Definitions of hand

  1. a card player in a game of bridge; " we need a 4th hand for bridge"
  2. 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"
  3. place into the hands or custody of; " Turn the files over to me, please"; " He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"
  4. physical assistance; " give me a hand with the chores"
  5. 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
  6. a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece; " the big hand counts the minutes"
  7. the ( prehensile) extremity of the superior limb; " he had the hands of a surgeon"; " he extended his mitt"
  8. ability; " he wanted to try his hand at singing"
  9. one of two sides of an issue; " on the one hand..., but on the other hand..."
  10. something written by hand; " she recognized his handwriting"; " his hand was illegible"
  11. a round of applause to signify approval; " give the little lady a great big hand"
  12. a hired laborer on a farm or ranch; " the hired hand fixed the railing"; " a ranch hand"
  13. a position given by its location to the side of an object; " objections were voiced on every hand"
  14. a member of the crew of a ship; " all hands on deck"
  15. a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses; " the horse stood 20 hands"
  16. guide or conduct or usher somewhere; " hand the elderly lady into the taxi"
  17. 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"
  18. 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.
  19. That which resembles, or to some extent performs the office of, a human hand
  20. A limb of certain animals, as the foot of a hawk, or any one of the four extremities of a monkey.
  21. An index or pointer on a dial; as, the hour or minute hand of a clock.
  22. Side; part; direction, either right or left.
  23. Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill; dexterity.
  24. Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance.
  25. 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.
  26. Handwriting; style of penmanship; as, a good, bad or running hand. Hence, a signature.
  27. 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.
  28. Rate; price.
  29. That which is, or may be, held in a hand at once
  30. The quota of cards received from the dealer.
  31. A bundle of tobacco leaves tied together.
  32. The small part of a gunstock near the lock, which is grasped by the hand in taking aim.
  33. To give, pass, or transmit with the hand; as, he handed them the letter.
  34. To lead, guide, or assist with the hand; to conduct; as, to hand a lady into a carriage.
  35. To manage; as, I hand my oar.
  36. To seize; to lay hands on.
  37. To pledge by the hand; to handfast.
  38. To cooperate.
  39. A gambling game played by American Indians, consisting of guessing the whereabouts of bits of ivory or the like, which are passed rapidly from hand to hand.
  40. A measure equal to a hand's breadth, - four inches; a palm. Chiefly used in measuring the height of horses.
  41. Personal possession; ownership; hence, control; direction; management; - usually in the plural.
  42. To furl; - said of a sail.
  43. The divided and lower part of the human arm connected with the wrist; a similar member terminating the fore- limb of certain animals; something resembling this member in appearance or use; a measure of four inches; ability or skill; right or left side; possession; style of writing; an employee who labors with his hands; a sailor; cards held; a game; pledge of betrothal; nearness; control; authority; agency of; index of any kind; turn of a player to serve the ball at tennis, etc.
  44. To give or lead with the hand.
  45. Belonging to, or used by, the hand.
  46. 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: performance: power or manner of performing: skill: possession: style of handwriting: side: direction.
  47. To give with the hand: to lead or conduct: ( naut.) to furl, as sails.
  48. HANDER.
  49. The extremity of the arm below the wrist; anything which points; a workman; agency; handwriting.
  50. To give with the hand; conduct by the hand.
  51. To give, pass, deliver, lead, etc., with or as with the hand.
  52. The extremity of the arm below the wrist, or something like or acting like it.
  53. Dexterity; touch; performance.
  54. An operative.
  55. Handwriting; signature.
  56. A measure; four inches.
  57. Possession; control.
  58. Side; direction.
  59. The extremity of the human arm, consisting of the palm and fingers; a measure of four inches; side part, right or left; performance; workmanship; power of performance; skill; manner of acting or performance; agency; possession; power; the cards held at a game; an index, or that which performs the office of the hand or of a finger in pointing; a man employed in a workshop or on board ship; style of penmanship.
  60. To give with the hand; to lead; to conduct; to furl, as a sail. To hand down, to transmit in succession. At hand, near; not distant. In hand, present payment; in a state of execution. On hand, in present possession; under one's care or management. Off hand, without delay or difficulty; dexterously; without previous preparation. Out of hand, ready payment, with regard to the payer; at once; directly. To his hand, to my hand, & c., in readiness; already prepared. Under his hand, under her hand, & c., with the proper writing or signature of the name. Hand over head, negligently; rashly. Hand over hand, by passing the bands alternately one before or above another. Hand to hand, in close fight, in close union. Hand in hand, in union; conjointly. From hand to mouth, without provision beforehand. To join hand in hand, to unite efforts and act in concert. To live from hand to mouth, to obtain food and other necessaries as want requires. To bear in hand, to keep in expectation. To bear a hand, to hasten. To lend a hand, to give assistance. To be hand in glove, to be intimate and familiar. To set the hand to, or to take in hand, to undertake. To take one in hand, to lay hold of or deal with. To have a hand in, to be concerned in. Clean hands, a blameless life.
  61. The broad extremity of the arm below the wrist; side; part; act; discipline; restraint; power; agency; style of writing; a workman; cards held in a game.
  62. To give or transmit with the hand; to guide or lead by the hand; to manage.
  63. Pert. to or used by the hand- much used as the first element of a compound word.

Usage examples for hand

  1. Can you write a good hand? – Malcolm by George MacDonald
  2. I've too much else on hand! – The Witness by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
  3. I made him take one hand, and I the other. – Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846 by James Richardson
  4. She let go the hand. – The Best Ghost Stories by Various
  5. It was because that speerit do take his hand. – Love Eternal by H. Rider Haggard
  6. Do not hand us out a " No! – Tobogganing On Parnassus by Franklin P. Adams
  7. How have you hurt your hand? – Malcolm by George MacDonald
  8. She looked at her hand. – Space Tug by Murray Leinster
  9. But I hope his hand will be quite well again long before then. – Non-combatants and Others by Rose Macaulay
  10. It is in his hand. – The Wisdom of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton
  11. I have one in the hand. – The Road to Frontenac by Samuel Merwin
  12. Madame, let me have your hand. – Montlivet by Alice Prescott Smith
  13. That's not Margaret's hand? – There was a King in Egypt by Norma Lorimer
  14. " I'll get in first," said Dion to Rosamund, " and then you can hand me up Robin." – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  15. " Put out your hand ... – The Disturbing Charm by Berta Ruck
  16. " Let me give you a hand up," I said. – It Happened in Egypt by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  17. It was a stungun in the hand of the young man. – Dead Giveaway by Gordon Randall Garrett
  18. In a moment it is in his hand. – The Red Derelict by Bertram Mitford
  19. " Not from your hand," said he. – Hereward, The Last of the English by Charles Kingsley
  20. " Take my hand," said he. – Macleod of Dare by William Black