\ ˌbī-ō-ˈme-triks How to pronounce biometrics (audio) \

Definition of biometrics

2 : the measurement and analysis of unique physical or behavioral characteristics (such as fingerprint or voice patterns) especially as a means of verifying personal identity

Examples of biometrics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The adoption of voice tech and biometrics will happen faster. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Karen Chupka says we’ll adopt new tech faster post-Covid," 30 June 2020 Thanks to biometrics on new smartphones—including fingerprint readers and face ID technology—all one needs is to tap one's phone to make payments. Samir Patil, Fortune, "How a ‘creator economy’ could help writers and artists triumph over Facebook and Google," 25 June 2020 But perhaps the most obviously futuristic addition to daily life is the use of biometrics technologies, which employ measurable human characteristics as sorting mechanisms for granting or denying access to something. Ashley Fetters, The Atlantic, "The Weird Retro-Futurism of Pandemic Life," 25 June 2020 But in 2019, a federal judge in an unrelated case involving the search of various devices ruled that forcing the use of biometrics to unlock electronic devices is a violation of both the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "Going to a Protest? Here's How to Protect Your Digital Privacy," 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of biometrics

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of biometrics was in 1902

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11 Jul 2020

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“Biometrics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biometrics. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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biometrics

noun plural but singular or plural in construction
bio·​met·​rics | \ -ˈme-triks How to pronounce biometrics (audio) \

Medical Definition of biometrics

2 : the measurement and analysis of unique physical or behavioral characteristics (such as fingerprint or voice patterns) especially as a means of verifying personal identity

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