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FINGERPRINT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fingerprint mean? 

FINGERPRINT (noun)
  The noun FINGERPRINT has 3 senses:

1. biometric identification from a print made by an impression of the ridges in the skin of a finger; often used as evidence in criminal investigations
2. a generic term for any identifying characteristic
3. a smudge made by a (dirty) finger

  Familiarity information: FINGERPRINT used as a noun is uncommon.


FINGERPRINT (verb)
  The verb FINGERPRINT has 1 sense:

1. take an impression of a person's fingerprints

  Familiarity information: FINGERPRINT used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


FINGERPRINT (noun)


Sense 1fingerprint [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Biometric identification from a print made by an impression of the ridges in the skin of a finger; often used as evidence in criminal investigations

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("fingerprint" is a kind of...):

biometric authentication; biometric identification; identity verification (the automatic identification of living individuals by using their physiological and behavioral characteristics)

black and white; print (the result of the printing process)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fingerprint"):

loop (the basic pattern of the human fingerprint)

thumbprint (fingerprint made by the thumb (especially by the pad of the thumb))


Sense 2fingerprint [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A generic term for any identifying characteristic

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

that tax bill had the senator's fingerprints all over it

Hypernyms ("fingerprint" is a kind of...):

identification (evidence of identity; something that identifies a person or thing)


Sense 3fingerprint [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A smudge made by a (dirty) finger

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

fingermark; fingerprint

Hypernyms ("fingerprint" is a kind of...):

blot; daub; slur; smear; smirch; smudge; spot (a blemish made by dirt)


FINGERPRINT (verb)


Sense 1fingerprint [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take an impression of a person's fingerprints

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Hypernyms (to "fingerprint" is one way to...):

reproduce (make a copy or equivalent of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They want to fingerprint the prisoners


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