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 Liverpool surged forward in search of a late winner but West Brom keeper Sam Johnstone made a stunning fingertip save to keep out Roberto Firmino's header. Paul Gittings, CNN, "West Brom stuns Liverpool with late equalizer," 27 Dec. 2020 Bake about 1½ hours, rotating pan after 45 minutes, until top springs back when lightly pressed with a fingertip. Judy Walker,, "Holiday baking with Willa Jean chef Kelly Fields starts with recipes from grandma's kitchen," 8 Dec. 2020 Nonin introduced the fingertip pulse oximeter in 1995. Todd Nelson Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Nonin founder continues search for medical devices that 'improve lives'," 13 Dec. 2020 One by one, pull each string tight and hot-glue it to the appropriate fingertip of the glove. Jonathan Adolph, Popular Science, "Turn a boring box into a sweet working robotic hand," 24 Nov. 2020 These are devices that could comfortably fit on your fingertip and are particularly useful for medical implants. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "The Batteries of the Future Are Weightless and Invisible," 6 Nov. 2020 Nothing is more disgusting and moutza-worthy than John Goodman’s creepy disembodied head on a fingertip in that cheesy TV gambling commercial, or candy corn on Halloween. John Kass,, "Column: Toobin, Giuliani, Big Tech ... ‘there can be only one’ Golden Moutza of October!," 30 Oct. 2020 That’s especially true for devices that aren’t the standard fingertip readers. Boone Ashworth, Wired, "So Your Wearable Tracks Blood Oxygen Data. How Do You Use It?," 22 Oct. 2020 The clearest trigger to seek care at a hospital is shortness of breath or other signs of low oxygen levels, such as readings from a fingertip pulse oximeter in the low 90s, experts say. Matthew Herper, STAT, "Trump flown to Walter Reed after Covid-19 diagnosis and getting an experimental Regeneron treatment," 2 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, "Device used to measure blood oxygen can give misleading information to Black patients, study finds," 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,, "Nando’s restaurant, Naperville lawyers reach nearly $1.8 million settlement for restaurant employees over fingerprint data lawsuit," 18 Nov. 2020 Diamond’s fingertip grab of a rainbow from Williams Jr. at the Eufaula 1 in the second quarter even seemed to catch the referees off guard. al, "Jarris Williams, Blount keep rolling, blow past Eufaula 41-28 in 6A playoffs," 14 Nov. 2020 Sebastian Lletget forced a fingertip parry from Attinella in the 35th minute with a powerful one-time strike from the top of the box. Caitlin Murray, oregonlive, "Portland Timbers fall to LA Galaxy, continue leaking goals at home," 3 Sep. 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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“Fingertip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce fingertip (audio)

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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