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 hand hand

noun

  • () the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb  ( manus, mitt, paw, hand )
    the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb
     he had the hands of a surgeon
    he had the hands of a surgeon
     he extended his mitt
    he extended his mitt
  • () a hired laborer on a farm or ranch  ( hired hand, hired man, hand )
    a hired laborer on a farm or ranch
     the hired hand fixed the railing
    the hired hand fixed the railing
     a ranch hand
    a ranch hand
  • () something written by hand  ( script, handwriting, hand )
    something written by hand
     she recognized his handwriting
    she recognized his handwriting
     his hand was illegible
    his hand was illegible
  • () ability  ( hand )
    ability
     he wanted to try his hand at singing
    he wanted to try his hand at singing
  • () a position given by its location to the side of an object  ( hand )
    a position given by its location to the side of an object
     objections were voiced on every hand
    objections were voiced on every hand
  • () a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece  ( hand )
    a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece
     the big hand counts the minutes
    the big hand counts the minutes
  • () one of two sides of an issue  ( hand )
    one of two sides of an issue
     on the one hand..., but on the other hand...
    on the one hand..., but on the other hand...
  • () the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time  ( deal, hand )
    the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time
     I didn't hold a good hand all evening
    I didn't hold a good hand all evening
     he kept trying to see my hand
    he kept trying to see my hand
  • physical assistance  ( hand, helping hand )
    physical assistance
     give me a hand with the chores
    give me a hand with the chores
  • terminal part of the forelimb in certain vertebrates (e.g. apes or kangaroos)  ( hand )
    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
    the kangaroo's forearms seem undeveloped but the powerful five-fingered hands are skilled at feinting and clouting
  • a round of applause to signify approval  ( hand )
    a round of applause to signify approval
     give the little lady a great big hand
    give the little lady a great big hand
  • a card player in a game of bridge  ( bridge player, hand )
    a card player in a game of bridge
     we need a 4th hand for bridge
    we need a 4th hand for bridge
  • a member of the crew of a ship  ( hand )
    a member of the crew of a ship
     all hands on deck
    all hands on deck
  • a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses  ( hand )
    a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses
     the horse stood 20 hands
    the horse stood 20 hands
  • verb

  • () place into the hands or custody of  ( reach, pass on, turn over, give, pass, hand )
    place into the hands or custody of
     hand me the spoon, please
    hand me the spoon, please
     Turn the files over to me, please
    Turn the files over to me, please
     He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers
    He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers
  • guide or conduct or usher somewhere  ( hand )
    guide or conduct or usher somewhere
     hand the elderly lady into the taxi
    hand the elderly lady into the taxi