index finger

noun

Definition of index finger 

: the finger next to the thumb

called also forefinger

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Wearing the wireless control glove, a user would control the robot's bending through wrist movement and its grippers through curling their index finger. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Soft Robotic Arm Is Built To Study the Ocean's Most Delicate Creatures," 3 Oct. 2018 Pep Guardiola raised his index finger and pointed it toward the Manchester City fans to signify a simple message. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Manchester City's big spending, and hard work, pay off as Premier League title nears," 14 Apr. 2018 According to the local Fox affiliate, the girl’s left index finger had to be amputated as a result of her injury. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Two Parents Are Facing Charges After Their Son's Friend Accidentally Fatally Shot Himself With Their Gun," 13 Aug. 2018 Officials added that Gonzalez is also missing the top portion of his left index finger. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "Phoenix man reported missing after taking prospective truck buyers on test drive," 22 June 2018 Syndergaard was placed on the 10-day DL before the game with a sore right index finger, though the Mets are hopeful the righthander will only miss one start. BostonGlobe.com, "WR Brandon Marshall catches on with Seahawks," 30 May 2018 Peterson called constant pick-and-rolls, forming the letter L with his thumb and index finger, forcing D’Antoni to launch as defenders slipped under screens. Lee Jenkins, SI.com, "Space City: How Faith Fuels the Rockets' Explosive Offense," 1 May 2018 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

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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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