fingering

[ fing-ger-ing ]
/ ˈfɪŋ gər ɪŋ /

noun

the act of a person who fingers.
Music.
  1. the action or method of using the fingers in playing on an instrument.
  2. the indication of the way the fingers are to be used in performing a piece of music.

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Origin of fingering

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at finger, -ing1

Definition for fingering (2 of 2)

finger
[ fing-ger ]
/ ˈfɪŋ gər /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to touch or handle something with the fingers.
to extend in or as in the shape of a finger: Landing piers finger out into the river along the city's shoreline.

Origin of finger

before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with German Finger, Dutch vinger, Old Norse fingr, Gothic figgrs

OTHER WORDS FROM finger

fin·ger·er, nounfin·ger·less, adjectivere·fin·ger, verb
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British Dictionary definitions for fingering (1 of 3)

fingering1
/ (ˈfɪŋɡərɪŋ) /

noun

the technique or art of using one's fingers in playing a musical instrument, esp the piano
the numerals in a musical part indicating this

British Dictionary definitions for fingering (2 of 3)

fingering2
/ (ˈfɪŋɡərɪŋ) /

noun

fine wool for knitting

Word Origin for fingering

C17: from earlier fingram, perhaps from Old French fin grain fine grain

British Dictionary definitions for fingering (3 of 3)

finger
/ (ˈfɪŋɡə) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of finger

fingerer, nounfingerless, adjective

Word Origin for finger

Old English; related to Old Norse fingr, Gothic figgrs, Old High German fingar; see five, fist
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Medical definitions for fingering

finger
[ fĭnggər ]

n.

One of the five digits of the hand, especially one other than the thumb.
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Idioms and Phrases with fingering

finger

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