fingering

noun

fin·​ger·​ing ˈfiŋ-g(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce fingering (audio)
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

Examples of fingering in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of fingering was in the 15th century

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“Fingering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fingering. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

fingering

noun
fin·​ger·​ing
ˈfiŋ-g(ə-)riŋ
1
a
: the method of using the fingers in playing an instrument
b
: the marking on a piece of music that shows what fingers are to be used
2
: the act or process of handling or touching with fingers
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