thumbprint

noun
thumb·​print | \ ˈthəm-ˌprint How to pronounce thumbprint (audio) \

Definition of thumbprint

1 : an impression made by the thumb especially : a print made by the inside of the first joint
2 : something that identifies especially : fingerprint sense 2a

Examples of thumbprint in a Sentence

He left a dirty thumbprint on the page.

Recent Examples on the Web

Rebeca had dipped her finger in ink and signed with a thumbprint. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "Destined for Export," 10 June 2019 Police have also tried to force people to open phones through biometrics, such as thumbprints or facial recognition. Jon Schuppe, NBC News, "Give up your password or go to jail: Police push legal boundaries to get into cellphones," 7 June 2019 Rare thumbprint compotes by Bakewell, Pears & Co., appear like crystal buoys down the center of the table. Amy Merrick, WSJ, "The Cultish Home That Draws Fans of Americana Design," 3 Aug. 2018 Clear, a biometric technology company, is now in more than 25 U.S. airports and has partnered with Hertz to speed up car rental pickup and with Delta for quick entry to its airport lounges with a thumbprint ID. Kristen Leigh Painter, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Air Travel Will Change in 2019," 13 Dec. 2018 Once facial recognition was confirmed, those people could vote on their phone by entering their information and using either a personal identification number, facial recognition or their thumbprint. Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, "Blockchain at the Ballot Box? Maybe Someday," 1 Aug. 2018 Just press your finger over the right area of the screen — indicated by a thumbprint image — and the phone unlocks. Geoffrey Fowler, Philly.com, "Whoa! Meet the future phones that fold up, have 9 cameras, and charge over thin air," 1 July 2018 Just press your finger over the right area of the screen — indicated by a thumbprint image — and the phone unlocks. Geoffrey Fowler, Philly.com, "Whoa! Meet the future phones that fold up, have 9 cameras, and charge over thin air," 1 July 2018 There are many ways to lock and unlock our phones, computers, and tablets — face scans, thumbprints, irises, passcodes, patterns, and more. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "10 insider tricks to keep hackers and scammers from stealing from you," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of thumbprint

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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thumbprint

noun

English Language Learners Definition of thumbprint

: the pattern of marks made by pressing your thumb on a surface : a fingerprint made by a thumb

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