finger hole

noun

Definition of finger hole 

1 : any of several holes in the side of a wind instrument (such as a recorder) which may be covered or left open by the fingers to change the pitch of the tone

2 : a hole (as in a telephone dial or a bowling ball) into which the finger is placed to provide a grip

Examples of finger hole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Carved with five finger holes and a tapered mouthpiece, the instrument dates from around the dawn of human settlement on the continent. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Science of Music," 15 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'finger hole.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of finger hole

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about finger hole

Share finger hole

Statistics for finger hole

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for finger hole

The first known use of finger hole was in 1785

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on finger hole

See words that rhyme with finger hole

Comments on finger hole

What made you want to look up finger hole? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!