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hand

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noun, often attributive \ˈhand\

Simple Definition of hand

  • : the body part at the end of your arm that includes your fingers and thumb

  • —used in some phrases to refer to a person

  • hands : power, possession, or control

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hand

  1. 1 a (1) :  the terminal part of the vertebrate forelimb when modified (as in humans) as a grasping organ (2) :  the forelimb segment (as the terminal section of a bird's wing) of a vertebrate higher than the fishes that corresponds to the hand irrespective of its form or functional specialization b :  a part serving the function of or resembling a hand: as (1) :  the hind foot of an ape (2) :  the chela of a crustacean c :  something resembling a hand: as (1) :  an indicator or pointer on a dial <the hands of a clock> (2) :  index 5 (3) :  a cluster of bananas developed from a single flower group (4) :  a branched rootstock of ginger (5) :  a bunch of large leaves (as of tobacco) tied together usually with another leaf

  2. 2 a :  personal possession —usually used in plural <the documents fell into the hands of the enemy> b :  control, supervision —usually used in plural <left the matter in her hands>

  3. 3 a :  side, direction <men fighting on either hand> b :  one of two sides or aspects of an issue or argument <on the one hand we can appeal for peace, and on the other, declare war>

  4. 4 :  a pledge especially of betrothal or bestowal in marriage

  5. 5 a :  style of penmanship :  handwriting <wrote in a fancy hand> b :  signature

  6. 6 a :  skill, ability <tried her hand at sailing> b :  an instrumental part <had a hand in the victory>

  7. 7 :  a unit of measure equal to 4 inches (10.2 centimeters) used especially for the height of horses

  8. 8 a :  assistance or aid especially involving physical effort <lend a hand> b :  participation, interest <had no hand in the decision> c :  a round of applause

  9. 9 a (1) :  a player in a card game or board game (2) :  the cards or pieces held by a player b :  a single round in a game c :  the force or solidity of one's position (as in negotiations) <trying to strengthen their hand>

  10. 10 a :  a person who performs or executes a particular work <two portraits by the same hand> b (1) :  a person employed at manual labor or general tasks <a ranch hand> (2) :  worker, employee <employed over a hundred hands> c :  a member of a ship's crew <all hands on deck> d :  a person skilled in a particular action or pursuit e :  a specialist or veteran in a usually designated activity or region <a China hand>

  11. 11 a :  handiwork, doings b :  style of execution :  workmanship <the hand of a master> c :  the feel of or tactile reaction to something (as silk or leather)

  12. 12 :  a punch made with a specified hand <knocked him out with a good right hand>

at hand

  1. 1 :  near in time or place :  within reach <use whatever ingredients are at hand>

  2. 2 :  currently receiving or deserving attention <the business at hand>

at the hands of

also

at the hand of

  1. :  by or through the action of

by hand

  1. 1 :  with the hands or a hand-worked implement (as a tool or pen) rather than with a machine

  2. 2 :  from one individual directly to another <deliver the document by hand>

in hand

  1. 1 :  in one's possession or control <had matters well in hand> <with money in hand>

  2. 2 :  in preparation

  3. 3 :  under consideration

on all hands

or

on every hand

on hand

  1. 1 :  in present possession or readily available <kept supplies on hand>

  2. 2 :  about to appear :  pending

  3. 3 :  in attendance :  present

on one's hands

  1. :  in one's possession or care <too much time on my hands>

out of hand

  1. 1 :  without delay or deliberation; also :  in a summary or peremptory manner <rejected the plan out of hand>

  2. 2 :  done with :  finished

  3. 3 :  out of control

  4. 4 :  with the hands <fruit eaten out of hand>

to hand

  1. 1 :  into possession <the letter … has come to hand — George Washington>

  2. 2 :  within reach

Examples of hand in a sentence

  1. These gloves will keep your hands warm.

  2. She put her hands over her eyes.

  3. He sat quietly with his hands folded in his lap.

  4. Do you need a hand?



Origin and Etymology of hand

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German hant hand


First Known Use: before 12th century


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hand

adverb

Definition of hand

  1. :  with the hands rather than by machine



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of hand

before 12th century


3

hand

verb

Simple Definition of hand

  • : to give (something) to someone using your hands

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hand

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a obsolete :  to touch or manage with the hands; also :  to deal with b :  furl

  3. 2 :  to lead, guide, or assist with the hand <hand a lady into a bus>

  4. 3 a :  to give, pass, or transmit with the hand <hand a letter to her> b :  to present or provide with <handed him a surprise>

hand it to

  1. :  to give credit to :  concede the excellence of

Examples of hand in a sentence

  1. <was happy to hand her grandmother's cookie recipes to the parish ladies to put in their cookbook>

  2. <the clerk handed her the receipt>



15th Century

First Known Use of hand

15th century

Rhymes with hand


Hand

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biographical name \ˈhand\

Definition of Hand

  1. (Billings) Learned 1872–1961 Am. jurist





HAND Defined for Kids

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hand

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noun \ˈhand\

Definition of hand for Students

  1. 1 :  the body part at the end of the human arm that includes the fingers and thumb

  2. 2 :  a bodily structure (as the hind foot of an ape) like the human hand in function or form

  3. 3 :  a pointer on a clock or watch

  4. 4 :  2help 1, assistance <I gave her a hand loading the truck.>

  5. 5 :  2control 1 <The fort is in the hands of the enemy.>

  6. 6 :  one side of a problem <On the one hand we could stay. On the other hand we could go.>

  7. 7 :  an outburst of applause <Give them a hand.>

  8. 8 :  the cards held by a player in a card game

  9. 9 :  a hired worker :  laborer

  10. 10 :  a promise of marriage

  11. 11 :  handwriting

  12. 12 :  ability 1 <I tried my hand at painting.>

  13. 13 :  a unit of measure equal to four inches (about ten centimeters) <The horse is 15 hands high.>

  14. 14 :  a part or share in doing something <She had a hand in the crime.>

at hand

  1. :  near in time or place <The hour is at hand.>

by hand

  1. :  without the use of automation :  using the hands <The stone was carved by hand.>

in hand

  1. :  in someone's possession or control <Map in hand, he's ready to go.> <I've got the situation well in hand.>

on hand

  1. 1 :  available for use <Keep some extra batteries on hand.>

  2. 2 :  3present 2 <Please be on hand when the guests arrive.>

out of hand

  1. :  out of control <The party got out of hand.>




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hand

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verb

Definition of hand for Students

handed

handing

  1. :  to give or pass with the hand <Please hand me the knife.>




Medical Dictionary

hand

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noun , often attributive \ˈhand\

Medical Definition of hand

  1. 1a (1):  the terminal part of the vertebrate forelimb when modified (as in humans) as a grasping organ (2):  the forelimb segment (as the terminal section of a bird's wing) of a vertebrate higher than the fishes that corresponds to the hand irrespective of its form or functional specializationb:  a part serving the function of or resembling a hand; especially :  the hind foot of an apec:  something resembling a hand; especially :  an indicator or pointer on a dial

  2. 2:  a unit of measure equal to 4 inches or 10.2 centimeters used especially for the height of horses



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