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Hand meaning

hand - 32 dictionary results

  1. 1. a position given by its location to the side of an object; " objections were voiced on every hand"
  2. 2. a member of the crew of a ship; " all hands on deck"
  3. 3. a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses; " the horse stood 20 hands"
  4. 4. guide or conduct or usher somewhere; " hand the elderly lady into the taxi"
  5. 5. place into the hands or custody of; " hand me the spoon, please"; " Turn the files over to me, please"; " He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"
  6. 6. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in man and monkeys, and the corresponding part in many other animals; manus; paw. See Manus.
  7. 7. That which resembles, or to some extent performs the office of, a human hand
  8. 8. A limb of certain animals, as the foot of a hawk, or any one of the four extremities of a monkey.
  9. 9. An index or pointer on a dial; as, the hour or minute hand of a clock.
  10. 10. Side; part; direction, either right or left.
  11. 11. Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill; dexterity.
  12. 12. Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance.
  13. 13. An agent; a servant, or laborer; a workman, trained or competent for special service or duty; a performer more or less skillful; as, a deck hand; a farm hand; an old hand at speaking.
  14. 14. Handwriting; style of penmanship; as, a good, bad or running hand. Hence, a signature.
  15. 15. Agency in transmission from one person to another; as, to buy at first hand, that is, from the producer, or when new; at second hand, that is, when no longer in the producer's hand, or when not new.
  16. 16. Rate; price.
  17. 17. That which is, or may be, held in a hand at once
  18. 18. The quota of cards received from the dealer.
  19. 19. A bundle of tobacco leaves tied together.
  20. 20. The small part of a gunstock near the lock, which is grasped by the hand in taking aim.
  21. 21. To give, pass, or transmit with the hand; as, he handed them the letter.
  22. 22. To lead, guide, or assist with the hand; to conduct; as, to hand a lady into a carriage.
  23. 23. To manage; as, I hand my oar.
  24. 24. To seize; to lay hands on.
  25. 25. To pledge by the hand; to handfast.
  26. 26. To cooperate.
  27. 27. A gambling game played by American Indians, consisting of guessing the whereabouts of bits of ivory or the like, which are passed rapidly from hand to hand.
  28. 28. A measure equal to a hand's breadth, - four inches; a palm. Chiefly used in measuring the height of horses.
  29. 29. Personal possession; ownership; hence, control; direction; management; - usually in the plural.
  30. 30. To furl; - said of a sail.
  31. 31. The extremity of the arm below the wrist; anything which points; a workman; agency; handwriting.
  32. 32. To give with the hand; conduct by the hand.

hand - examples of usage

  1. You see he has no hand!" - "A Hazard of New Fortunes, Part Fifth", William Dean Howells.
  2. He had been up to give us a hand. - "The Ghost Pirates", William Hope Hodgson.
  3. He put out a hand. - "The Rough Road", William John Locke.
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