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fingerprint

noun fin·ger·print \-ˌprint\

: 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

Full 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
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
fin·ger·print·ing noun
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Examples of FINGERPRINT

  1. Detectives found his fingerprints all over the gun.
  2. Everyone has a unique fingerprint.

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First Known Use of FINGERPRINT

1859
FINGERPRINT Defined for Kids

1fingerprint

noun fin·ger·print \ˈfiŋ-gər-ˌprint\

Definition of FINGERPRINT for Kids

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

2fingerprint

verb
fin·ger·print·edfin·ger·print·ing

Definition of FINGERPRINT for Kids

:  to obtain fingerprints in order to identify a person

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