index finger

noun

Definition of index finger

: the finger next to the thumb

called also forefinger

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Push the top of the rice gently with your right index finger, stretching the rice along the long sides of the fish, into a rectangular shape. Michael A. Gardiner, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Unrushed rice is key to success with homemade sushi," 6 Aug. 2019 Turner missed 39 contests with a broken right index finger, from April 3-May 16, and the Nationals went 17-22. Jesse Dougherty, The Denver Post, "Trea Turner’s second career cycle underscores his value to Nationals," 24 July 2019 Watching from the stands of NBA arenas as a child, Mfiondu Kabengele cheered as his uncle, Hall of Fame center Dikembe Mutombo, celebrated blocked shots with a trademark wag of the index finger. Andrew Greif, latimes.com, "Mfiondu Kabengele and fellow Clippers rookies get ready for summer league," 2 July 2019 Many of his colleagues remember a 2001 argument in which a hot-headed former Sen. John Carona, almost a foot shorter than West, crossed the Senate floor to angrily jab his index finger into West’s chest. Dallas News, "Against fresh faces in race to unseat John Cornyn, Dallas' Royce West says his record sets him apart," 28 July 2019 During the Gators’ win last November against South Carolina, Franks raised his index finger to his facemask to shush the crowd at the Swamp after scoring a touchdown that began the Gators’ dramatic comeback. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "UF QB Feleipe Franks calm, comfortable, confident at SEC Media Days," 15 July 2019 In the stands, her husband leaped from his seat, pointed his index fingers at her and screamed. baltimoresun.com, "Chasing eighth Wimbledon title, Serena Williams beats Alison Riske to reach semis," 9 July 2019 To challenge a call a coach must call a timeout and then signal the referee by twirling their index finger toward the referees. Dana Scott, azcentral, "NBA adds coach's challenge to Summer League and potentially the 2019-20 season," 28 June 2019 Numerous spectators in Centre Court pointed skyward with their index finger in anticipation of that final point (while holding their drinks in the other hand). Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Novak Djokovic Wins Wimbledon, Outlasting Roger Federer," 14 July 2019

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First Known Use of index finger

1849, in the meaning defined above

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index finger

noun

English Language Learners Definition of index finger

: the finger next to the thumb

index finger

noun

Kids Definition of index finger

: the finger next to the thumb

index finger

noun

Medical Definition of index finger

: the finger next to the thumb

called also forefinger

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