What does hand mean?

Definitions for hand
hænd; ˈlɜr nɪdhand

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word hand.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. hand, manus, mitt, pawnoun

    the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb

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

  2. hired hand, hand, hired mannoun

    a hired laborer on a farm or ranch

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

  3. handwriting, hand, scriptnoun

    something written by hand

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

  4. handnoun


    "he wanted to try his hand at singing"

  5. handnoun

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

    "objections were voiced on every hand"

  6. hand, dealnoun

    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. handnoun

    one of two sides of an issue

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

  8. handnoun

    a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece

    "the big hand counts the minutes"

  9. handnoun

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

    "the horse stood 20 hands"

  10. handnoun

    a member of the crew of a ship

    "all hands on deck"

  11. bridge player, handnoun

    a card player in a game of bridge

    "we need a 4th hand for bridge"

  12. handnoun

    a round of applause to signify approval

    "give the little lady a great big hand"

  13. handnoun

    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 handverb

    physical assistance

    "give me a hand with the chores"

  15. pass, hand, reach, pass on, turn over, giveverb

    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. handverb

    guide or conduct or usher somewhere

    "hand the elderly lady into the taxi"


  1. handnoun

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

  2. handnoun

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

  3. handnoun

    In long measure, two different lengths:

  4. handnoun

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

  5. handnoun

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

  6. handnoun

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

  7. handverb

    To manage.

  8. handverb

    To seize; to lay hands on.

  9. handverb

    To pledge by the hand; to handfast.

  10. handverb

    To furl.

  11. handverb

    To cooperate.

  12. handnoun

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

  13. handnoun

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

  14. handnoun

    Agency in transmission from one person to another.

  15. handnoun

    Rate; price.

  16. handnoun

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

  17. handnoun

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

  18. handnoun

    The collective noun for a bunch of bananas.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hand

    is much used in composition for that which is manageable by the hand, as a handsaw; or born in the hand, as a handbarrow.

  2. HANDnoun

    Etymology: hand, hond, Saxon, and in all the Teutonick dialects.

    They laid hands upon him, and bound him hand and foot. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    So hand in hand they pass’d, the loveliest pair
    That ever since in love’s embraces met. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    They hand in hand, with wandering steps and slow,
    Through Eden took their solitary way. John Milton.

    That wonderful instrument the hand, was it made to be idle? George Berkeley.

    For the other side of the court-gate on this hand, and that hand, were hangings of fifteen cubits. Ex. xxxviii. 15.

    It is allowed on all hands, that the people of England are more corrupt in their morals than any other nation this day under the sun. Jonathan Swift.

    Of which offer the bassa accepted, receiving in hand one year’s tribute. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    These two must make our duty very easy; a considerable reward in hand, and the assurance of a far greater recompence hereafter. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    Let not the wages of any man tarry with thee, but give it him out of hand. Tob. iv. 14.

    Time is the measure of business, as money of wares: business is bought at a dear hand, where there is small dispatch. Francis Bacon, Essay 26.

    With simplicity admire and accept the mystery; but at no hand by pride, ignorance, interest, or vanity wrest it to ignoble senses. Jeremy Taylor, Worthy Communicant.

    It is either an ill sign or an ill effect, and therefore at no hand consistent with humility. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of living holy.

    Thou sawest the contradiction between my heart and hand. Charles I .

    Alnaschar was a very idle fellow, that never would set his hand to any business during his father’s life. Joseph Addison, Spectat.

    I rather suspect my own judgment than I can believe a fault to be in that poem, which lay so long under Virgil ’s correction, and had his last hand put to it. Addison.

    Where are these porters,
    These lazy knaves? Y’ave made a fine hand! fellows,
    There’s a trim rabble let in. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Will. Honeycomb has told me, that he had a great mind to try his hand at a Spectator, and that he would fain have one of his writing in my works. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    A friend of mine has a very fine hand on the violin. Joseph Addison, Guardian, №. 98.

    Out of them you dare take in hand to lay open the original of such a nation. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    As her majesty hath received great profit, so may she, by a moderate hand, from time to time reap the like. Francis Bacon.

    An intelligent being, coming out of the hands of infinite perfection, with an aversion or even indifferency to be reunited with its Author, the source of its utmost felicity, is such a shock and deformity in the beautiful analogy of things, as is not consistent with finite wisdom and perfection. George Cheyne.

    The master saw the madness rise;
    His glowing cheeks, his ardent eyes;
    And while he heav’n and earth defy’d,
    Chang’d his hand, and check’d his pride. Dryden.

    God must have set a more than ordinary esteem upon that which David was not thought fit to have an hand in. South.

    Let Tamar dress the meat in my sight, that I may eat it at her hand. 2 Sa. xiii. 5.

    To-night the poet’s advocate I stand,
    And he deserves the favour at my hand. Addison.

    His power reaches no farther than to compound and divide the materials that are made to his hand; but can do nothing towards the making or destroying one atom of what is already in being. John Locke.

    Many, whose greatness and fortune were not made to their hands, had sufficient qualifications and opportunities of rising to these high posts. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    Jupiter had a farm a long time upon his hands, for want of a tenant to come up to his price. Roger L'Estrange.

    When a statesman wants a day’s defence,
    Or envy holds a whole week’s war with sense,
    Or simple pride for flatt’ry makes demands,
    May dunce by dunce be whistled off my hands. Alexander Pope.

    Let it therefore be required, on both parts, at the hands of the clergy, to be in meanness of estate like the apostles; at the hands of the laity, to be as they who lived under the apostles. Richard Hooker, Preface.

    Your husband is at hand, I hear his trumpet. William Shakespeare.

    Cousins, I hope the days are near at hand
    That chambers will be safe. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    He is at hand, and Pindarus is come
    To do you salutation. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    The sight of his mind was like some sights of eyes; rather strong at hand than to carry afar off. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Any light thing that moveth, when we find no wind, sheweth a wind at hand. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    A very great sound near hand hath strucken many deaf. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 128.

    It is not probable that any body should effect that at a distance, which, nearer hand, it cannot perform. Brown.

    When mineral or metal is to be generated, nature needs not to have at hand salt, sulphur, and mercury. Boyle.

    Nor swords at hand, nor hissing darts afar,
    Are doom’d t’ avenge the tedious bloody war. John Dryden, Juven.

    Where is our usual manager of mirth?
    What revels are in hand? Is there no play,
    To ease the anguish of a torturing hour? William Shakespeare.

    I look’d upon her with a soldier’s eye;
    That lik’d, but had a rougher task in hand
    Than to drive liking to the name of war. William Shakespeare.

    It is indifferent to the matter in hand which way the learned shall determine of it. John Locke.

    There was never an hand drawn, that did double the rest of the habitable world, before this; for so a man may term it, if he shall put to account that which may be hereafter, by the occupation and colonizing of those countries. Francis Bacon.

    He would dispute,
    Confute, change hands, and still confute. Hudibras, p. i.

    Consult of your own ways, and think which hand
    Is best to take. Ben Jonson, Catiline.

    They who thought they could never be secure, except the king were first at their mercy, were willing to change the hand in carrying on the war. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    The French king, supposing to make his hand by those rude ravages in England, broke off his treaty of peace, and proclaimed hostility. John Hayward.

    She in beauty, education, blood,
    Holds hand with any princess of the world. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Col. iv. 18.

    Sacraments serve as the moral instruments of God to that purpose; the use whereof is in our hands, the effect in his. Richard Hooker.

    And though you war, like petty wrangling states,
    You’re in my hand; and when I bid you cease,
    You shall be crush’d together into peace. Dryden.

    Between the landlord and tenant there must be a quarter of the revenue of the land constantly in their hands. John Locke.

    It is fruitless pains to learn a language, which one may guess by his temper he will wholly neglect, as soon as an approach to manhood, setting him free from a governour, shall put him into the hands of his own inclination. John Locke.

    Vectigales Agri were lands taken from the enemy, and distributed amongst the soldiers, or left in the hands of the proprietors under the condition of certain duties. Arbuthnot.

    There are no tricks in plain and simple faith;
    But hollow men, like horses hot at hand,
    Make gallant show and promise of their mettle. William Shakespeare.

    Menelaus bare an heavy hand over the citizens, having a malicious mind against his countrymen. 2 Mac. v. 23.

    He kept a strict hand on his nobility, and chose rather to advance clergymen and lawyers. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    However strict a hand is to be kept upon all desires of fancy, yet in recreation fancy must be permitted to speak. John Locke.

    Flattery, the dang’rous nurse of vice,
    Got hand upon his youth, to pleasures bent. Daniel.

    The body, though it moves, yet changing perceivable distance with other bodies, as fast as the ideas of our own minds do naturally follow one another, the thing seems to stand still; as is evident in the hands of clocks and shadows of sundials. John Locke.

    The wisest prince, if he can save himself and his people from ruin, under the worst administration, what may not his subjects hope for when he changeth hands, and maketh use of the best? Jonathan Swift.

    This tradition is more like to be a notion bred in the mind of man, than transmitted from hand to hand through all generations. John Tillotson, Sermon 1.

    Your wrongs are known: impose but your commands,
    This hour shall bring you twenty thousand hands. Dryden.

    Demetrius appointed the painter guards for his security, pleased that he could preserve that hand from the barbarity and insolence of soldiers. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    A dictionary containing a natural history requires too many hands, as well as too much time, ever to be hoped for. John Locke.

    The men of Israel smote as well the men of every city as the beast, and all that came to hand. Judg. xx. 48.

    A sweaty reaper from his tillage brought
    First fruits, the green ear, and the yellow sheaf,
    Uncull’d as came to hand. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi.

    Here is th’ indictment of the good lord Hastings,
    Which in a set hand fairly is engross’d;
    Eleven hours I’ve spent to write it over. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    Solyman shewed him his own letters intercepted, asking him if he knew not that hand, if he knew not that seal. Richard Knolles.

    Being discovered by their knowledge of Mr. Cowley’s hand, I happily escaped. John Denham, Dedication.

    If my debtors do not keep their day,
    Deny their hands, and then refuse to pay,
    I must attend. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    Whether men write court or Roman hand, or any other, there is something peculiar in every one’s writing. John Cockburn.

    The way to teach to write, is to get a plate graved with the characters of such hand you like. John Locke.

    Constantia saw that the hand writing agreed with the contents of the letter. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    I present these thoughts in an ill hand; but scholars are bad penmen: we seldom regard the mechanick part of writing. Henry Felton, on the Classicks.

    They were wrote on both sides, and in a small hand. Arbut.

    So many strokes of the alarum bell of fear and awaking to other nations, and the facility of the titles, which, hand over head, have served their turn, doth ring the peal so much the louder. Francis Bacon, War with Spain.

    A country fellow got an unlucky tumble from a tree: thus 'tis, says a passenger, when people will be doing things hand over head, without either fear or wit. Roger L'Estrange.

    In single opposition, hand to hand,
    He did confound the best part of an hour. William Shakespeare, H. IV.

    He issues, ere the fight, his dread command,
    That slings afar, and poiniards hand to hand,
    Be banish'd from the field. John Dryden, Fables.

    Had the sea been Marlborough's element, the war had been bestowed there, to the advantage of the country, which would then have gone hand in hand with his own. Jonathan Swift.

    As fair and as good, a kind of hand in hand comparison, had been something too fair and too good for any lady in Britany. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    I can get bread from hand to mouth, and make even at the year's end. Roger L'Estrange.

    A rascally yea forsooth knave, to bear in hand, and then stand upon security. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.

  3. To Handverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Judas was not far off, not only because he dipped in the same dish, but because he was so near that our Saviour could hand the sop unto him. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    Reports, like snowballs, gather still the farther they roll; and when I have once handed it to another, how know I how he may improve it? Government of the Tongue.

    I have been shewn a written prophecy that is handed among them with great secrecy. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    Angels did hand her up, who next God dwell;
    For she was of that order whence most fell. John Donne.

    By safe and insensible degrees he will pass from a boy to a man, which is the most hazardous step in life: this therefore should be carefully watched, and a young man with great diligence handed over it. John Locke.

    Let him, that makes but trifles of his eyes,
    First hand me: on mine own accord, I’ll off. William Shakespeare.

    ’Tis then that with delight I rove
    Upon the boundless depth of love:
    I bless my chains, I hand my oar,
    Nor think on all I left on shoar. Matthew Prior.

    They had not only a tradition of it in general, but even of several the most remarkable particular accidents of it likewise, which they handed downwards to the succeeding ages. John Woodward.

    I know no other way of securing these monuments, and making them numerous enough to be handed down to future ages. Joseph Addison, on ancient Medals.

    Arts and sciences consist of scattered theorems and practices, which are handed about amongst the masters, and only revealed to the filii artis, ’till some great genius appears, who collects these disjointed propositions, and reduces them into a regular system. John Arbuthnot, History of John Bull.

    One would think a story so fit for age to talk of, and infancy to hear, were incapable of being handed down to us. Alexander Pope, Essay on Homer.


  1. hand

    A hand is the body part on the end of the arm that includes the palm, fingers, and thumb. It is primarily used for grasping, manipulating objects, and performing tasks requiring fine motor skills.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Handnoun

    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. Handnoun

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

  3. Handnoun

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

  4. Handnoun

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

  5. Handnoun

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

  6. Handnoun

    side; part; direction, either right or left

  7. Handnoun

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

  8. Handnoun

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

  9. Handnoun

    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. Handnoun

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

  11. Handnoun

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

  12. Handnoun

    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. Handnoun

    rate; price

  14. Handnoun

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

  15. Handnoun

    the quota of cards received from the dealer

  16. Handnoun

    a bundle of tobacco leaves tied together

  17. Handnoun

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

  18. Handverb

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

  19. Handverb

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

  20. Handverb

    to manage; as, I hand my oar

  21. Handverb

    to seize; to lay hands on

  22. Handverb

    to pledge by the hand; to handfast

  23. Handverb

    to furl; -- said of a sail

  24. Handverb

    to cooperate

  25. Etymology: [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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hand

    hand, n. the extremity of the arm below the wrist: that which does the duty of a hand by pointing, as the hand of a clock: the fore-foot of a horse: a measure of four inches: an agent or workman: (pl.) work-people in a factory: performance, agency, co-operation: power or manner of performing: skill: possession: style of handwriting, sign-manual: side: direction: the set of cards held by a single player at whist, &c.: a single round at a game.—v.t. to give with the hand: to lead or conduct: (naut.) to furl, as sails.—ns. Hand′-bag, a bag for small articles, carried in the hand; Hand′-ball, the sport of throwing and catching a ball; Hand′-barr′ow, a barrow without a wheel, carried by men: Hand′-bas′ket, a small portable basket; Hand′-bell, a small bell held by the hand when rung, a table-bell; Hand′bill, a pruning-hook used in the hand: a bill or loose sheet with some announcement; Hand′book, a manual or book of reference: a guide-book for travellers; Hand′breadth, the breadth of a hand: a palm; Hand′-cart, a small cart drawn by hand.—adj. Hand′ed (Milt.), with hands joined: (Shak.) having a hand of a certain sort.—ns. Hand′er; Hand′fast, a firm grip, handle: a contract, esp. a betrothal.—adj. bound, espoused: tight-fisted.—adj. Hand′fasted, betrothed.—n. Hand′fasting, betrothal: a private or even probationary form of marriage.—adj. Hand′-foot′ed, having feet like hands, chiropod.—ns. Hand′ful, as much as fills the hand: a small number or quantity:—pl. Hand′fuls; Hand′-gall′op, an easy gallop, in which the speed of the horse is restrained by the bridle-hand; Hand′-glass, a glass or small glazed frame used to protect plants: a small mirror; Hand′-grenade′, a grenade to be thrown by the hand; Hand′grip, grasp, grip, close struggle; Hand′icuffs, Hand′ycuffs, fighting hand to hand.—adj. Hand′less, awkward.—ns. Hand-line, a fishing-line worked by hand without a rod; Hand′-list, a list for easy reference; Hand′-loom, a weaver's loom worked by hand, as distinguished from a power-loom.—adj. Hand′-made, manufactured by hand, not by a machine.—ns. Hand′maid, Hand′maiden, a female servant; Hand′-mill, a mill worked by hand for coffee, pepper, &c., a quern; Hand′-or′gan, a portable organ, played by means of a crank turned by the hand; Hand′-pā′per, a particular make of paper, early in use at the Record Office, with the water-mark of a hand pointing; Hand′-post, a finger-post, guide; Hand′-prom′ise, a form of betrothal amongst the Irish peasantry; Hand′rail, a rail supported by balusters, as in staircases, to hold by.—adv. phrase, Hand′-run′ning, straight on, continuously.—ns. Hand′-saw, a saw manageable by the hand—also the same as Hern′shaw, in the proverb, 'not to know a hawk from a handsaw;' Hand′-screen, a small screen used to protect the face from the heat of the fire or sun; Hand′-screw, an appliance for raising heavy weights, a jack; Hand′spike, a bar used with the hand as a lever.—n.pl. Hand′staves (B.), probably javelins.—ns. Hands′-turn, a helping hand, aid; Hand′work, work done by hand, as distinguished from machinery; Hand′writing, the style of writing peculiar to each person: writing.—adj. Hand′-wrought, made with the hands, not by machinery.—Hand and [in] glove (with), on very intimate terms; Hand down, to transmit in succession; Hand in hand, in union, conjointly; Hand of God, a term used for unforeseen unpreventable accidents, as lightning, tempest, &c.; Hand over hand, by passing the hands alternately one before or above the other; Hand over head, rashly; Hands down, with ease; Hands off! keep off! refrain from blows! Hands up, a bushranger's call to surrender; Hand to hand, at close quarters; Hand to mouth, without thought for the future, precariously.—A bird in the hand, any advantage at present held; A cool hand, a person not easily abashed; At any hand, In any hand (Shak.), at any rate, in any case; At first hand, from the producer or seller, or from the first source direct; At hand, near in place or time; At second hand, from an intermediate purchaser or source; Bear a hand, make haste to help; Bear in hand (Shak.), to keep in expectation; Be hand and glove, to be very intimate and familiar; Believed on all hands, generally believed; Bloody, or Red, hand, granted to baronets of Great Britain and Ireland in 1611; By the strong hand, by force; Cap in hand, humbly; Change hands, to pass from one owner to another; Come to one's hand, to be easy to do; Dead man's hand, Hand-of-glory, a charm to discover hidden treasure, &c., made from a mandrake root, or the hand of a man who has been executed, holding a candle; For one's own hand, on one's own account; From good hands, from a reliable source; Gain the upper hand, to obtain the mastery; Get one's hand in, to become familiar with.—Handwriting on the wall, any sign foreshadowing disaster (from Dan. v. 5).—Have a hand in, to be concerned in; Have clean hands, to be honest and incorruptible; Have full hands, to be fully occupied; Hold hand (Shak.), to compete successfully; Hold in hand, to restrain; In hand, as present payment: in preparation: under control; Kiss the hand, in token of submission; Lay hands on, to seize; Laying on of hands, the laying on of the hands of a bishop or presbyters in ordination; Lend a hand, to give assistance; Off-hand, Out of hand, at once, immediately, without premeditation; Off one's hands, no longer under one's responsible charge; Old hand, one experienced, as opposed to Young hand; On all hands, on all sides; On hand, ready, available: in one's possession; On one's hands, under one's care or responsibility; Poor hand, an unskilful one; Second-hand, inferior, not new; Set the hand to, to engage in, undertake; Show one's hand, to expose one's purpose to any one; Stand one's hand (slang), to pay for a drink to another; Strike hands, to make a contract; Take in hand, to undertake; Take off one's hands, to relieve of something troublesome; To one's hand, in readiness; Under one's hand, with one's proper signature attached; Wash one's hands (of), to disclaim the responsibility for anything (Matt. xxvii. 24); With a heavy hand, oppressively; With a high hand, without taking other people into consideration, audaciously. [A.S. hand; in all Teut. tongues, perh. rel. to Goth. hinthan, to seize.]

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. hand

    A phrase often used for the word man, as, "a hand to the lead," "clap more hands on," &c.--To hand a sail, is to furl it.--To lend a hand, to assist.--Bear a hand, make haste.--Hand in the leech, a call in furling sails. To comprehend this it must be understood that the leech, or outer border of the sail, if left to belly or fill with wind, would set at naught all the powers of the men. It is therefore necessary, as Falconer has it, "the tempest to disarm;" so by handing in this leech-rope before the yard, the canvas is easily folded in, and the gasket passed round.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. hand

    A measure 4 inches in length. The height of a horse is computed by so many hands and inches.

Editors Contribution

  1. hand

    A limb connected to the wrist of a human being and specific types of animals.

    We are so grateful to have two hands to enable us to do a variety of tasks every day.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  

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  2. HAND

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HAND

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hand is ranked #1639 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hand surname appeared 22,006 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 7 would have the surname Hand.

    88.8% or 19,550 total occurrences were White.
    5.9% or 1,307 total occurrences were Black.
    2% or 451 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 381 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 161 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.7% or 154 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hand in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hand in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of hand in a Sentence

  1. Adam Valdez:

    We do a lot of painstaking research into how real animals move, how their muscles and skin behave ... and then in the computer, we recreate all these things, an artist, like an animator, has to sit down and actually hand animate that eye, hand animate that face so that every little subtle nuance is represented.

  2. The Catholicos-Patriarch:

    We should not be afraid of temptation, the Christian takes problems with gratitude and sees God's hand in everything ... and at the same time tries to find the right solution in the current situation.

  3. Tolle Furegard:

    We live from hand to mouth, and we have for a long time now.

  4. Mark Twain:

    In religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.

  5. Terry Crews:

    And I ’m looking like, ‘ Is this a joke ? I don’t understand. ’ It was actually so bizarre. And he keeps coming over to me. I stick my hand out and he literally takes his hand and puts it, squeezes my genitals. And I jump back like, ‘ Hey, hey ! ’ … I go, ‘ Dude, what are you doing ?'.

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