Meaning of FINGER in English


— fingerer , n. — fingerless , adj.

/fing"geuhr/ , n.

1. any of the terminal members of the hand, esp. one other than the thumb.

2. a part of a glove made to receive a finger.

3. the breadth of a finger as a unit of measurement; digit.

4. the length of a finger: approximately 4 1 / 2 in. (11 cm).

5. Slang. an informer or spy.

6. something like a finger in form or use, as a projection or pointer: a finger of land leading out into the bay; the finger on the speedometer.

7. any of various projecting parts of machines.

8. burn one's fingers , to suffer injury or loss by meddling or by acting rashly: If you get involved in the controversy, you may burn your fingers.

9. give (someone) the finger , Slang. to express contempt for by or as by the obscene gesture of pointing the middle finger upward while folding the other fingers against the palm.

10. have a finger in the pie ,

a. to have an interest or share in something.

b. to meddle in something.

11. keep one's fingers crossed , to wish for good luck or success, as in a specific endeavor: Keep your fingers crossed that I get the job.

12. lay or put one's finger on ,

a. to indicate exactly; remember: I know the name, but I can't put my finger on it.

b. to discover; locate: I haven't been able to lay my finger on the book you requested.

13. not lift a finger , to make not even a small attempt; do nothing: The house was falling into ruin, but he wouldn't lift a finger to repair it.

14. put the finger on , Slang. finger (def. 22).

15. slip through one's fingers ,

a. to elude one, as an opportunity not taken; escape: She let the chance of a lifetime slip through her fingers.

b. to pass or be consumed quickly: Money just slips through his fingers.

16. snap one's fingers (at) , to exhibit disdain or contempt (for): She snaps her fingers at the local gossip.

17. twist or wrap around one's little finger , to exert one's influence easily or successfully upon: He has a remarkable talent for twisting people around his little finger.


18. to touch with the fingers; toy or meddle with; handle.

19. to touch with the fingers so as to mar or spoil: Please don't finger the vegetables.

20. to pilfer; filch.

21. Music.

a. to play on (an instrument) with the fingers.

b. to perform or mark (a passage of music) with a certain fingering.

22. Slang.

a. to inform against or identify (a criminal) to the authorities: He fingered the man who robbed the bank.

b. to designate as a victim, as of murder or other crime.


23. to touch or handle something with the fingers.

24. to extend in or as in the shape of a finger: Landing piers finger out into the river along the city's shoreline.

[ bef. 900; ME, OE; c. G Finger, D vinger, ON fingr, Goth figgrs ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .