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forefinger

[fawr-fing-ger, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌfɪŋ gər, ˈfoʊr-/
noun
1.
the first finger next to the thumb.
Also called index finger.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English forefyngure. See fore-, finger
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  • The mbira is typically played with the two thumbs stroking down and the right forefinger stroking up.
  • The strings are plucked with thumb and forefinger only and the playing has a maniacal start-and-stop quality.
  • Held up at arm's length, your forefinger blocks out more than half a degree, enough to obscure the half-degree moon.
  • Corporate profits are pinched between the forefinger of a strong yen and the thumb of higher energy prices.
  • The militants, it was rumoured, meant to cut off the inky forefinger of anyone thus marked as having disobeyed their injunction.
  • Use your thumb and forefinger to push the seeds out of each of the wedges.
  • They reported such sensations as a tingle in the left forefinger, seeing a blue flash, and hearing a low-pitched hum.
  • He sits on the side of the bed next to me and applies his fingers to a spot between the thumb and forefinger of each hand.
  • The pustule on the forefinger shews the disease in an earlier stage.
  • Fold the monofilament line over and pinch the resulting loop between your thumb and forefinger.
British Dictionary definitions for forefinger

forefinger

/ˈfɔːˌfɪŋɡə/
noun
1.
the finger next to the thumb Also called index finger
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Word Origin and History for forefinger
n.

mid-15c., from fore- + finger (n.). So called because it is considered the first next to the thumb.

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forefinger in Medicine

forefinger fore·fin·ger (fôr'fĭng'gər)
n.
See index finger.

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Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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