Definition of fingerprint in US English:

fingerprint

noun

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

    ‘the police had his fingerprints on file’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the technology to record unique information about my retinal patterns, fingerprints and facial measurements is very much a reality.’
    • ‘As fingerprints are unique to each individual, so are shoeprints.’
    • ‘Just like human fingerprints, the pattern of marks is individual to each monkey.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Imperfections such as marks, lines and fingerprints only enhance the personality of these photos.’
    • ‘The high-profile pathologist said her role on site is minimal as the experts in photography, blood patterns, fingerprints and ballistics take over.’
    • ‘A machine scans the index finger, matching the customer's unique fingerprint with the individual's account.’
    • ‘This will show any stains, fingerprints, scuff marks, or shiny places from handling.’
    • ‘Human brains are as individualized and unique as human fingerprints.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The pad of the finger is generally defined as the spot where the whorl of the fingerprint is located.’
    • ‘Biometric data includes information such as fingerprints and iris patterns.’
    • ‘Biometric scanners use fingerprints, voice patterns, and facial characteristics to identify individuals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both fingerprints and the pattern of blood vessels in the eye are unique to each individual, staying constant throughout life.’
    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’
      • ‘The two elements preserve an environmental fingerprint in the form of an isotope signature.’
      • ‘Using this technique, absorption spectra that are a characteristic fingerprint of the sample analyzed are routinely obtained with minimum or no sample preparation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We can not only image the specimen, we can get the chemical fingerprint.’
      • ‘The new chemicals leave gamma-ray fingerprints in the fireball for astronomers to find.’
      • ‘The magnet ‘maps’ molecules to identify their distinct fingerprints.’
      • ‘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 chemical cal elements in the matter emit X-rays of a characteristic wavelength and can therefore be identified through their spectral fingerprint.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These readings establish a fingerprint of the chemicals contained in the plant or extract.’
      • ‘These characteristic vibrations serve as molecular fingerprints.’
      • ‘He leaves his fingerprints on every aspect of the operation - even if he's not fit to be at the controls.’
      • ‘As such, they serve as distinctive fingerprints, suitable for differentiating among individual walnut trees within the same species.’
      • ‘Collages, loops, jump-cut edits and adventurous (yet lo-fi) recording techniques give these songs a distinctive, timeless sonic fingerprint.’
      • ‘Serial samples that involve a change in the IS6110 fingerprint are distinguished from those that do not involve a change.’

verb

[with object]
  • Record the fingerprints of (someone)

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

Pronunciation

fingerprint

/ˈfiNGɡərˌprint//ˈfɪŋɡərˌprɪnt/