What does hand mean?

Definitions for hand
hænd; ˈlɜr nɪdhand

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word hand.

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"


  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

  25. Origin: [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;

    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.

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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

How to pronounce hand?

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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. Swedish Interior Minister Anders Ygeman:

    On the other hand.

  2. Jamal Al Quda:

    It comes off my hand.

  3. Sharon Van Leer:

    The gun is in my hand.

  4. Seneca:

    One hand washes the other.

  5. Cindy Hounsell:

    They are living hand to mouth.

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