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
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British Dictionary definitions for fingering (1 of 2)

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 2)

fingering2
/ (ˈfɪŋɡərɪŋ) /

noun

fine wool for knitting

Word Origin for fingering

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