Fingerprint Fin"ger*print, n. [Finger + print.] 1. an impression of the pattern of ridges on the skin of the last joint of a person's finger, left on a surface after a person has touched the surface.

Note: Fingerprints left by persons who have committed crimes are considered as reliable physical evidence linking an individual with a crime, because each person's fingerprints are distinctively different from those of others, allowing identification of a person with high confidence. [PJC]

2. a fingerprint[1] made intentionally in ink on a paper form for the purpose of identification of the individual. [PJC]

3. any distinctive pattern of characteristics or properties of an object which can serve to identify that object; as, the distinctive fingerprint of eugenol in the mass spectrum allowed easy recognition of its presence in the sample. [PJC]

4. a smudge made by a (dirty) finger. [WordNet sense 3]

Syn: fingermark. [WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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