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hand

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noun, often attributive \ˈhand\

Definition of hand

  1. 1a (1) :  the terminal part of the vertebrate forelimb when modified (as in humans) as a grasping organ :  the body part at the end of the arm of a human, ape, or monkey holding a pair of scissors in his hand She put her hands over her eyes. (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: such as (1) :  the hind foot of an ape (2) :  the chela of a crustaceanc :  something resembling a hand: as (1) :  an indicator or pointer on a dial the hands of a clock (2) :  a character {rfist} used to direct particular attention (as to a note or paragraph) :  fist, index (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. 2a :  personal possession —usually used in plural the documents fell into the hands of the enemyb :  control, supervision —usually used in plural left the matter in her hands

  3. 3a :  side, direction men fighting on either handb :  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 He asked for her hand in marriage.

  5. 5a :  style of penmanship :  handwriting wrote in a fancy handb :  signature

  6. 6a :  skill, ability tried her hand at sailingb :  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 a horse that is 15 hands high

  8. 8a :  assistance or aid especially involving physical effort lend a handb :  participation, interest had no hand in the decisionc :  a round of applause Let's give them a big hand.

  9. 9a (1) :  a player in a card game or board game (2) :  the cards or pieces held by a player studied her handb :  a single round in a game lost the first hand but won the next twoc :  the force or solidity of one's position (as in negotiations) trying to strengthen their hand

  10. 10a :  a person who performs or executes a particular work two portraits by the same handb (1) :  a person employed at manual labor or general tasks a ranch hand (2) :  worker, employee employed over a hundred handsc :  a member of a ship's crew all hands on deckd :  a person skilled in a particular action or pursuit a great hand at carpentrye :  a specialist or veteran in a usually designated activity or region a Latin America hand

  11. 11a :  handiwork, doings the hand of vandalsb :  style of execution :  workmanship the hand of a masterc :  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

or less commonly

at the hand of

  1. :  by or through the action of suffering at the hands of a cruel dictator

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 a new play in hand

  3. 3 :  under consideration took the matter in hand

on all hands

or

on every hand

  1. :  everywhere could hear scurrying noises on all hands

on hand

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

  2. 2 :  about to appear :  pending There was trouble on hand.

  3. 3 :  in attendance :  present A priest was on hand to console them.

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 They let the situation get out of hand.

  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 weapons ready to hand

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 hand stitched

Origin and Etymology of hand

see 1hand


First Known Use: before 12th century


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hand

verb

Definition of hand

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

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

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

hand it to

  1. :  to give credit to :  concede the excellence of I have to hand it to him. He did a wonderful job.

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

Origin and Etymology of hand

see 1hand


First Known Use: 15th century


Hand

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biographical name \ˈhand\

Definition of Hand

  1. (Billings) Learned 1872–1961 American jurist


HAND Defined for English Language Learners

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hand

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noun, often attributive \ˈhand\

Definition of hand for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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hand

verb

Definition of hand for English Language Learners

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


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

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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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