fingerprint

noun fin·ger·print \ ˈfiŋ-gər-ˌprint \
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

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

fingerprint

transitive verb

Examples of fingerprint in a Sentence

  1. Detectives found his fingerprints all over the gun.

  2. Everyone has a unique fingerprint.

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First Known Use of fingerprint

1737



FINGERPRINT Defined for English Language Learners

fingerprint

noun

Definition of fingerprint for English Language Learners

  • : the mark that is made by pressing the tip of a finger on a surface

  • : a mark of this kind made in ink for the purpose of identifying a person

  • : something (such as genetic material) that can be used to identify a person


FINGERPRINT Defined for Kids

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fingerprint

noun fin·ger·print \ ˈfiŋ-gər-ˌprint \

Definition of fingerprint for Students

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

2

fingerprint

verb

Definition of fingerprint for Students

fingerprinted; fingerprinting
: to obtain fingerprints in order to identify a person

Medical Dictionary

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fingerprint

noun fin·ger·print \ -ˌprint \

medical Definition of fingerprint

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

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fingerprint

transitive verb

medical Definition of fingerprint

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

fingerprinting

noun

Law Dictionary

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

fingerprint

transitive verb

fingerprinting

noun


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