingly in her fingers.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
The village doctor amputated toes and fingers; several women had to be treated for gangrene.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
Send for Chief Inspector Green and Inspector Waverley, and let the finger-print people know.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
Alas for his coat when those ten snowy fingers shall have marked it for their own!
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
Men all around us were waiting their turn, but I observed that the first lift of his finger brought an attendant.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
Instantly his fingers closed about yielding flesh, their ends biting deep between the muscles.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
It demands, however, considerable dexterity with the fingers.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
The plaster had come off her finger, and the finger had started to bleed.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
There was a big hairy mole near the joint of the first finger.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
I could feel the cold harsh touch as he dragged his unwieldy shape over my fingers, but I could not move either hand or finger to cast him off.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

The unperturbed soft moon, the stars,
The breeze that lingers,
Wake not to ineffectual wars
Their hearts and fingers.
"Happy Death" by John Freeman
Ah! the parents think of this!
But remember more the kiss
From the little rose-red lips;
And the print of finger-tips.
"Loss And Gain" by Nora Perry
And pricks his finger on a pin
In her unfinished sewing,
And sees the whole of her again,
And silent tears come flowing.
"Parting" by Boris Pasternak
Love called, and I could not linger,
But sought the forbidden tryst,
As music follows the finger
Of the dreaming lutanist
"Telepathy" by James Russell Lowell
We stood until her fingers crept
All tremblingly within my own;
And, looking down, I saw she wept,
For in a tremulous tone
"In Happy Grandeur Swept The Moon" by Alexander Anderson
I saw old men at the harvest,
Bending over the sheaf;
Their long, thin fingers shaking,
And gray hairs hiding their grief.
"In Selkirk" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Robert Smithson built a twisting finger of stones out of a lonesome patch along the Great Salt Lake to make Spiral Jetty (1971).
Chicks always tell dudes with small members that what they can do with their fingers is just as important.
If that is the truth, this dude's wiener out of luck, cuz his fingers are pretty effin unbelievable.
Seriously, I kinda got nauseous when I first saw those fingers go up.
Win Tickets to Hear Baio of Vampire Weekend DJ at Sticky Fingers This Weekend.
"This is me," I said, "giving you the finger.
He instructs her to wet her lips, smoothing them over with his fingers.
Tea and finger sandwiches, games and crafts are planned.
The fingers of the left hand tingle slightly.
I finally gave up trying to scratch build an electric water pump,my fingers are just too big and clumsy, so,does anyone have some suggestions.
Finger of the Elizabeth River .
Stevie Nicks smiled as she pressed a finger against the palm of her right hand.
Stephen Oesterle travels the globe to keep his fingers on the pulse of emerging medical technology.
"If God hadn't meant for us to have guns, he wouldn't have given us trigger fingers".
'Scare tactics' and 'finger pointing'.

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 first is a prototype interpreter for propositi onal METATEM implemented in Scheme (Fisher 1990). A more robust Prolog-based interpreter for a restricted first-order version of METATEM has been used as a transaction programming language for temporal databases (Finger et al. 1991).
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents
V) Practically, when our fingers knock the keys more strongly, both the magnitude of the press force and the speed at which the key sinks are increased.
Analysis on the relations between piano touch and tone
Object tracking is similar to marker/finger tracking. It involves edge detection and click detection.
Modelling Gesture Based Ubiquitous Applications
The Palette can be held or placed on a surface if hands are occupied with a physical model. Interaction elements are then pasted and placed onto the physical model using simple tapping and dragging techniques. To allow recognition of finger action by the system, fingers need to be augmented with a Vicon marker.
Modelling Gesture Based Ubiquitous Applications