Definition of fingerprint in 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The high-profile pathologist said her role on site is minimal as the experts in photography, blood patterns, fingerprints and ballistics take over.’
    • ‘Luckily, the 16-year-old culprit left behind a fingerprint and detectives were able to trace him.’
    • ‘The pad of the finger is generally defined as the spot where the whorl of the fingerprint is located.’
    • ‘A machine scans the index finger, matching the customer's unique fingerprint with the individual's account.’
    • ‘As fingerprints are unique to each individual, so are shoeprints.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the technology to record unique information about my retinal patterns, fingerprints and facial measurements is very much a reality.’
    • ‘This will show any stains, fingerprints, scuff marks, or shiny places from handling.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Just like human fingerprints, the pattern of marks is individual to each monkey.’
    • ‘Biometric data includes information such as fingerprints and iris patterns.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everyone is born with a unique set of fingerprints and a unique palm print (pattern of lines on the palm).’
    • ‘Imperfections such as marks, lines and fingerprints only enhance the personality of these photos.’
    • ‘Biometric scanners use fingerprints, voice patterns, and facial characteristics to identify individuals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘These readings establish a fingerprint of the chemicals contained in the plant or extract.’
      • ‘Quasar light absorbed by gas in the protogalaxy has revealed the fingerprints of 25 star-forged elements.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘Serial samples that involve a change in the IS6110 fingerprint are distinguished from those that do not involve a change.’
      • ‘Collages, loops, jump-cut edits and adventurous (yet lo-fi) recording techniques give these songs a distinctive, timeless sonic 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 characteristic vibrations serve as molecular fingerprints.’
      • ‘Using this technique, absorption spectra that are a characteristic fingerprint of the sample analyzed are routinely obtained with minimum or no sample preparation.’
      • ‘He leaves his fingerprints on every aspect of the operation - even if he's not fit to be at the controls.’
      • ‘The magnet ‘maps’ molecules to identify their distinct fingerprints.’
      • ‘As such, they serve as distinctive fingerprints, suitable for differentiating among individual walnut trees within the same species.’
      • ‘The new chemicals leave gamma-ray fingerprints in the fireball for astronomers to find.’
      • ‘The band's sonic fingerprint remains as distinctive as ever.’

verb

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

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

Pronunciation

fingerprint

/ˈfiNGɡərˌprint//ˈfɪŋɡərˌprɪnt/