KJV Dictionary Definition: finger


FIN'GER, n. fing'ger.

1. One of the extreme parts of the hand, a small member shooting to a point. The fingers have joints which peculiarly fit them to be the instruments of catching, seizing and holding. When we speak of the fingers generally, we include the thumb; as the five fingers. But we often make a distinction. The fingers and thumb consist of fifteen bones; three to each. The word is applied to some other animals as well as to man.

2. A certain measure. We say a finger's breadth, or the breadth of the four fingers, or of three fingers.

3. The hand.

Who teacheth my fingers to fight. Ps. 146.

4. The finger or fingers of God, in scripture, signify his power, strength or operation.

The magicians said to Pharaoh, this is the finger of God.

Ex. 8.

5. In music, ability; skill in playing on a keyed instrument. She has a good finger.

FIN'GER, v.t.

1. To handle with the fingers; to touch lightly; to toy. The covetous man delights to finger money.

2. To touch or take thievishly; to pilfer.

3. To touch an instrument of music; to play on an instrument.

4. To perform work with the fingers; to execute delicate work.

5. To handle without violence.

FIN'GER, v.i. To dispose the fingers aptly in playing on an instrument.



1. Played on; handled; touched.

2. a. Having fingers. In botany, digitate; having leaflets like fingers.


FIN'GERING, ppr. Handling; touching lightly.


1. The act of touching lightly or handling.

2. The manner of touching an instrument of music.

3. Delicate work made with the fingers.