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

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And Mastercard has announced that by April card users will be able to make payments using fingertip and facial recognition technology that employs scanners similar to the ones found on recent iPhones. Town & Country, "Is This the End of Cash?," 28 Jan. 2019 Think about screwing your palm into the floor so your elbow pit turns out away from you, and your fingertips are turned slightly back behind you. Amy Marturana, SELF, "How to Do a Turkish Get-up," 8 Feb. 2019 The London supermarket Costcutter, meanwhile, introduced a system in 2017 that allows customers to pay with a fingertip scan. Town & Country, "Is This the End of Cash?," 28 Jan. 2019 Bake cake, rotating baking sheet back to front about halfway through baking, until top is pale golden brown and springs back when pressed in center with fingertips and cake doesn’t stick to your fingers, 18-24 minutes. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "Is Boston Cream Pie the World’s Most Delicious...Cake?," 9 Nov. 2018 Users can measure their ECG (or EKG, as more commonly referred to in the US) by holding their fingertips to the digital crown for 30 seconds. Natt Garun, The Verge, "The four biggest announcements from the Apple September event," 12 Sep. 2018 Dip your hips back and lower your body into your deepest squat possible with your fingertips grazing the floor., "4 essential strength training moves for cyclists," 5 June 2018 Most smartphones use capacitive sensors, which detect the electrical impulses given off by a fingertip. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Meet Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855: AI boosts, a smarter camera, mobile gaming—and bye-bye, JPEG," 5 Dec. 2018 Her fingertips travel to the lone whisker and then caress it like a fetish. Lisa Miller, The Cut, "The Weaponized Amber Tamblyn," 8 July 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 How to pronounce fingertip (audio) \

Medical Definition of fingertip

: the tip of a finger

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