index finger

noun

Definition of index finger 

: the finger next to the thumb

called also forefinger

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But there is plenty of interest in Syndergaard, who has been out since May 26 with a strained ligament in the index finger of his throwing hand, an injury that was not originally expected to sideline him this long. James Wagner, New York Times, "Mets Lose Again as They Plod Toward the Trade Deadline," 4 July 2018 Brazile sets up Deputy in the starting box, worries the rope into shape, holds his right arm out from his body—the same crooked elbow, the same single index finger pointed up, the same dimpled bite on the piggin’ string. Melissa Lyttle, Smithsonian, "The First Family of Rodeo," 13 Dec. 2017 Since the start of the 2017 season, Syndergaard has thrown only 100 innings because of a latissimus tear and the injury that put him on the disabled list most recently, a strained ligament of his right index finger, on his throwing hand. James Wagner, New York Times, "Syndergaard Returns for Five Innings in Mets’ Win Over Nationals," 13 July 2018 Login Dig up one plant and roll its stem between your thumb and index finger. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "Nutsedge or other nuisance? How to tell the difference," 13 July 2018 Around the horn Right-hander Alex Cobb, who left Sunday’s game with a blister on his right index finger, is expected to make his next scheduled start Friday. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles notes: Mariñez, Hart added to restock bullpen; Showalter on Machado-to-Yankees speculation," 10 July 2018 There are other, far more numerous protagonists, of course, and a week after the vote millions are still loth to scrub off their personal memento: the purple ink on their index finger. The Economist, "At last, a cause to unite all Malaysia’s ethnic groups," 17 May 2018 Hold the chisel with your thumb and index finger (as shown), place the edge on the metal, and strike it with a ball-peen hammer. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "How To Use a Cold Chisel," 27 Apr. 2018 The new ink appears to be an image of Pikachu on his index finger, a cloud on his middle finger, and a heart on his pinky. Samantha Sasso, refinery29.com, "Tattoos Unlock The Mystery Of Ariana Grande & Pete Davidson's Relationship," 9 July 2018

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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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