Definitions for palmpɑm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the part of the inner surface of the hand that extends from the wrist to the bases of the fingers.

    Category: Anatomy, Zoology

  2. the corresponding part of the forefoot of an animal.

    Category: Zoology

  3. the part of a glove covering this part of the hand.

    Category: Clothing

  4. a unit of measure ranging from 3 to 4 inches (7.5 to 10 cm), based on the breadth of the hand. a unit of measure ranging from 7 to 10 inches (17.5 to 25 cm), based on the length of the hand.

    Category: Weights and Measures

  5. the flat, expanded part of the antler of a deer.

    Category: Zoology

  6. the blade of an oar. the inner face of an anchor fluke.

    Category: Navy, Nautical

  7. (v.t.)to conceal in the palm.

  8. to pick up stealthily.

  9. to hold in the hand.

  10. to impose (something) fraudulently:

    to palm stolen jewels on tourists.

  11. to touch or stroke with the palm or hand.

  12. to grip (a basketball) momentarily with the hand while dribbling: a rule violation.

    Category: Sport

  13. palm off, to foist upon someone, as by deception or fraud:

    to palm off a forgery on a museum.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Origin of palm:

1300–50; ME paume, palme < MF < L palma, c. OE folm hand



  1. any of numerous plants of the palm family, most species being tall, unbranched trees surmounted by a crown of large pinnate or palmately cleft leaves.

    Category: Plants

  2. a leaf or branch of such a tree, esp. as formerly carried to signify victory.

  3. a representation of such a leaf or branch, as on a military decoration, indicating a second award of the decoration.

  4. victory; triumph; success.

Origin of palm:

bef. 900; ME, OE < L palma palm tree, palm1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. palm, thenar(noun)

    the inner surface of the hand from the wrist to the base of the fingers

  2. palm(noun)

    a linear unit based on the length or width of the human hand

  3. palm, palm tree(noun)

    any plant of the family Palmae having an unbranched trunk crowned by large pinnate or palmate leaves

  4. decoration, laurel wreath, medal, medallion, palm, ribbon(verb)

    an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event

  5. handle, palm(verb)

    touch, lift, or hold with the hands

    "Don't handle the merchandise"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. palm(noun)ɑm

    the inside part of your hand

    He held three coins in the palm of his hand.

  2. palmɑm

    a palm tree

    a date palm

Webster Dictionary

  1. Palm(noun)

    the inner and somewhat concave part of the hand between the bases of the fingers and the wrist

  2. Palm(noun)

    a lineal measure equal either to the breadth of the hand or to its length from the wrist to the ends of the fingers; a hand; -- used in measuring a horse's height

  3. Palm(noun)

    a metallic disk, attached to a strap, and worn the palm of the hand, -- used to push the needle through the canvas, in sewing sails, etc

  4. Palm(noun)

    the broad flattened part of an antler, as of a full-grown fallow deer; -- so called as resembling the palm of the hand with its protruding fingers

  5. Palm(noun)

    the flat inner face of an anchor fluke

  6. Palm(noun)

    any endogenous tree of the order Palmae or Palmaceae; a palm tree

  7. Palm(noun)

    a branch or leaf of the palm, anciently borne or worn as a symbol of victory or rejoicing

  8. Palm(noun)

    any symbol or token of superiority, success, or triumph; also, victory; triumph; supremacy

  9. Palm(verb)

    to handle

  10. Palm(verb)

    to manipulate with, or conceal in, the palm of the hand; to juggle

  11. Palm(verb)

    to impose by fraud, as by sleight of hand; to put by unfair means; -- usually with off


  1. Palm

    Palm handhelds were Personal Digital Assistants which ran the Palm OS. On 28 April 2010 it was announced that Hewlett-Packard would acquire Palm for around US$1.2bn. Although HP kept the Palm brand initially, all new PDA devices announced at press announcement on February 9, 2011, were branded as HP devices, not as Palm devices.


  1. Palm

    Palm, Inc. was a leading mobile products company, creating instinctive yet powerful mobile products that enabled people to better manage their lives on the go. The company’s products for consumers, mobile professionals and businesses included Palm Treo and Centro smartphones and Palm handheld computers, as well as software, services and accessories.In July 2010, Palm was acquired by HP. The Palm brand was subsequently discontinued upon the introduction of webOS products under the HP brand.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'palm' in Nouns Frequency: #1910

Translations for palm

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(also palm tree ) a kind of tall tree, with broad, spreading leaves, which grows in hot countries

a coconut palm.

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