Definitions for HANDhænd; ˈlɜr nɪd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the terminal, prehensile part of the arm in humans and higher primates, consisting of the wrist, metacarpals, fingers, and thumb.

    Category: Anatomy, Zoology

  2. the corresponding part of the forelimb in any four-legged vertebrate.

    Category: Anatomy, Zoology

  3. a terminal prehensile part, as the chela of a crustacean, or, in falconry, the foot of a falcon.

    Category: Zoology

  4. something resembling a hand in shape or function:

    the hands of a clock.

  5. Category: Printing

    Ref: index (def. 5). 8

  6. a person employed in manual labor or for general duty:

    a ranch hand.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  7. a person with great skill in or knowledge of something, esp. through long experience:

    an old hand at fund-raising.

  8. a person with reference to an ability or skill:

    a poor hand at running a business.

  9. skill; workmanship; characteristic touch:

    The painting shows a master's hand.

  10. Often, hands. possession or power; control, custody, or care:

    My fate is in your hands.

  11. a position, esp. one of control, used for bargaining, negotiating, etc.

  12. means; agency; instrumentality:

    death by his own hand.

  13. assistance; aid:

    Give me a hand with this ladder.

  14. side; direction:

    no traffic on either hand of the road.

  15. style of handwriting; penmanship.

  16. a person's signature:

    to set one's hand to a document.

  17. a round or outburst of applause for a performer.

  18. a promise or pledge, esp. in marriage.

  19. a linear measure equal to 4 inches (10.2 centimeters), used esp. in determining the height of horses.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  20. 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.

    Category: Games

  21. a bunch, cluster, or bundle of leaves, fruit, or the like.

  22. 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.

    Category: Machinery

  23. the properties of a fabric that can be sensed by touching it, as resilience and smoothness.

    Category: Textiles

  24. (v.t.)to deliver or pass with or as if with the hand.

  25. to help, assist, guide, etc., with the hand.

  26. to give or provide with:

    That handed me a laugh.

  27. hand down, to deliver (the decision of a court). to transmit, esp. to a succeeding generation.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  28. hand in, to submit; present for acceptance.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  29. hand off,Football. to hand the ball to a member of one's team in the course of a play.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Sport

  30. hand on, to transmit; pass on to a successor, posterity, etc.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  31. hand out, to give or distribute; pass out.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  32. hand over, to deliver to another; surrender control of.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  33. (adj.)of, belonging to, using, or used by the hand.

  34. made by hand.

  35. carried in or worn on the hand.

  36. operated by hand; manual.

Idioms for hand:

  1. at hand, within reach; ready for use; accessible. about to happen.

    Category: Idiom

  2. at the hand(s) of, by the action of; through the agency of.

    Category: Idiom

  3. by hand, by using the hands, as opposed to machines; manually.

    Category: Idiom

  4. change hands, to pass from one owner to another.

    Category: Idiom

  5. eat out of someone's hand, to be totally submissive to another.

    Category: Idiom

  6. force someone's hand, to compel a person to do or disclose something before he or she is ready to do so.

    Category: Idiom

  7. from hand to mouth, with nothing in reserve; precariously.

    Category: Idiom

  8. hand and foot, with slavish attentiveness:

    to wait on someone hand and foot.

    Category: Idiom

  9. hand in or and glove, in close association, esp. for nefarious purposes.

    Category: Idiom

  10. hand in hand, alongside one another while holding hands. closely associated; in cooperation.

    Category: Idiom

  11. hand over fist, speedily; increasingly:

    making money hand over fist.

    Category: Idiom

  12. hands down, effortlessly; easily. indisputably; incontestably.

    Category: Idiom

  13. hand to hand, in direct combat; at close quarters.

    Category: Idiom

  14. have a hand in, to participate in.

    Category: Idiom

  15. in hand, under control. in one's possession. in the process of consideration or settlement.

    Category: Idiom

  16. join hands, to unite in a common cause; combine.

    Category: Idiom

  17. keep one's hand in, to continue to work at or practice so as not to lose one's skill or knowledge.

    Category: Idiom

  18. 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.

    Category: Idiom

  19. on all hands or every hand, everywhere.

    Category: Idiom

  20. on hand, in one's possession; at one's disposal: present.

    cash on hand.

    Category: Idiom

  21. out of hand, completely out of control. without delay or deliberation.

    Category: Idiom

  22. show one's hand, to disclose one's true motives.

    Category: Idiom

  23. sit on one's hands, to fail to applaud. to fail to take appropriate action.

    Category: Idiom

  24. the back of one'sorthe hand to,one's contempt or rejection for.

    Category: Idiom

  25. to hand, within reach; accessible or nearby. into one's possession or view.

    Category: Idiom

  26. try one's hand at, to undertake so as to test one's aptitude for.

    Category: Idiom

  27. turn or put one's hand to, to set to work at; busy oneself with.

    Category: Idiom

  28. wash one's hands of, to abandon any further responsibility for.

    Category: Idiom

  29. with a heavy hand, with severity; oppressively. in a clumsy manner; awkwardly; gracelessly.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of hand:

bef. 900; ME, OE, c. OS hand, OHG hant, ON hǫnd, Go handus

Handhænd; ˈlɜr nɪd(n.)

  1. Category: Biography

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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. hand(noun)ænd

    the part of your body with fingers

    Hold your knife in your right hand.

  2. handænd

    (of two or more people) to hold each other's hand

    They walked along holding hands.

  3. handænd

    to greet sb by moving their hand up and down with yours

    They shook hands politely.

  4. handænd

    used to tell sb not to touch

    Hands off the camera!

  5. handænd

    to put up your hand because you want to speak

    Raise your hand if you know the answer.

  6. handænd

    one of the parts of a clock or watch that points to the numbers

    the small/big hand

  7. handænd

    to help sb

    Let me give you a hand with the cooking.

  8. handænd

    to help

    If everyone lends a hand we'll finish quickly.

  9. handænd

    near enough to reach or get easily

    I usually keep a bottle of water at hand.

  10. handænd

    made or done be a person, not a machine

    The fruit has to be picked by hand.

  11. handænd

    sb's responsibility

    The future of the company is in his hands.

  12. handænd

    available to be used

    volunteers on hand to help

  13. handænd

    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.

  14. handænd

    out of control

    The party was getting out of hand.

  15. handænd

    no longer in sb's control

    The matter is out of my hands.

  16. hand(verb)ænd

    to give sth to sb with your hand

    He handed her an envelope.; Lea handed the note to Dad.


  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


  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

Anagrams of HAND

  1. NADH

Translations for HAND

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the part of the body at the end of the arm.

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