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[fing-ger-tip] /ˈfɪŋ gərˌtɪp/
the tip or end of a finger.
a covering used to protect the end joint of a finger.
extending to the fingertips, as a coat, veil, etc.:
a fingertip jacket.
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.
to one's fingertips, thoroughly; perfectly:
She was a politician to her fingertips.
Origin of fingertip
1835-45; finger + tip1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The next move was to clap your fingertip upon that dot and straighten out your neck and eyes and apply the bow.

  • For all apparent purposes it was like having a lightning bolt in your fingertip.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
  • It swept the floor with a giant hand, a fingertip barely touching Charlie and almost knocking him senseless.

    A World Called Crimson Darius John Granger
  • Blumberg smiled at the other, and tapped his own head three times with his fingertip.

    The Martian Allen Glasser
  • Colonel Fraser paused to tamp down the tobacco in his pipe with a fingertip.

    Dave Dawson with the R.A.F R. Sidney Bowen
  • She rolled over and grabbed my keyboard and scribed on the touchpad with her fingertip.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • "I always say that, too," Jason agreed, digging into his boot with his fingertip.

    The Ethical Engineer Henry Maxwell Dempsey
  • Perry looked at the table, doodling in the puddles of beer with a fingertip.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • Martin pressed another lever and the crane now could be moved in any direction by fingertip pulls at its extremity.

    Code Three Rick Raphael
British Dictionary definitions for fingertip


the end joint or tip of a finger
another term for fingerstall
at one's fingertips, readily available and within one's mental grasp
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fingertip

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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fingertip in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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