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fingertip

[fing-ger-tip] /ˈfɪŋ gərˌtɪp/
noun
1.
the tip or end of a finger.
2.
a covering used to protect the end joint of a finger.
adjective
3.
extending to the fingertips, as a coat, veil, etc.:
a fingertip jacket.
Idioms
4.
at one's fingertips,
  1. close at hand; easily or immediately available.
  2. at one's command or disposal, as recall of factual information:
    He has the answer at his fingertips.
5.
to one's fingertips, thoroughly; perfectly:
She was a politician to her fingertips.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; finger + tip1
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  • Industrial cutting laser in a fingertip for workers.
  • When our hands joined he tickled my palm with his fingertip.
  • Minutes later, he pauses and shines his headlamp on his fingertip-his signal for the presence of the tiniest creatures.
  • The sauces inspire even the headlong plate-wiper to stop, dip a fingertip, and touch it daintily to the tongue.
British Dictionary definitions for fingertip

fingertip

/ˈfɪŋɡəˌtɪp/
noun
1.
the end joint or tip of a finger
2.
another term for fingerstall
3.
at one's fingertips, readily available and within one's mental grasp
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Word Origin and History for fingertip
n.

1824, from finger (n.) + tip (n.). Related: Fingertips.

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fingertip in Medicine

fingertip fin·ger·tip (fĭng'gər-tĭp')
n.
The extreme end or tip of a finger.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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