(Fin"ger) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fingered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Fingering.]
1. To touch with the fingers; to handle; to meddle with.
Let the papers lie;Shak.
You would be fingering them to anger me.
2. To touch lightly; to toy with.
3. (Mus.) (a) To perform on an instrument of music. (b) To mark the notes of (a piece of music) so
as to guide the fingers in playing.
4. To take thievishly; to pilfer; to purloin. Shak.
5. To execute, as any delicate work.
(Fin"ger), v. i. (Mus.) To use the fingers in playing on an instrument. Busby.
1. Having fingers.
2. (Bot.) Having leaflets like fingers; digitate.
3. (Mus.) Marked with figures designating which finger should be used for each note.
(Fin"ger*er) n. One who fingers; a pilferer.
1. The act or process of handling or touching with the fingers.
The mere sight and fingering of money.Grew.
2. The manner of using the fingers in playing or striking the keys of an instrument of music; movement
or management of the fingers in playing on a musical instrument, in typewriting, etc.
3. The marking of the notes of a piece of music to guide or regulate the action or use of the fingers.
4. Delicate work made with the fingers. Spenser.
(Fin"ger*ling) n. [Finger + -ling.] (Zoöl.) A young salmon. See Parr.
(Fin"gle-fan`gle) n. [From fangle.] A trifle. [Low] Hudibras.
(||Fin"gri*go) n.; pl. Fingrigos [So called in Jamaica.] (Bot.) A prickly, climbing shrub of the
genus Pisonia. The fruit is a kind of berry.
(Fin"i*al) n. [L. finire to finish, end. See Finish.] (Arch.) The knot or bunch of foliage, or foliated
ornament, that forms the upper extremity of a pinnacle in Gothic architecture; sometimes, the pinnacle
(Fin"i*cal) a. [From Fine, a.] Affectedly fine; overnice; unduly particular; fastidious. "Finical taste."
The gross style consists in giving no detail, the finical in giving nothing else.Hazlitt.