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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Finger


FIN'GER, noun fing'ger.

1. One of the extreme parts of the hand, a small member shooting to a point. The fingers have joints which peculiarly fit them to be the instruments of catching, seizing and holding. When we speak of the fingers generally, we include the thumb; as the five fingers. But we often make a distinction. The fingers and thumb consist of fifteen bones; three to each. The word is applied to some other animals as well as to man.

2. A certain measure. We say a finger's breadth, or the breadth of the four fingers, or of three fingers.

3. The hand.

Who teacheth my fingers to fight. Psalms 146:1.

4. The finger or fingers of God, in scripture, signify his power, strength or operation.

The magicians said to Pharaoh, this is the finger of God.

Exodus 8:19.

5. In music, ability; skill in playing on a keyed instrument. She has a good finger

FIN'GER, verb transitive

1. To handle with the fingers; to touch lightly; to toy. The covetous man delights to finger money.

2. To touch or take thievishly; to pilfer.

3. To touch an instrument of music; to play on an instrument.

4. To perform work with the fingers; to execute delicate work.

5. To handle without violence.

FIN'GER, verb intransitive To dispose the fingers aptly in playing on an instrument.