Definitions for HANDhænd; ˈlɜr nɪd
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the terminal, prehensile part of the arm in humans and higher primates, consisting of the wrist, metacarpals, fingers, and thumb.
Category: Anatomy, Zoology
the corresponding part of the forelimb in any four-legged vertebrate.
Category: Anatomy, Zoology
a terminal prehensile part, as the chela of a crustacean, or, in falconry, the foot of a falcon.
something resembling a hand in shape or function:
the hands of a clock.
Ref: index (def. 5). 8
a person employed in manual labor or for general duty:
a ranch hand.
Category: Common Vocabulary
a person with great skill in or knowledge of something, esp. through long experience:
an old hand at fund-raising.
a person with reference to an ability or skill:
a poor hand at running a business.
skill; workmanship; characteristic touch:
The painting shows a master's hand.
Often, hands. possession or power; control, custody, or care:
My fate is in your hands.
a position, esp. one of control, used for bargaining, negotiating, etc.
means; agency; instrumentality:
death by his own hand.
Give me a hand with this ladder.
no traffic on either hand of the road.
style of handwriting; penmanship.
a person's signature:
to set one's hand to a document.
a round or outburst of applause for a performer.
a promise or pledge, esp. in marriage.
a linear measure equal to 4 inches (10.2 centimeters), used esp. in determining the height of horses.
Category: Weights and Measures
Cards. the cards dealt to or held by each player at one time. the person holding the cards. a single part of a game, in which all the cards dealt at one time are played.
a bunch, cluster, or bundle of leaves, fruit, or the like.
the deviation of a thread or tooth from the axial direction of a screw or gear, as seen from one end looking away toward the other.
the properties of a fabric that can be sensed by touching it, as resilience and smoothness.
(v.t.)to deliver or pass with or as if with the hand.
to help, assist, guide, etc., with the hand.
to give or provide with:
That handed me a laugh.
hand down, to deliver (the decision of a court). to transmit, esp. to a succeeding generation.
Category: Verb Phrase
hand in, to submit; present for acceptance.
Category: Verb Phrase
hand off,Football. to hand the ball to a member of one's team in the course of a play.
Category: Verb Phrase, Sport
hand on, to transmit; pass on to a successor, posterity, etc.
Category: Verb Phrase
hand out, to give or distribute; pass out.
Category: Verb Phrase
hand over, to deliver to another; surrender control of.
Category: Verb Phrase
(adj.)of, belonging to, using, or used by the hand.
made by hand.
carried in or worn on the hand.
operated by hand; manual.
Idioms for hand:
at hand, within reach; ready for use; accessible. about to happen.
at the hand(s) of, by the action of; through the agency of.
by hand, by using the hands, as opposed to machines; manually.
change hands, to pass from one owner to another.
eat out of someone's hand, to be totally submissive to another.
force someone's hand, to compel a person to do or disclose something before he or she is ready to do so.
from hand to mouth, with nothing in reserve; precariously.
hand and foot, with slavish attentiveness:
to wait on someone hand and foot.
hand in or and glove, in close association, esp. for nefarious purposes.
hand in hand, alongside one another while holding hands. closely associated; in cooperation.
hand over fist, speedily; increasingly:
making money hand over fist.
hands down, effortlessly; easily. indisputably; incontestably.
hand to hand, in direct combat; at close quarters.
have a hand in, to participate in.
in hand, under control. in one's possession. in the process of consideration or settlement.
join hands, to unite in a common cause; combine.
keep one's hand in, to continue to work at or practice so as not to lose one's skill or knowledge.
lay hands on, to obtain; acquire. to seize, esp. in order to punish. to impose the hands on in a ceremonial fashion, as in ordination.
on all hands or every hand, everywhere.
on hand, in one's possession; at one's disposal: present.
cash on hand.
out of hand, completely out of control. without delay or deliberation.
show one's hand, to disclose one's true motives.
sit on one's hands, to fail to applaud. to fail to take appropriate action.
the back of one'sorthe hand to,one's contempt or rejection for.
to hand, within reach; accessible or nearby. into one's possession or view.
try one's hand at, to undertake so as to test one's aptitude for.
turn or put one's hand to, to set to work at; busy oneself with.
wash one's hands of, to abandon any further responsibility for.
with a heavy hand, with severity; oppressively. in a clumsy manner; awkwardly; gracelessly.
Origin of hand:
bef. 900; ME, OE, c. OS hand, OHG hant, ON hǫnd, Go handus
Handhænd; ˈlɜr nɪd(n.)
hand, manus, mitt, paw(noun)
the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb
"he had the hands of a surgeon"; "he extended his mitt"
hired hand, hand, hired man(noun)
a hired laborer on a farm or ranch
"the hired hand fixed the railing"; "a ranch hand"
handwriting, hand, script(noun)
something written by hand
"she recognized his handwriting"; "his hand was illegible"
"he wanted to try his hand at singing"
a position given by its location to the side of an object
"objections were voiced on every hand"
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"
one of two sides of an issue
"on the one hand..., but on the other hand..."
a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece
"the big hand counts the minutes"
a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses
"the horse stood 20 hands"
a member of the crew of a ship
"all hands on deck"
bridge player, hand(noun)
a card player in a game of bridge
"we need a 4th hand for bridge"
a round of applause to signify approval
"give the little lady a great big hand"
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
hand, helping hand(verb)
"give me a hand with the chores"
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"
guide or conduct or usher somewhere
"hand the elderly lady into the taxi"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
the part of your body with fingers
Hold your knife in your right hand.
(of two or more people) to hold each other's hand
They walked along holding hands.
to greet sb by moving their hand up and down with yours
They shook hands politely.
used to tell sb not to touch
Hands off the camera!
to put up your hand because you want to speak
Raise your hand if you know the answer.
one of the parts of a clock or watch that points to the numbers
the small/big hand
to help sb
Let me give you a hand with the cooking.
If everyone lends a hand we'll finish quickly.
near enough to reach or get easily
I usually keep a bottle of water at hand.
made or done be a person, not a machine
The fruit has to be picked by hand.
The future of the company is in his hands.
available to be used
volunteers on hand to help
used for introducing two opposing opinions
On one hand I'd love to see them, but on the other hand it's a long way to travel.
out of control
The party was getting out of hand.
no longer in sb's control
The matter is out of my hands.
to give sth to sb with your hand
He handed her an envelope.; Lea handed the note to Dad.
The part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in a human, and the corresponding part in many other animals.
That which resembles, or to some extent performs the office of, a human hand; as,
In long measure, two different lengths:
A side; part, camp; direction, either right or left.
Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill; dexterity.
Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance.
To seize; to lay hands on.
To pledge by the hand; to handfast.
Personal possession; ownership; hence, control; direction; management; u2014 usually in the plural.
That which is, or may be, held in a hand at once.
Agency in transmission from one person to another.
Each of the pointers on the face of an analog clock, which are used to indicate the time of day.
The small part of a gunstock near the lock, which is grasped by the hand in taking aim.
The collective noun for a bunch of bananas.
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
that which resembles, or to some extent performs the office of, a human hand
a limb of certain animals, as the foot of a hawk, or any one of the four extremities of a monkey
an index or pointer on a dial; as, the hour or minute hand of a clock
a measure equal to a hand's breadth, -- four inches; a palm. Chiefly used in measuring the height of horses
side; part; direction, either right or left
power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill; dexterity
actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance
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
handwriting; style of penmanship; as, a good, bad or running hand. Hence, a signature
personal possession; ownership; hence, control; direction; management; -- usually in the plural
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
that which is, or may be, held in a hand at once
the quota of cards received from the dealer
a bundle of tobacco leaves tied together
the small part of a gunstock near the lock, which is grasped by the hand in taking aim
to give, pass, or transmit with the hand; as, he handed them the letter
to lead, guide, or assist with the hand; to conduct; as, to hand a lady into a carriage
to manage; as, I hand my oar
to seize; to lay hands on
to pledge by the hand; to handfast
to furl; -- said of a sail
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. 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
[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
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
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Rank popularity for the word 'HAND' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #239
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'HAND' in Written Corpus Frequency: #423
Rank popularity for the word 'HAND' in Nouns Frequency: #26
Rank popularity for the word 'HAND' in Verbs Frequency: #379
Translations for HAND
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the part of the body at the end of the arm.
- mãoPortuguese (BR)
- die HandGerman
- šaka, rukaCroatian
- roka; plaukstaLatvian
- кисть рукиRussian
- 手Chinese (Trad.)
- bàn tayVietnamese
- 手Chinese (Simp.)
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