Definition of fingermark in English:



  • A mark left on a surface by a dirty or greasy finger.

    ‘this cleaner takes fingermarks and smudges off painted woodwork’
    • ‘There were fingermarks on the pelican's neck where it was held very tightly while someone hit it with something heavy.’
    • ‘The ready-to-use dressings and partially used jars of ointment, with fingermarks showing where scoops of salve had been removed, indicate that the surgeon was standing by for action, if not already engaged, when the Mary Rose sank.’
    • ‘Faulds became fascinated with the fingermarks he found preserved at an archaeological dig in Tokyo.’
    • ‘I'd be scared to even touch a guitar that cost that much in case I left even a fingermark on it, let alone scratched it.’
    • ‘The coroner says ‘No, but there are impressions here like fingermarks.’’
    • ‘He clasped his thighs, trembling, and Sandrine was sure there would be bruises under those fingermarks tomorrow.’
    • ‘‘With this Mr Amos hit my brother so hard across the face his fingermarks were left on his face, and then he sat down and ate my brother's breakfast, saying ‘nothing more for this boy today from any of you’, meaning the kitchen staff.’’
    • ‘Erin found herself gripping Jesse hard enough to leave fingermarks.’
    • ‘She rubbed at the silvery triangle left by her fingermarks with her sleeve.’
    • ‘The artist left deep fingermarks on the rims of some bowls, traces of where he lifted or deformed the ‘finished’ product.’
    • ‘As you did so, you noticed that one of them, the top one, had a dirty fingermark in the corner.’
    • ‘Archaeologists excavating the site of a major Roman temple in London have found a sealed box containing a white cream still bearing the fingermarks of the person who last used it, nearly 2,000 years ago.’
    • ‘The sound reverberated around the room, and her fingermarks stood out in the red imposed on her brother's cheek.’
    imperfection, fault, flaw, defect, deformity, discoloration, disfigurement
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