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English noun: fingerprint

1. fingerprint (communication) a print made by an impression of the ridges in the skin of a finger; often used for biometric identification in criminal investigations

Broader (hypernym)biometric authentication, biometric identification, identity verification, mark, print

Narrower (hyponym)loop, thumbprint

2. fingerprint (communication) a generic term for any identifying characteristic

SamplesThat tax bill had the senator's fingerprints all over it.

Broader (hypernym)identification

3. fingerprint (attribute) a smudge made by a (dirty) finger


Broader (hypernym)blot, daub, slur, smear, smirch, smudge, spot

English verb: fingerprint

1. fingerprint (creation) take an impression of a person's fingerprints

ExamplesThey want to fingerprint the prisoners

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)reproduce

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