from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A cover or cot worn on a finger to protect it, as when injured, or in dissecting, etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun a sheath worn to protect a finger.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a sheath worn to protect a finger
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Hanging from the cascabel are two pouches: the tube-pouch containing friction "tubes" (primers for the vent) and the lanyard; and the gunner's pouch with the gunner's level, breech-sight, pick, gimlet, vent-punch, chalk, and fingerstall (a leather cover for the gunner's second left finger when the gun gets hot).
_Take implements_ the gunner stepped to the cascabel and handed the vent-cover to No. 2; the tube-pouch he gave to No. 3; he put on his fingerstall, leveled the gun with the elevating screw, applied his level to base ring and muzzle to find the highest points of the barrel, and marked these points with chalk for a line of sight.
Here and there, on the dry bank over which the clematis projected like an eave, there stood tall campanulas, their blue bells as large as the fingerstall of a foxglove.
The Life of the Fields Richard Jefferies 1867
A small alteration expedites the process considerably: the child puts on the forefinger of its right hand a small cloth cap or fingerstall, and rolling out of the heap from six to twelve needles, he keeps them down by the forefinger of the left hand, whilst he presses the forefinger of the right hand gently against their ends: those which have the points towards the right hand stick into the fingerstall; and the child, removing the finger of the left hand, slightly raises the needles sticking into the cloth, and then pushes them towards the left side.
On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures Charles Babbage 1831