fingering

noun fin·ger·ing \ ˈfiŋ-g(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of fingering

1 a : the act or method of using the fingers in playing an instrument
b : the marking (as by figures on a musical score) of the method of fingering
2 : the act or process of handling or touching with the fingers

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First Known Use of fingering

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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FINGERING Defined for English Language Learners

fingering

Definition of fingering for English Language Learners

  • : the way in which the fingers are used and positioned in order to play a musical instrument



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