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fingerprint

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noun fin·ger·print \-ˌprint\

Simple Definition of fingerprint

  • : the mark that is made by pressing the tip of a finger on a surface

  • : a mark of this kind made in ink for the purpose of identifying a person

  • : something (such as genetic material) that can be used to identify a person

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fingerprint

  1. 1 :  the impression of a fingertip on any surface; also :  an ink impression of the lines upon the fingertip taken for the purpose of identification

  2. 2 :  something that identifies: as a :  a trait, trace, or characteristic revealing origin or responsibility b :  analytical evidence (as a spectrogram) that characterizes an object or substance; especially :  the chromatogram or electrophoretogram obtained by cleaving a protein by enzymatic action and subjecting the resulting collection of peptides to two-dimensional chromatography or electrophoresis c :  the base-pair pattern in an individual's DNA obtained by DNA fingerprinting

fingerprint

transitive verb

fingerprinting

noun

Examples of fingerprint in a sentence

  1. Detectives found his fingerprints all over the gun.

  2. Everyone has a unique fingerprint.



Illustration of fingerprint

1859

First Known Use of fingerprint

1859



FINGERPRINT Defined for Kids

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fingerprint

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noun fin·ger·print \ˈfiŋ-gər-ˌprint\

Definition of fingerprint for Students

  1. :  the unique pattern of marks made by pressing the tip of a finger on a surface




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fingerprint

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verb fin·ger·print

Definition of fingerprint for Students

fingerprinted

fingerprinting

  1. :  to obtain fingerprints in order to identify a person




Medical Dictionary

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fingerprint

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noun fin·ger·print \-ˌprint\

Medical Definition of fingerprint

  1. 1:  the impression of a fingertip on any surface; especially :  an ink impression of the lines on the fingertip taken for purpose of identification

  2. 2:  analytical evidence (as a spectrogram) that characterizes an object or substance; especially :  the chromatogram or electrophoretogram obtained by cleaving a protein by enzymatic action and subjecting the resulting collection of peptides to two-dimensional chromatography or electrophoresis—compare dna fingerprinting



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fingerprint

transitive verb fin·ger·print

Medical Definition of fingerprint

  1. :  to analyze (as spectrographically or chromatographically) in order to determine uniquely the identifying characteristics, origin, or constitution of <each protein was fingerprinted>

fingerprinting

noun



Law Dictionary

fingerprint

noun fin·ger·print

Legal Definition of fingerprint

  1. :  the impression of a fingertip on any surface; also :  an ink impression of the lines upon the fingertip taken for the purpose of identification (as during the booking procedure following an arrest) — see also dna fingerprinting

fingerprint

transitive verb

fingerprinting

noun




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