Definition of fingerprint in English:

fingerprint

noun

  • 1An impression or mark made on a surface by a person's fingertip, able to be used for identifying individuals from the unique pattern of whorls and lines on the fingertips.

    • ‘Everyone is born with a unique set of fingerprints and a unique palm print (pattern of lines on the palm).’
    • ‘Luckily, the 16-year-old culprit left behind a fingerprint and detectives were able to trace him.’
    • ‘What is most peculiar about the iris is that each is unique and unchangeable, so much so that many claim that the iris is a better identifier of an individual than fingerprints.’
    • ‘Observers can identify individual hyenas by their constellation-like spot patterns, each as unique as a human fingerprint.’
    • ‘A very talented individual with a lot of experience, may be able to identify a fingerprint that a less talented or newer examiner may not be able to identify.’
    • ‘As fingerprints are unique to each individual, so are shoeprints.’
    • ‘Human brains are as individualized and unique as human fingerprints.’
    • ‘Both fingerprints and the pattern of blood vessels in the eye are unique to each individual, staying constant throughout life.’
    • ‘The pad of the finger is generally defined as the spot where the whorl of the fingerprint is located.’
    • ‘He also criticised a change in the law under which police were able to retain fingerprints, a photograph and a DNA sample from him, despite his now having been cleared of all charges.’
    • ‘This will show any stains, fingerprints, scuff marks, or shiny places from handling.’
    • ‘To open the safe, a ‘learned’ finger is placed on the sensor, which then compares the fingerprint's unique pattern to those stored in its memory bank.’
    • ‘A machine scans the index finger, matching the customer's unique fingerprint with the individual's account.’
    • ‘Biometric data includes information such as fingerprints and iris patterns.’
    • ‘Imperfections such as marks, lines and fingerprints only enhance the personality of these photos.’
    • ‘But the technology to record unique information about my retinal patterns, fingerprints and facial measurements is very much a reality.’
    • ‘Biometric scanners use fingerprints, voice patterns, and facial characteristics to identify individuals.’
    • ‘The high-profile pathologist said her role on site is minimal as the experts in photography, blood patterns, fingerprints and ballistics take over.’
    • ‘Just like human fingerprints, the pattern of marks is individual to each monkey.’
    • ‘Your fingertips contain oil, which is why you leave fingerprints on surfaces when you touch them, and why cat burglars always wear gloves in the movies.’
    blemish, streak, spot, fleck, dot, blot, stain, smear, trace, speck, speckle, blotch, smudge, smut, smirch, fingermark, impression, imprint
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    1. 1.1 A distinctive identifying characteristic.
      ‘the faint chemical fingerprint of plastic explosives’
      • ‘As such, they serve as distinctive fingerprints, suitable for differentiating among individual walnut trees within the same species.’
      • ‘These characteristic vibrations serve as molecular fingerprints.’
      • ‘The two elements preserve an environmental fingerprint in the form of an isotope signature.’
      • ‘We can not only image the specimen, we can get the chemical fingerprint.’
      • ‘Using this technique, absorption spectra that are a characteristic fingerprint of the sample analyzed are routinely obtained with minimum or no sample preparation.’
      • ‘The energy shift is a function of the mass of the involved atoms and the binding strength and coordination, so every chemical species shows its own, distinct fingerprint.’
      • ‘The new chemicals leave gamma-ray fingerprints in the fireball for astronomers to find.’
      • ‘Serial samples that involve a change in the IS6110 fingerprint are distinguished from those that do not involve a change.’
      • ‘The fact that they can still make things flow and leave their distinct fingerprint intact, despite the variety, is one of the greatest things I can say for the band.’
      • ‘He leaves his fingerprints on every aspect of the operation - even if he's not fit to be at the controls.’
      • ‘The chemical cal elements in the matter emit X-rays of a characteristic wavelength and can therefore be identified through their spectral fingerprint.’
      • ‘The magnet ‘maps’ molecules to identify their distinct fingerprints.’
      • ‘Collages, loops, jump-cut edits and adventurous (yet lo-fi) recording techniques give these songs a distinctive, timeless sonic fingerprint.’
      • ‘Quasar light absorbed by gas in the protogalaxy has revealed the fingerprints of 25 star-forged elements.’
      • ‘The band's sonic fingerprint remains as distinctive as ever.’
      • ‘These readings establish a fingerprint of the chemicals contained in the plant or extract.’

verb

[with object]
  • Record the fingerprints of.

    ‘I was booked, fingerprinted, and locked up for the night’
    • ‘Between now and mid-November, everyone at the Red Cross holding centre will be fingerprinted and interviewed to determine their country of origin.’
    • ‘In Italy, all immigrants will soon have to be fingerprinted.’
    • ‘Some of them will be fingerprinted and photographed when they arrive.’
    • ‘Before charges are laid he is fingerprinted, photographed and required to provide a sample of his DNA for indefinite retention by the police database.’
    • ‘Visits are allowed only to named individual refugees and all visitors are fingerprinted.’
    • ‘He took a further step in 1929 and began fingerprinting all civil servants.’
    • ‘And then the next morning, they fingerprinted me and took me to juvenile hall.’
    • ‘Simply to retain the magazines currently owned, a person would have to be fingerprinted, and pay heavy federal taxes.’
    • ‘Police then dragged him back onto his feet and took him to the justice center to be fingerprinted and booked.’
    • ‘She has been taken to a local processing center, where she will be fingerprinted, photographed, ticketed and released.’
    • ‘Suspicious visitors to be fingerprinted, photographed and possibly subjected to background checks.’
    • ‘It's frustrating for the police so many declined, but the process could only be voluntary and people have the civil right not to be fingerprinted.’
    • ‘We will fingerprint visitors who need visas and those planning longer stays before they arrive.’
    • ‘They say it happened when they were detained and fingerprinted by border agents after returning from a religious conference in Canada.’
    • ‘People arrested but not charged are fingerprinted.’
    • ‘Members of the staff who had immediate access to that storage room were also fingerprinted and compared against those prints, and there are also no matches.’
    • ‘Currently only those over 14 are fingerprinted.’
    • ‘‘No, I've never been fingerprinted,’ I assured him, as he pulled out what appeared to be an ink pad and blotter.’

Pronunciation

fingerprint

/ˈfɪŋɡəprɪnt/