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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Lelo Ida Wave was designed to mimic the act of fingering, with a rounded portion that vibrates on the clit and a finger-like internal portion that moves and vibrates over the G-spot. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, 2 Aug. 2022 That often means mastering a particular passage or effect, then demonstrating to fellow violinists the bowing technique or fingering needed to achieve it. New York Times, 14 Oct. 2021 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 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Fingering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fingering. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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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