- 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.
Origin of fingerprint
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Examples from the Web for fingerprint
Five days later authorities were able to match a fingerprint at the post office to Wilson sending him to an early retirement.Post Office Robbers More Wanted Than ISIS
December 13, 2014
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
September 7, 2014
Another can had a fingerprint that belonged neither to her nor the brothers.How the North Carolina GOP Made a Wrongfully Convicted Man a Death Row Scapegoat
September 4, 2014
Bart realized it was something like a fingerprint they wanted.The Colors of Space
Marion Zimmer Bradley
“Such as fingerprint and retinal patterns,” said Lieutenant Nariaki.Unwise Child
Gordon Randall Garrett
Not even a fingerprint on the telephone or revolver, except Gleasons own.The Luminous Face
Matching of trace impurities is often called a “fingerprint” method.The Atomic Fingerprint
Only you have your fingerprint, but you share your gait with plenty other people.Little Brother
- 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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Word Origin and History for fingerprint
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An impression on a surface of the curves formed by the ridges on a fingertip, especially such an impression made in ink and used as a means of identification.
- A distinctive or identifying mark or characteristic.
- An analytical method capable of making fine distinctions between similar compounds.
- To take fingerprints of.
- To identify by a distinctive mark or characteristic.
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Fingerprinting is used extensively in criminal investigation, but it is also used as a means of identification by many organizations.
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