fingering

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

Definition of fingering

1a : 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

Recent Examples on the Web To some critics, Mr. Simon’s clarity of phrasing and adroit fingerings were undercut by a certain shallowness. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2019 In Indiana, the eastern snapping turtle, the smooth softshell turtle and the spiny softshell turtle are considered game species and can be taken by noodling (sometimes called fingering). Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, 14 July 2019 So, despite 50 years of evidence fingering James Earl Ray and a consensus about his role among most scholars who study King, some people remain unconvinced. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, 3 Apr. 2018 In his memoir Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft, Allen described being obsessed with the rocker, including working on mastering his songs and unconventional fingering patterns. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2018 Top tip: Make one of heavy worsted, as a purse, and one of fingering, as a necklace. Mary Mooney, OregonLive.com, 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of fingering

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

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“Fingering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fingering. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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fingering

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fingering

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

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