forefinger

noun
fore·​fin·​ger | \ ˈfȯr-ˌfiŋ-gər How to pronounce forefinger (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web To quickly select messages to forward or delete, open your message thread and pinch on the screen with your forefinger and thumb. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "10 new iPhone tricks you’ll use all the time," 12 July 2020 Slip your forefinger through the circular part of the tool, grab it with your thumb, and use it to pull open doors or press buttons at an ATM. Popular Science, "No-contact door-openers to help keep germs at bay," 7 July 2020 Have a friend stand 40 feet away from you with the swivel clenched between his thumb and forefinger. Mark Hicks, Field & Stream, "How to Get Better Hooksets," 22 June 2020 Kerl's body cam video shows Danquirs Franklin slowly bringing the gun out of his clothing, holding the top of the weapon by his thumb and forefinger, with the barrel pointed toward him and the handgrip coming into view first, the lawsuit says. Mallika Kallingal, CNN, "Mother of African American man killed by police in Charlotte, North Carolina, files wrongful death lawsuit," 12 June 2020 Adam made a circle with his thumb and forefinger the size of a quarter. Byron Mccauley, Cincinnati.com, "'Nukuler Rat' has provided a distraction from COVID-19," 24 Apr. 2020 Next, with a few expert flicks of her thumb and forefingers, Lopez demonstrates how to deglove the tail. Aj Willingham, CNN, "We taxidermied a rat. All it takes is a little imagination ... and a lot of Borax," 8 Feb. 2020 But the Anti-Defamation League said the gesture, with the thumb and forefinger touched in a circle and the other fingers outstretched, has also been appropriated as a signal for white supremacy. Washington Post, "Navy Probe finds no racism intent in hand gestures," 20 Dec. 2019 But the Anti-Defamation League said the gesture, with the thumb and forefinger touched in a circle and the other fingers outstretched, has also been appropriated as a signal for white supremacy. Lita C. Baldor, Twin Cities, "Navy, Army probes find no racism intent in hand gestures," 20 Dec. 2019

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Forefinger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forefinger. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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forefinger

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English Language Learners Definition of forefinger

: the finger that is next to the thumb

forefinger

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fore·​fin·​ger | \ ˈfȯr-ˌfiŋ-gər How to pronounce forefinger (audio) \

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forefinger

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fore·​fin·​ger | \ -ˌfiŋ-gər How to pronounce forefinger (audio) \

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