Definition of HAND

a certain way in which something appears or may be regarded <on the one hand, you would have more storage space in a larger house, but on the other, you would have more rooms to heat>
Synonyms angle, facet, hand, phase, side
a place, space, or direction away from or beyond a central point or line <tall buildings rose on either hand> <nothing but wide open space on either hand>
Synonyms flank, hand
Near Antonyms center, inside, interior, middle, midway
an arrow-shaped piece on a dial or scale for registering information <both hands of the clock pointed to 12>
Related Words dial, face, gauge (also gage)
one who works for another for wages or a salary <the restaurant always hires several more hands for the busy summer season>
Near Antonyms boss, superior, supervisor
Antonyms employer, gaffer [British]
the form or style of a particular person's writing <writes with a flowing, old-fashioned hand>
usually hands pl  the ability to direct the course of something <the final decision is in your hands>
Synonyms grasp, hand(s)
hands pl  the fact or state of having (something) at one's disposal <I'd like to get my hands on that vintage Cadillac convertible>
Antonyms nonpossession
a person with a high level of knowledge or skill in a field <once she got her own place, the young woman showed that she was quite a hand at interior decoration>
Synonyms ace, adept, artist, authority, cognoscente, connoisseur, crackerjack (also crackajack), dab [chiefly British], dab hand [chiefly British], fiend, geek, guru, hand, hotshot, maestro, master, maven (also mavin), meister, past master, proficient, scholar, shark, sharp, virtuoso, whiz, wizard
a person's name written in their own handwriting often given to indicate awareness or consent <the subpoena required a lawyer's hand>
Related Words frank, mark; countersign; endorsement (also indorsement)

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