fin·​ger·​print·​ing ˈfiŋ-gər-ˌprin-tiŋ How to pronounce fingerprinting (audio)
: the act or an instance of taking an ink impression of someone's fingerprints for the purpose of identification
sent him in for fingerprinting
also : identification using this process
But he was also concerned that fingerprinting was slipping out of the hands of men like himself whom he considered "scientists" and into the hands of men like Collins whom he regarded as poorly educated clerks. Simon Cole
: identification by analyzing characteristics unique to individuals
genetic fingerprinting
protein fingerprinting

Examples of fingerprinting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Rao pointed out that Content Credentials combines secure metadata, watermarking and digital fingerprinting. Sharon Goldman, Fortune, 9 May 2024 Michigan voting machine case:Michigan attorney arrested in Washington, D.C. plans to return home After returning to Michigan and showing up at Oakland County Circuit Court, Lambert − an ally of former President Donald Trump − underwent fingerprinting and DNA collection. Detroit Free Press, 21 Mar. 2024 Clearance requires fingerprinting and a criminal history check, according to prosecutors, and those convicted of any crime are prohibited from serving as aides. Jason Green, The Mercury News, 21 Mar. 2024 That said, some more creative and stealthy forms for fingerprinting have been prohibited since then, even if users do opt in to being tracked—and those include misuse of the APIs in question here. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, 28 July 2023 Applicants have since last year filed a trickle of expungement requests with the help of legal aid attorneys, public defenders and nonprofits such as the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, which provides prison re-entry services and offered the free fingerprinting in Sacramento this month. Calmatters, The Mercury News, 21 Mar. 2024 Earlier this month, Lambert didn't show up for a hearing concerning her refusal to comply with a court order requiring her to undergo fingerprinting. Detroit Free Press, 21 Mar. 2024 An unregulated field ― for now Professions that are regulated by state law ― like teachers, home health aides and child care workers ― do have stringent background check requirements involving fingerprinting or searches of all names associated with a person. Kayla Dwyer, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Jan. 2024 HopSkipDrive, a transportation service that parents use to book solo rides for their kids as young as 6, conducts a higher level background check on its drivers, including fingerprinting, according to its website. Hannah Fry, Los Angeles Times, 29 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fingerprinting was in 1891

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“Fingerprinting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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