Definitions for HANDhænd; ˈlɜr nɪd

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hand, manus, mitt, paw(noun)

    the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb

    "he had the hands of a surgeon"; "he extended his mitt"

  2. hired hand, hand, hired man(noun)

    a hired laborer on a farm or ranch

    "the hired hand fixed the railing"; "a ranch hand"

  3. handwriting, hand, script(noun)

    something written by hand

    "she recognized his handwriting"; "his hand was illegible"

  4. hand(noun)


    "he wanted to try his hand at singing"

  5. hand(noun)

    a position given by its location to the side of an object

    "objections were voiced on every hand"

  6. hand, deal(noun)

    the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time

    "I didn't hold a good hand all evening"; "he kept trying to see my hand"

  7. hand(noun)

    one of two sides of an issue

    "on the one hand..., but on the other hand..."

  8. hand(noun)

    a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece

    "the big hand counts the minutes"

  9. hand(noun)

    a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses

    "the horse stood 20 hands"

  10. hand(noun)

    a member of the crew of a ship

    "all hands on deck"

  11. bridge player, hand(noun)

    a card player in a game of bridge

    "we need a 4th hand for bridge"

  12. hand(noun)

    a round of applause to signify approval

    "give the little lady a great big hand"

  13. hand(noun)

    terminal part of the forelimb in certain vertebrates (e.g. apes or kangaroos)

    "the kangaroo's forearms seem undeveloped but the powerful five-fingered hands are skilled at feinting and clouting"- Springfield (Mass.) Union

  14. hand, helping hand(verb)

    physical assistance

    "give me a hand with the chores"

  15. pass, hand, reach, pass on, turn over, give(verb)

    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"

  16. hand(verb)

    guide or conduct or usher somewhere

    "hand the elderly lady into the taxi"


  1. hand(Noun)

    The part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in a human, and the corresponding part in many other animals.

  2. hand(Noun)

    That which resembles, or to some extent performs the office of, a human hand; as,

  3. hand(Noun)

    In long measure, two different lengths:

  4. hand(Noun)

    A side; part, camp; direction, either right or left.

  5. hand(Noun)

    Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill; dexterity.

  6. hand(Noun)

    Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance.

  7. hand(Verb)

    To manage.

  8. hand(Verb)

    To seize; to lay hands on.

  9. hand(Verb)

    To pledge by the hand; to handfast.

  10. hand(Verb)

    To furl.

  11. hand(Verb)

    To cooperate.

  12. hand(Noun)

    Personal possession; ownership; hence, control; direction; management; u2014 usually in the plural.

  13. hand(Noun)

    That which is, or may be, held in a hand at once.

  14. hand(Noun)

    Agency in transmission from one person to another.

  15. hand(Noun)

    Rate; price.

  16. hand(Noun)

    Each of the pointers on the face of an analog clock, which are used to indicate the time of day.

  17. hand(Noun)

    The small part of a gunstock near the lock, which is grasped by the hand in taking aim.

  18. hand(Noun)

    The collective noun for a bunch of bananas.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hand(noun)

    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

  2. Hand(noun)

    that which resembles, or to some extent performs the office of, a human hand

  3. Hand(noun)

    a limb of certain animals, as the foot of a hawk, or any one of the four extremities of a monkey

  4. Hand(noun)

    an index or pointer on a dial; as, the hour or minute hand of a clock

  5. Hand(noun)

    a measure equal to a hand's breadth, -- four inches; a palm. Chiefly used in measuring the height of horses

  6. Hand(noun)

    side; part; direction, either right or left

  7. Hand(noun)

    power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill; dexterity

  8. Hand(noun)

    actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance

  9. Hand(noun)

    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

  10. Hand(noun)

    handwriting; style of penmanship; as, a good, bad or running hand. Hence, a signature

  11. Hand(noun)

    personal possession; ownership; hence, control; direction; management; -- usually in the plural

  12. Hand(noun)

    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

  13. Hand(noun)

    rate; price

  14. Hand(noun)

    that which is, or may be, held in a hand at once

  15. Hand(noun)

    the quota of cards received from the dealer

  16. Hand(noun)

    a bundle of tobacco leaves tied together

  17. Hand(noun)

    the small part of a gunstock near the lock, which is grasped by the hand in taking aim

  18. Hand(verb)

    to give, pass, or transmit with the hand; as, he handed them the letter

  19. Hand(verb)

    to lead, guide, or assist with the hand; to conduct; as, to hand a lady into a carriage

  20. Hand(verb)

    to manage; as, I hand my oar

  21. Hand(verb)

    to seize; to lay hands on

  22. Hand(verb)

    to pledge by the hand; to handfast

  23. Hand(verb)

    to furl; -- said of a sail

  24. Hand(verb)

    to cooperate

  25. Origin: [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. hnd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hinan to seize (in comp.). Cf. Hunt.]


  1. Hand

    A hand is a prehensile, multi-fingered extremity located at the end of an arm or forelimb of primates and humans, chimpanzees, monkeys, and lemurs. A few other vertebrates such as the koala are often described as having either "hands" or "paws" on their front limbs. Hands are the main structures for physically manipulating the environment, used for both gross motor skills and fine motor skills. The fingertips contain some of the densest areas of nerve endings on the body, are the richest source of tactile feedback, and have the greatest positioning capability of the body; thus the sense of touch is intimately associated with hands. Like other paired organs, each hand is dominantly controlled by the opposing brain hemisphere, so that handedness, or the preferred hand choice for single-handed activities such as writing with a pencil, reflects individual brain functioning. Some evolutionary anatomists use the term hand to refer to the appendage of digits on the forelimb more generally — for example, in the context of whether the three digits of the bird hand involved the same homologous loss of two digits as in the dinosaur hand.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. hand

    1. A conventionalized bread-hook. 2. An attachment at the end of the human arm which gives to another a lemon, or something that the owner of the arm can no longer use or that is harmful to him.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. HAND

    [Usenet: very common] Abbreviation: Have A Nice Day. Typically used to close a Usenet posting, but also used to informally close emails; often preceded by HTH.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. HAND

    A much desired possession, supplied by The Damsel or The Dealer. =GLAD HAND=. The beggar's plea, the politician's sceptre and the drummer's ablest assistant.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'HAND' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #239

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'HAND' in Written Corpus Frequency: #423

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'HAND' in Nouns Frequency: #26

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'HAND' in Verbs Frequency: #379

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Swedish Interior Minister Anders Ygeman:

    On the other hand.

  2. Jamal Al Quda:

    It comes off my hand.

  3. Seneca:

    One hand washes the other.

  4. Glenda Hockridge:

    As long as a man kisses my hand.

  5. Dawlat Waziri:

    We have the upper hand in this fight.

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