fin·​ger·​tip | \ˈfiŋ-gər-ˌtip \

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

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Plus, using the sponge means there’s way less mess on your fingertips, and more of an even application. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Here Is Everything You Can (and Should) Use a Beautyblender For," 11 Oct. 2018 Here are a few of the coolest ways to wear your Halloween spirit on your fingertips this year. Allure, "12 Halloween Nail Art Ideas to Trick Or Treat Yo'self With," 8 Oct. 2018 Having this information at your fingertips can be a powerful tool for staying on a nutrition program, says Robert C. Green, M.D., M.P.H., a geneticist and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Jancee Dunn, Vogue, "The Future of Dieting Is Here—And it Has Nothing to do With Calorie Counting," 29 Oct. 2018 The new layout is great, putting important screens right at your fingertips. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Review: Google’s Wear OS 2.0 can’t fix its obsolete smartwatch hardware," 28 Sep. 2018 By applying pressure to your fingertips, the actuators can replicate object stiffness, coarse textures, and the sensation of holding physical objects in your hands. Eric Adams, WIRED, "VR Pilot Training Now Comes With a Sense of Touch," 26 June 2018 Use concealer as eye primer, swap your shadow brushes for a fingertip, bake after your bronzer, and never conceal your forehead. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner Talks Us Through Her Makeup Routine, Start to Finish," 28 June 2018 Goncalo Guedes stung the fingertips of Ter Stegen in the opening minutes, but a moment of quality from Philippe Coutinho put Barca 1-0 up against the run of play., "WATCH: Barcelona Beats Valencia, Sets Unbeatean Record in La Liga," 14 Apr. 2018 As the fingertip snapped up, the right thumb jerked toward the index finger. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, "Tests Indicated His Infection Was Getting Better. Why Did He Feel Worse?," 1 Feb. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of fingertip

: the very end of a finger


fin·​ger·​tip | \-ˌtip \

Medical Definition of fingertip 

: the tip of a finger

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