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each of the four slender jointed parts attached to either hand (or five, if the thumb is included):she raked her hair back with her fingers a part of a glove intended to cover a finger. a measure of liquor in a glass, based on the breadth of a finger:he poured three fingers of vodka into a juice glass an object that has roughly the long, narrow shape of a finger:a shortbread finger
verb [with object]
1touch or feel (something) with the fingers:the thin man fingered his mustache play (a musical instrument) with the fingers, especially in a tentative or casual manner:a woman fingered a lute 2 informal
, chiefly North American inform on (someone) to the police:you fingered me for those burglaries
(finger someone for
) identify or choose someone for (a particular purpose):a research biologist with impeccable credentials was fingered for team leader
3 Music play (a passage) with a particular sequence of positions of the fingers. See also fingering1. mark (music) with signs showing which fingers are to be used.