Definition of fingertip in English:



  • 1The tip of a finger.

    • ‘She'd pressed her fingertips to his temples and stared into his eyes.’
    • ‘She suffered injuries to her shoulder and neck and lost the feeling of the fingertips in her right hand.’
    • ‘As his fingertips caress my sides, I giggle softly at the ticklish sensations.’
    • ‘He slid it slowly through my fine hair, stroking it hesitantly with his fingertips.’
    • ‘Smear it over the entire eyelid with your fingertips, then add black mascara and eye pencil along the upper lash line.’
    • ‘I raised my hand slowly to his arm and my fingertips slowly traced up his arm.’
    • ‘I can see my breath when I breathe, I can't feel my fingertips or the tips of my toes or ears.’
    • ‘I wondered if I'd had a heart attack, because I couldn't feel my toes and fingertips.’
    • ‘"You haven't shaved in a while, " she said, tracing her index fingertip over the stubble.’
    • ‘He went up to her and placed his tender fingertips against her soft cheek.’
    • ‘Gingerly, she extended her hand and allowed her fingertips to trace over the weals that zigzagged down his back.’
    • ‘As soon as I began working my fingertips higher up in the crack, I suddenly slipped off and dropped onto the rope.’
    • ‘His fingertips accompany the arguments, each hand movement seemingly choreographed.’
    • ‘The muscles in his forearms tapered into strong, tanned hands and calloused fingertips.’
    • ‘I hold my hands in front of my face, the fingertips blanching a little in the cold.’
    • ‘I felt his calloused fingertips brush against my open palm.’
    • ‘She caught my hand and for a few seconds studied my fingertips before meeting my eyes.’
    • ‘Suddenly, she felt a few rough fingertips softly touch her arm.’
    • ‘She made an audible gasp, touching the fingertips of her other hand to the ring.’
    • ‘He placed his hands in front of him, fingertips touching to form a tower.’
    1. 1.1as modifier Using or operated by the fingers.
      ‘police made a fingertip search of the area’
      • ‘Once the bleeding was under control, fingertip bandages work well to compress the injury.’
      • ‘They sealed off the two-storey block opposite Bethesda Evangelical Church as forensic scientists conducted a fingertip search.’
      • ‘Police sealed off surrounding streets while officers carried out a fingertip search of the area.’
      • ‘He has a soft fingertip grip, and his hand is firmly behind the ball.’
      • ‘The safes are constructed of 16-gauge steel and feature fingertip keypads.’
      • ‘It's as comfortable for those who use a palm grip as it is for those who prefer a fingertip hold, even after extended use.’
      • ‘It's an electronic watch with a fingertip sensor that works by reacting to a person's skin chemistry while an electronic bar graph shows if a person's response is honest or dishonest.’
      • ‘Police immediately cordoned off the area as forensic experts carried out fingertip searches for evidence.’
      • ‘He appeared in court in a hooded white forensics suit - the type usually worn by police carrying out fingertip searches of crime scenes.’
      • ‘A fingertip search of the area was also being conducted and police are still looking for the murder weapon that may have been thrown away as the killers fled.’
      • ‘The technology consists of a fingertip pulse sensor that plugs into a desktop computer, along with a software program that provides students with a visual representation of what's going on inside them.’
      • ‘Dozens of police officers remained in the area to carry out a fingertip search of nearby gardens.’


  • at one's fingertips

    • (especially of information) readily available; accessible.

      ‘until we have more facts at our fingertips, there is no use in speculating’
      • ‘Numerous helpful online resources for evidence-based practice exist and are readily available at your fingertips.’
      • ‘Many companies lack the IT infrastructure to give staff access to information at their fingertips, with the problem particularly acute among smaller businesses.’
      • ‘These days, with the amount of information available at our fingertips via the internet, it is easier than ever to create your own ‘DIY’ holiday.’
      • ‘What immediately strikes you about the game is the vast amount of information and control available at your fingertips.’
      • ‘Our new pupil achievement tracker means that teachers will have information at their fingertips to analyse past and current attainment so that they can tailor lessons and progression to each pupil's needs.’
      • ‘Globalisation has made the world a global village and information is available at our fingertips.’
      • ‘In the Internet era, when facts are literally at one's fingertips, marshaling information is no longer enough to constitute learning.’
      • ‘It is just amazing that so much information is free and at your fingertips - be awed and think about it every once in a while.’
      • ‘The Internet can be a bit overwhelming with the amount of information readily available at your fingertips.’
      • ‘Explore one or more of these resources and review the information available at your fingertips.’
      obtainable, accessible, to be had, ready for use, at hand, to hand, at one's disposal, at one's fingertips, within easy reach, handy, convenient
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  • by one's fingertips

    • Only with difficulty.

      ‘the prime minister clung on to power by his fingertips’
      • ‘We hear constantly from our members about faithful Catholics who are embarrassed to call themselves Catholics, who are hanging onto their membership by their fingertips, or who have actually left the Church.’
      • ‘United's defence then had to endure a nail-biting few minutes, but hung on by their fingertips.’
      • ‘The current coach is clinging on by his fingertips, and last weekend's Murrayfield defeat was expected, even by most fervent Welsh supporters.’
      • ‘All this would be enough to leave him hanging by his fingertips.’
      • ‘So I feel like I'm hanging on in there by my fingertips.’
      • ‘Carter had to cling by his fingertips to victories in Ohio and Mississippi to claim the presidency.’
      • ‘Raith were clinging on by their fingertips at the end and home scorer Sheerin earned his pay packet with a series of superb close - calls.’
      • ‘The margin was about right in the end and the two late Welsh tries that came too late to affect the outcome were merited as Scotland spent long periods of the second half hanging on by their fingertips.’
      • ‘Spring himself was badly rattled by the experience of the all-night recount which saw him hang on by his fingertips.’
      • ‘In fact, most of them are clinging on by their fingertips to existence.’
  • to one's fingertips

    • Completely.

      ‘he is a professional to his fingertips’
      • ‘Tommy Lyons was a gentleman to his fingertips who enlightened many a cause and gathering.’
      • ‘Elegant and dignified, she was always a lady to her fingertips.’
      • ‘A technocrat to his fingertips, he is exactly the kind of individual who keeps modern civilization moving smoothly along.’
      • ‘He was political to his fingertips, but immensely wary of political jargon.’
      • ‘A gentleman to his fingertips, Mattie commanded great regard and respect wherever he went.’
      • ‘A sportsman to his fingertips, he retained an avid interest in the affairs of club and county to the very end.’
      • ‘A gentleman to his fingertips, honesty and integrity are among the foremost of his many outstanding attributes.’
      • ‘He was not a proconsul but a fine example of the kind of man who turns the dreams of proconsuls into reality, capable of dreams himself but a professional soldier to his fingertips.’
      • ‘In everyday life he's a gentleman to his fingertips, and professionally he is just about as meticulous and capable at his job as anyone you could ever hope to encounter.’
      • ‘It was sufficient to see him in a laboratory managing a piece of apparatus, or carrying out a reaction, to know that he was a chemist to his fingertips.’