fin·​ger·​tip | \ ˈfiŋ-gər-ˌtip How to pronounce fingertip (audio) \

Definition of fingertip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the tip of a finger
2 : a protective covering for the end of a finger
at one's fingertips
: instantly or readily available



Definition of fingertip (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : readily accessible : being within easy reach fingertip information fingertip controls
2 : extending from head or shoulders to mid-thigh used of clothing

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In more than one-third of the cases reviewed, safety assessments were wrong because caseworkers didn’t include important risk factors such as past domestic violence or previous DCFS investigations — all information at their fingertips. Los Angeles Times, "The horrific death of Anthony Avalos and the many missed chances to save him," 4 Sep. 2019 Thankfully, technology is good for more than posting selfies on the ‘gram these days and brings mental help assistance to your fingertips. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "The Upgrade: Three Mental Health Apps To Help You Live Better," 28 Aug. 2019 Whether purchasing a $2 ride ticket or purchasing a bag of popcorn, community members can support this historical attraction available at their fingertips. Kassi Jackson,, "Bushnell Park Carousel celebrates 105th birthday with community event," 25 Aug. 2019 Lyle and Erik Menendez had grown up as children of privilege living in Beverly Hills, with the world seemingly at their fingertips. Steve Helling,, "30 Years After the Menendez Brothers Murders, Read PEOPLE's 1990 Cover Story," 20 Aug. 2019 The treatment for a fingertip injury obviously depends on the nature of the injury. Maggie O'neill,, "Ronda Rousey's Middle Finger Almost Snapped In Two—See the Graphic Photo," 20 Aug. 2019 As apps like Zomato, Swiggy, and Uber Eats bring thousands of restaurants to patrons’ fingertips, this also brings to sharp relief the problem of subpar food, which in turn has prompted the aggregators to respond. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "India’s food delivery wars are no longer about speed, but quality," 24 July 2019 When the virtual hand touched a piece, software prompted the glove to produce electricity, which caused the center part of the glove’s fingertips to fill with air, giving a sense of the objects shape, the team reports today in Scientific Reports. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Watch a lightweight glove allow users to ‘feel’ objects in virtual reality," 18 July 2019 Correspondent Alina Cho meets the nail artists who have the world at their fingertips. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (August 11)," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of fingertip


1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1920, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of fingertip was in 1534

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English Language Learners Definition of fingertip

: the very end of a finger


fin·​ger·​tip | \ -ˌtip How to pronounce fingertip (audio) \

Medical Definition of fingertip

: the tip of a finger

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