Fingers and Toes

Fingers and Toes


a birth defect in which one or more fingers or toes are missing.
a digit; a finger or toe. See also measurement.
the study of finger rings for purposes of description. — dactyliographer, n. — dactyliographic, adj.
the study and making of finger rings. — dactyliologist, n. — dactyliologic, adj.
a form of divination involving finger rings.
an inflammation of a finger or toe.
the study of fingerprints. — dactylographer, n. — dactylogram, n. — dactylographic, adj.
the science of communicating by sign language using the hands and fingers.
a condition in which one or more of the fingers is enlarged abnormally. — dactylomegalic, adj.
Rare. the practice of counting on the fingers.
the comparison of fingerprints for identification. — dactyloscopist, n. — dactyloscopie, adj.
Zoology. the condition of having only a single finger, toe, or claw on each limb. — monodactylous, monodactylic, adj.
inflammation and ulceration at the base of a fingernail; a felon or whitlow.
the art of divination through inspection of the fingernails. — onychomantic, adj.
the habit of biting the fingernails.
the loosening and falling off of the fingernails.
disease of the fingernails or toenails.
a pus-producing inflammation at the base of a fingernail or toenail; a felon or whitlow. Also called panaris.
the condition of having five digits on each hand and foot. — pentadactylous, adj.
the condition of having more than the normal number of fingers or toes. — polydactylous, adj.
a person who has six fingers or six toes.
References in classic literature ?
I was glad of it: I never liked long walks, especially on chilly afternoons: dreadful to me was the coming home in the raw twilight, with nipped fingers and toes, and a heart saddened by the chidings of Bessie, the nurse, and humbled by the consciousness of my physical inferiority to Eliza, John, and Georgiana Reed.
The man who had left his saw sticking in the firewood he was cutting, set it in motion again; the women who had left on a door-step the little pot of hot ashes, at which she had been trying to soften the pain in her own starved fingers and toes, or in those of her child, returned to it; men with bare arms, matted locks, and cadaverous faces, who had emerged into the winter light from cellars, moved away, to descend again; and a gloom gathered on the scene that appeared more natural to it than sunshine.
Their bodies were smaller and lighter in color, and their fingers and toes bore the rudiments of nails, which were entirely lacking among the males.
I saw the fingers and toes grasp the corners of the stones, worn clear of the mortar by the stress of years, and by thus using every projection and inequality move downwards with considerable speed, just as a lizard moves along a wall.
This other-self of mine is an ancestor, a progenitor of my progenitors in the early line of my race, himself the progeny of a line that long before his time developed fingers and toes and climbed up into the trees.
I've got the same flesh on my bones, the same ten fingers and toes.
Head, trunk and limbs were there; even the fingers and toes were distinctly defined; and many professed to see in the distribution and arrangement of the fibers in the globular mass representing the head a grotesque suggestion of a face.
The fingers and toes flow to their extent from the thawing mass of the body.
She felt her eyes opening wider and wider, her fingers and toes twitching nervously, something within oppressing her breathing, while all shapes and sounds seemed in the uncertain half-light to strike her with unaccustomed vividness.
When we came to Pampeluna itself, we found it so indeed; and to me, that had been always used to a hot climate, and to countries where I could scarce bear any clothes on, the cold was insufferable; nor, indeed, was it more painful than surprising to come but ten days before out of Old Castile, where the weather was not only warm but very hot, and immediately to feel a wind from the Pyrenean Mountains so very keen, so severely cold, as to be intolerable and to endanger benumbing and perishing of our fingers and toes.
Our horses were kept, or rather starved, underground; and as for our servants, whom we hired here to look after ourselves and horses, we had, every now and then, their fingers and toes to thaw and take care of, lest they should mortify and fall off.
The blood supply to fingers and toes (and sometimes ears and nose) is interrupted, making them go white and become very painful.