Definitions for palmerˈpɑ mər, ˈpɑl-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the part of the inner surface of the hand that extends from the wrist to the bases of the fingers.
Category: Anatomy, Zoology
the corresponding part of the forefoot of an animal.
the part of a glove covering this part of the hand.
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
the flat, expanded part of the antler of a deer.
the blade of an oar. the inner face of an anchor fluke.
Category: Navy, Nautical
(v.t.)to conceal in the palm.
to pick up stealthily.
to hold in the hand.
to impose (something) fraudulently:
to palm stolen jewels on tourists.
to touch or stroke with the palm or hand.
to grip (a basketball) momentarily with the hand while dribbling: a rule violation.
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
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.
a leaf or branch of such a tree, esp. as formerly carried to signify victory.
a representation of such a leaf or branch, as on a military decoration, indicating a second award of the decoration.
victory; triumph; success.
Origin of palm:
bef. 900; ME, OE < L palma palm tree, palm1
Palmer, Arnold Palmer, Arnold Daniel Palmer(noun)
United States golfer (born in 1929)
one who palms or cheats, as at cards or dice
a wandering religious votary; especially, one who bore a branch of palm as a token that he had visited the Holy Land and its sacred places
short for Palmer fly, an artificial fly made to imitate a hairy caterpillar; a hackle
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the name given to a pilgrim to the Holy Land who had performed his vow, in sign of which he usually bore a palm branch in his hand, which he offered on the altar on his return home.