What does fingerprint mean?

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ˈfɪŋ gərˌprɪntfin·ger·print

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fingerprintnoun

    a print made by an impression of the ridges in the skin of a finger; often used for biometric identification in criminal investigations

  2. fingerprintnoun

    a generic term for any identifying characteristic

    "that tax bill had the senator's fingerprints all over it"

  3. fingermark, fingerprintverb

    a smudge made by a (dirty) finger

  4. fingerprintverb

    take an impression of a person's fingerprints


  1. Fingerprintnoun

    an impression of the pattern of ridges on the skin of the last joint of a person's finger, left on a surface after a person has touched the surface. Fingerprints left by persons who have committed crimes are considered as reliable physical evidence linking an individual with a crime, because each person's fingerprints are distinctively different from those of others, allowing identification of a person with high confidence.

    Etymology: [Finger + print.]

  2. Fingerprintnoun

    a fingerprint made intentionally in ink on a paper form for the purpose of identification of the individual.

    Etymology: [Finger + print.]

  3. Fingerprintnoun

    any distinctive pattern of characteristics or properties of an object which can serve to identify that object; as, the distinctive fingerprint of eugenol in the mass spectrum allowed easy recognition of its presence in the sample.

    Etymology: [Finger + print.]

  4. fingerprintverb

    to take an impression of the fingerprints of (a person); as, to fingerprint applicants for a gun permit.


  1. fingerprintnoun

    The unique natural pattern of ridges on the tips of the fingers.

    Etymology: From finger + print.

  2. fingerprintnoun

    The patterns left on surfaces where uncovered fingertips have touched.

    Etymology: From finger + print.

  3. fingerprintnoun

    Unique identification for public key in asymmetric cryptosystem.

    Etymology: From finger + print.

  4. fingerprintverb

    To take somebody's fingerprints.

    The jail staff fingerprints its 'guests' routinely

    Etymology: From finger + print.


  1. Fingerprint

    A fingerprint in its narrow sense is an impression left by the friction ridges of a human finger. In a wider use of the term, fingerprints are the traces of an impression from the friction ridges of any part of a human or other primate hand. A print from the foot can also leave an impression of friction ridges. A friction ridge is a raised portion of the epidermis on the digits, the palm of the hand or the sole of the foot, consisting of one or more connected ridge units of friction ridge skin. These are sometimes known as "epidermal ridges" which are caused by the underlying interface between the dermal papillae of the dermis and the interpapillary pegs of the epidermis. These epidermal ridges serve to amplify vibrations triggered, for example, when fingertips brush across an uneven surface, better transmitting the signals to sensory nerves involved in fine texture perception. These ridges may also assist in gripping rough surfaces and may improve surface contact in wet conditions. Impressions of fingerprints may be left behind on a surface by the natural secretions of sweat from the eccrine glands that are present in friction ridge skin, or they may be made by ink or other substances transferred from the peaks of friction ridges on the skin to a relatively smooth surface such as a fingerprint card. Fingerprint records normally contain impressions from the pad on the last joint of fingers and thumbs, although fingerprint cards also typically record portions of lower joint areas of the fingers.


  1. Fingerprint

    Fingerprint is the first kids’ learning and entertainment platform, providing sharing and engagement opportunities between kids and grown ups across mobile devices and the web. Its network of quality edutainment apps is made up of first-party apps, as well as apps “fingerprinted” by third-party developers.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fingerprint in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fingerprint in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of fingerprint in a Sentence

  1. Melanie Bailey:

    Fingerprints are so quick compared with urine or blood or even saliva. You can put a fingerprint down in a couple of seconds, and our method of analysis is so quick - it literally takes two minutes to analyze a fingerprint sample.

  2. Lauren Kotwicki:

    The Blue Bell case demonstrates that we have better communication between federal, state and local partners when contamination does occur. In this case, South Carolina discovered the contamination through random sampling, and the genetic fingerprint was able to be matched to cases in Kansas. This enabled the FDA and states to investigate the production facilities and document contamination at the source.

  3. Oprah Winfrey:

    I've come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that's as unique as a fingerprint - and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.

  4. John Roth:

    This situation created opportunities for individuals to gain the rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship through fraud, to prevent fraud and ensure thorough review of naturalization applications, USCIS needs access to these fingerprint records.

  5. Erich Hackney:

    Deputy [John] Blount decided to fingerprint Ford as well, something rarely done on a charge of this nature, it was this set of fingerprints that were taken by Blount that matched the print left by Ford at the crime scene.

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