an impression of the markings of the inner surface of the last joint of the thumb or other finger.
such an impression made with ink for purposes of identification.
any unique or distinctive pattern that presents unambiguous evidence of a specific person, substance, disease, etc.
to take or record the fingerprints of.
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How to use fingerprint in a sentence
Red pigment marks shaped like human fingerprints dot the inside of the shell, near its wide opening where someone trimmed the edge.Humans made a horn out of a conch shell about 18,000 years ago | Bruce Bower | February 10, 2021 | Science News
If we look closely at the images produced by telescopes, we see the fingerprints of quantum mechanics.A curious observer’s guide to quantum mechanics, pt. 4: Looking at the stars | Ars Staff | January 31, 2021 | Ars Technica
Smudges left by their fingerprints may not be your only touch screen issue.Best 2 in 1 laptops: Work hard, play hard with these versatile picks | PopSci Commerce Team | January 27, 2021 | Popular-Science
Although the four Afghans had names that were similar to those of known Taliban fighters who had left DNA or fingerprints on bombs used to attack Americans, they weren’t same men or they weren’t Taliban, according to the Army.An unusual mission in Afghanistan, and the troops who suffered to carry it out | Greg Jaffe | January 15, 2021 | Washington Post
Citizens were asked to collect evidence, take photographs and process fingerprints.Maryland police officer dies after being struck by car | Dan Morse | January 14, 2021 | Washington Post
Five days later authorities were able to match a fingerprint at the post office to Wilson sending him to an early retirement.
In the end he was left with a disappointing product that bore little of his creative fingerprint.
When they subsequently managed to fingerprint her, she seemed to have outdone Dillinger.
But the Social Security people required an FBI fingerprint check.
As with the fingerprint scanner of the iPhone 5s, the larger screen means that the phone will cost more.iWatch, iPhone 6, and More: What Apple Has Up Its Sleeve | Kyle Chayka | September 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Luckily, we've got a way to tell if you've got it right: beneath the key will be a much shorter number, called the 'fingerprint'.Little Brother | Cory Doctorow
On it, in huge white luminous letters, were her public key and her fingerprint and email address.Little Brother | Cory Doctorow
Some inks are more soluble in the solution used for fingerprint tests than others?Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
“They all forget something,” said Fosdick, as Drew hurried out through the door with a bow toward the staring fingerprint man.Whispering Wires | Henry Leverage
Matching of trace impurities is often called a “fingerprint” method.The Atomic Fingerprint | Bernard Keisch
British Dictionary definitions for fingerprint
an impression of the pattern of ridges on the palmar surface of the end joint of each finger and thumb
any identifying characteristic
biochem the pattern of fragments obtained when a protein is digested by a proteolytic enzyme, usually observed following two-dimensional separation by chromatography and electrophoresis
(tr) to take an inked impression of the fingerprints of (a person)
to take a sample of (a person's) DNA
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Cultural definitions for fingerprint
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