fingerprint

noun
fin·​ger·​print | \ ˈfiŋ-gər-ˌprint How to pronounce fingerprint (audio) \

Definition of fingerprint

1 : the impression of a fingertip on any surface also : an ink impression of the lines upon the fingertip taken for the purpose of identification
2 : something that identifies: such as
a : a trait, trace, or characteristic revealing origin or responsibility
b : analytical evidence (such as a spectrogram) that characterizes an object or substance especially : the chromatogram or electrophoretogram obtained by cleaving a protein by enzymatic action and subjecting the resulting collection of peptides to two-dimensional chromatography or electrophoresis
c : the base-pair pattern in an individual's DNA obtained by DNA fingerprinting

Illustration of fingerprint

Illustration of fingerprint

fingerprint 1: 1 arch, 2 loop, 3 whorl, 4 composite

Other Words from fingerprint

fingerprint transitive verb

Examples of fingerprint in a Sentence

Detectives found his fingerprints all over the gun. Everyone has a unique fingerprint.
Recent Examples on the Web The top row is just a bunch of function keys, like Shift, a fingerprint reader, and Android navigation buttons. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 28 Apr. 2022 That's not a great configuration in 2022, but 128GB/8GB and 256GB/8GB models are also expected to be offered for $699 and $899 respectively, and both will include a fingerprint reader. Matthew Humphries, PCMAG, 13 Apr. 2022 That includes a dual in-display fingerprint sensor system. Chris Smith, BGR, 19 Apr. 2022 Thankfully, the fingerprint sensor is now in a better location. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 18 Apr. 2022 The back includes a camera stack with 12MP and 5MP shooters, as well as a fingerprint sensor. PCMAG, 15 Mar. 2022 The new phone, which resembles the older iPhone 8, comes with a physical home button, TouchID fingerprint sensor, 5G wireless connectivity, and a 12-megapixel camera. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 8 Mar. 2022 The new $599 iPad Air looks virtually identical to its predecessor—Touch ID fingerprint-sensor in the power button, flat sides and a 10.9-inch display. Nicole Nguyen, WSJ, 8 Mar. 2022 Red Raiders are known for defense, but the way Adams blended all the new faces showcased his able fingerprint. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of fingerprint

1737, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fingerprint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fingerprint. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for fingerprint

fingerprint

noun
fin·​ger·​print | \ ˈfiŋ-gər-ˌprint How to pronounce fingerprint (audio) \

Kids Definition of fingerprint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the unique pattern of marks made by pressing the tip of a finger on a surface

fingerprint

verb
fingerprinted; fingerprinting

Kids Definition of fingerprint (Entry 2 of 2)

: to obtain fingerprints in order to identify a person

fingerprint

noun
fin·​ger·​print | \ -ˌprint How to pronounce fingerprint (audio) \

Medical Definition of fingerprint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the impression of a fingertip on any surface especially : an ink impression of the lines on the fingertip taken for purpose of identification
2 : analytical evidence (as a spectrogram) that characterizes an object or substance especially : the chromatogram or electrophoretogram obtained by cleaving a protein by enzymatic action and subjecting the resulting collection of peptides to two-dimensional chromatography or electrophoresis — compare dna fingerprinting

fingerprint

transitive verb

Medical Definition of fingerprint (Entry 2 of 2)

: to analyze (as spectrographically or chromatographically) in order to determine uniquely the identifying characteristics, origin, or constitution of each protein was fingerprinted

Other Words from fingerprint

fingerprinting noun

fingerprint

noun
fin·​ger·​print

Legal Definition of fingerprint

: the impression of a fingertip on any surface also : an ink impression of the lines upon the fingertip taken for the purpose of identification (as during the booking procedure following an arrest) — see also dna fingerprinting

Other Words from fingerprint

fingerprint transitive verb
fingerprinting noun

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Nglish: Translation of fingerprint for Spanish Speakers

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