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Definition of forefinger

Examples of forefinger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Athletic tape wrapped a thumb and forefinger, not to buffer a tennis racket, but to cover a skin condition that causes discoloration. New York Times, 6 June 2021 The Sparks forward formed a circle with her thumb and forefinger, holding the loop over her eye like a monocle while flashing a wide smile. Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2021 Holding the side of the dough closest to you, use your thumb and forefinger to make two folds towards the center seal. Hetty Mckinnon, Bon Appétit, 11 Apr. 2021 Use your thumbnail to pierce the skin at the top, then squeeze out the bright, spring-green bean using your thumb and forefinger. Dallas News, 10 Apr. 2021 The right hand branches out on its own, with the putter pinched claw-like between the thumb and forefinger, which can purposely make the right hand more passive in the stroke. New York Times, 8 Apr. 2021 Hold the knife so that the thumb and forefinger are in front of the bolster (the junction between the handle and the blade) and resting directly on the side of the blade. Katy Severson,, 1 Mar. 2021 At the end of their meeting, Edwards dipped his forefinger into a buckskin pouch that hung around his neck. Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Nov. 2020 That’s about four times more than the strongest humans exert when squeezing the beetle between the thumb and forefinger. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 21 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of forefinger

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Forefinger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of forefinger

: the finger that is next to the thumb


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