fin·​ger·​tip | \ ˈfiŋ-gər-ˌtip How to pronounce fingertip (audio) \

Definition of fingertip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the tip of a finger
2 : a protective covering for the end of a finger
at one's fingertips
: instantly or readily available



Definition of fingertip (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : readily accessible : being within easy reach fingertip information fingertip controls
2 : extending from head or shoulders to mid-thigh used of clothing

Examples of fingertip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This includes iconic games, such as Monopoly, Scrabble, Battleship, Candyland and Trivial Pursuit, among others, using your fingertip on the 24- or 32-inch water- and impact-resistant high-resolution display. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 6 Jan. 2022 Finally, in this alarm system’s third stage, those spinal cord neurons carry the signals to a spot in your cerebral cortex related to your fingertip and create the sensation of burning pain. New York Times, 9 Nov. 2021 But the company collapsed in 2018 after media and regulatory investigations cast doubt on its ability to run multiple tests from a few drops of blood drawn from the fingertip. Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2021 With mobile devices at almost every fingertip, clients today demand readily available interactions with brands that are seamless and secure. Stanley H. Huang, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Theranos made a small device that purported to run hundreds of tests from just a few drops of blood pulled from a patient’s fingertip. Rachel Lerman, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021 Situated on the far north fingertip of the rugged Súgandafjörður in the Westfjords region, Suðureyri is another idyllic fishing town with a side of adventure. Stephanie Vermillion, Travel + Leisure, 27 Nov. 2021 At the last second, Lions safety Tracy Walker III got a fingertip on the ball — enough to alter its trajectory, but not enough to keep the pass from striking Brown in the hands. Tim Schwartz,, 27 Sep. 2021 Hoover linebacker Terrell Jones got just a fingertip on an overtime 2-point conversion try, deflecting the pass from Hewitt-Trussville quarterback Cade Carruth just enough so that receiver Jordan McCants couldn’t hold onto it. Reports, al, 12 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University have engineered a fingertip-sized patch that has 400 tiny needles of sugar and protein pieces which dissolve into the skin after delivering the spike protein. Emily Mullin, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Oct. 2021 Hergott launched a long ball to Holladay, who made a fingertip grab in the end zone. James Weber, The Enquirer, 2 Oct. 2021 As medical officer, Arcneaux will be collecting saliva swabs and blood from fingertip pricks from the crew to conduct experiments on the microbiome in space, as well as conducting ultrasound experiments to analyze fluid shifts in the body in zero-g. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 16 Sep. 2021 Also banned: jeans with rips over 5 inches above the knee, leggings or yoga pants not covered by a top that reaches fingertip length, and graphic T-shirts., 15 July 2021 An easy way to do that is by getting a fingertip toothbrush. Chris Hachey, BGR, 11 June 2021 Tapping is combination of Chinese acupressure and modern psychology that uses fingertip taps instead of needles. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 8 Dec. 2020 The fingertip device that measures a person's blood oxygen saturation level can give Black people false readings more frequently than white people, a recent study found. NBC News, 17 Dec. 2020 The lawsuit filed in 2019 alleged Nando’s violated Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act by requiring its Illinois employees to clock in and out of their shifts using a fingertip scanning feature. Rafael Guerrero,, 18 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of fingertip


1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1920, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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20 Jan 2022

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“Fingertip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of fingertip

: the very end of a finger


fin·​ger·​tip | \ -ˌtip How to pronounce fingertip (audio) \

Medical Definition of fingertip

: the tip of a finger

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