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Definition: finger alphabet
n : an alphabet used by the deaf; letters are represented by
finger positions [syn: manual alphabet
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Definition: Finger alphabet
(f[i^][ng]"g[~e]r), n. [AS. finger; akin to D.
vinger, OS. & OHG. fingar, G. finger, Icel. fingr, Sw. & Dan.
finger, Goth. figgrs; of unknown origin; perh. akin to E.
1. One of the five terminating members of the hand; a digit;
esp., one of the four extremities of the hand, other than
2. Anything that does the work of a finger; as, the pointer
of a clock, watch, or other registering machine;
especially (Mech.) a small projecting rod, wire, or piece,
which is brought into contact with an object to effect,
direct, or restrain a motion.
3. The breadth of a finger, or the fourth part of the hand; a
measure of nearly an inch; also, the length of finger, a
measure in domestic use in the United States, of about
four and a half inches or one eighth of a yard.
A piece of steel three fingers thick. --Bp. Wilkins.
4. Skill in the use of the fingers, as in playing upon a
musical instrument. [R.]
She has a good finger. --Busby.
, the little finger.
. See Dactylology
, the horizontal bar, carrying slotted spikes, or
fingers, through which the vibratory knives of mowing and
reaping machines play.
(Mus.), the part of a stringed instrument
against which the fingers press the strings to vary the
tone; the keyboard of a piano, organ, etc.; manual.
Finger bowl Finger glass
, a bowl or glass to hold water
for rinsing the fingers at table.
(Bot.), the foxglove.
(Bot.), a kind of grass (Panicum sanguinale
with slender radiating spikes; common crab grass. See
, under Crab
, a fly nut or thumb nut.
, a strip of metal, glass, etc., to protect a
painted or polished door from finger marks.
, a guide post bearing an index finger.
, reading printed in relief so as to be
sensible to the touch; -- so made for the blind.
(Zo["o]l.), a marine shell (Pholas dactylus
resembling a finger in form.
(Zo["o]l.), a sponge having finger-shaped
lobes, or branches.
, a cover or shield for a finger.
, a steel instrument for whetting a currier's
To burn one's fingers
. See under Burn
To have a finger in
, to be concerned in. [Colloq.]
To have at one's fingers' ends
, to be thoroughly familiar