- The definition of a hand is the part of the human body at the end of the arm.
An example of hand is the part of the body with fingers.
- Hand means applause.
An example of giving someone a hand is clapping after a great performance.
- To hand is defined as to transfer, deliver or give.
An example of to hand is a runner giving another runner the baton in a relay race, he hands the baton to his teammate.
Several raised hands.
- the part of the human body attached to the end of the forearm, including the wrist, palm, fingers, and thumb a corresponding part in some animals; specif.,
- any of the four feet in apes, monkeys, etc., used like human hands for grasping and gripping
- the end part of the forelimb in many of the higher vertebrates
- the pincerlike claw of a crustacean
- the hand as an instrument for making or producing the hand as a symbol of its grasping or gripping function; specif.,
- possession: the documents now in his hands
- control; power; authority: to strengthen one's hand
- care; charge; supervision: in the hands of one's lawyer
- agency; influence: to see someone's hand in a matter
- an active part; share: take a hand in the work
- a clasp or handshake as a pledge of agreement, friendship, etc.
- a promise to marry: he asked for her hand
- skill; ability; dexterity: the work that shows a master's hand manner of doing something: to play the piano with a light hand
- a signature
- a person whose chief work is done with the hands, esp., one of a staff or crew, as a sailor or farm laborer a person regarded as having some special skill or characteristic: quite a hand at sewing a person (or, sometimes, thing) from or through which something comes; source [essays by several hands]: often used with an ordinal number
- a conventional drawing of a hand () used on signposts, etc. an indicator; pointer: the hands of a clock the breadth of the human palm, used as a unit of measurement, esp. for the height of horses: now usually taken to be 4 inchesCommerce a banana cluster
- Card Games
- the cards held by a player at any one time
- the conventional number of cards dealt to each player
- a player
- a round of play
Origin of handMiddle English ; from Old English akin to Gothic handus ; from base of -hinthan, to seize (hence, basic sense “grasper”) ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form kent-, uncertain or unknown; perhaps to seize
- of or for the hand or hands
- made by hand
- controlled by hand; manual
- to pass or give with or as with the hand; transfer; transmit; deliver
- ☆ to give; provide with: it handed them a laugh
- to help, conduct, steady, etc. by means of the hand: to hand a lady into her car
- Naut. to furl (a sail)
(at) first hand
- near; close by
- immediately available
(at) second hand
- not from the original source; indirectly
- not new; previously used
at the hand ofor at the hands of
eat out of someone's hand
force someone's hand
Origin of handorig. a whist term
from hand to hand
from hand to mouth
hand and foot
- so that the hands and feet cannot move: bound hand and foot
- constantly and diligently: to wait on someone hand and foot
- to give as an inheritance; bequeath
- ☆ to announce or deliver (a verdict, etc.)
hand in gloveor hand and glove
hand in hand
- holding each other's hand
- together; in cooperation or correlation
hand it to☆
hand over fist
hand to hand
have one's hands full
- in order or control
- in possession
- being worked on; in process
- to become associates; enter into partnership
- to become husband and wife
keep one's hand in
lay hands on
- to attack, injure, or punish physically
- to get hold of; seize; take
- to place the hands on ceremonially, as in blessing or ordaining
not lift a hand
off one's hands
on every hand
- ☆ available or ready
- ☆ present
on one's hands
on the one hand
on the other hand
out of hand
- out of control
- immediately; without preliminaries or delay
- over and done with
show one's hand
Origin of handorig. with reference to card playing
take in hand
- to take control of or responsibility for
- to take up; handle; treat
- to try; attempt
throw up one's hands
- near; accessible
- in one's possession
turn (or put) one's hand to
wash one's hands of
with a heavy hand
- in a heavy manner; without delicacy or grace
- with severity or sternness
with a high hand
with clean hands
- a. The terminal part of the human arm located below the forearm, used for grasping and holding and consisting of the wrist, palm, four fingers, and an opposable thumb.b. A homologous or similar part in other animals, as the terminal part of the forelimb in certain vertebrates.
- A unit of length equal to 4 inches (10.2 centimeters), used especially to specify the height of a horse.
- Something suggesting the shape or function of the human hand, especially:a. Any of the rotating pointers used as indexes on the face of a mechanical clock.b. A pointer, as on a gauge or dial.
- Printing See index.
- Lateral direction indicated according to the way in which one is facing: at my right hand.
- a. A style or individual sample of writing.b. A signature: put my hand to the contract.
- A round of applause to signify approval.
- Physical assistance; help: gave me a hand with the bags.
- hands Sports A hand ball in soccer.
- Games a. The cards held in a card game by a given player at any time.b. The number of cards dealt each player; the deal.c. A player or participant in a card game: We need a fourth hand for bridge.d. A portion or section of a game during which all the cards dealt out are played: a hand of poker.
- a. One who performs manual labor: a factory hand.b. One who is part of a group or crew: the ship's hands.
- A participant in an activity, often one who specializes in a particular activity or pursuit: an old hand at labor negotiations.
- a. The degree of immediacy of a source of information; degree of reliability: heard the scandalous tale at third hand.b. The strength or force of one's position: negotiated from a strong hand.
- a. often hands Possession, ownership, or keeping: The books should be in your hands by noon.b. Power; jurisdiction; care: The defendant's fate is in the hands of the jury. Dinner is in the chef's hands.
- a. Involvement or participation: “In all this was evident the hand of the counterrevolutionaries” (John Reed).b. An influence or effect: The manager had a hand in all major decisions.c. Evidence of craft or artistic skill: can see the hand of a genius even in the lighter poems.
- An aptitude or ability: I tried my hand at decorating.
- The aesthetic feel or tactile quality of something, such as a fabric, textile, or carpeting, that indicates its fineness, texture, and durability.
- A manner or way of performing something: a light hand with makeup.
- a. Permission or a promise, especially a pledge to wed.b. A commitment or agreement, especially when sealed by a handshake; one's word: You have my hand on that.
verbhand·ed, hand·ing, hands
- To give or pass with or as if with the hands; transmit: Hand me your keys.
- To aid, direct, or conduct with the hands: The usher handed the patron to a reserved seat.
- Nautical To roll up and secure (a sail); furl.
- Sports a. To give (the ball) directly to a teammate, as in football. Often used with off.b. To carry, strike, or propel (the ball) with the hand or arm in violation of the rules in soccer.
verb, intransitive Sports
Origin of handMiddle English, from Old English.
- The part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in a human, and the corresponding part in many other animals.
- Her hands are really strong.
- That which resembles, or to some extent performs the office of, a human hand; as,
- In linear measurement:
- (chiefly in measuring the height of horses) Four inches, a hand's breadth.
- A side; part, camp; direction, either right or left.
- Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill; dexterity.
- An agent; a servant, or manual laborer, especially in compounds; a workman, trained or competent for special service or duty; a performer more or less skillful.
- an old hand at speaking; large farms need many farm hands
- An instance of helping.
- Bob gave Alice a hand to move the furniture.
- Handwriting; style of penmanship.
- a good hand
- A person's signature.
- Given under my Hand and Seal of the State this 1st Day of January, 2010.
- Personal possession; ownership.
- (usually in the plural, hands) Management, domain, control.
- in safe hands; in good hands; He lost his job when the factory changed hands. With the business back in the founder's hands, there is new hope for the company. With John in charge of the project, it's in good hands.
- That which is, or may be, held in a hand at once.
- Give him a hand.
- (firearms) The small part of a gunstock near the lock, which is grasped by the hand in taking aim.
- A whole rhizome of ginger.
- The feel of a fabric; the impression or quality of the fabric as judged qualitatively by the sense of touch.
- This fabric has a smooth, soft hand'.
- (archaic) Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance.
- (archaic) Agency in transmission from one person to another.
- to buy at first hand (from the producer, or when new); to buy at second hand (when no longer in the producer’s hand, or when not new); It's not a rumor. I heard it at first hand.
Hand is used figuratively for a large variety of acts or things, in the doing, or making, or use of which the hand is in some way employed or concerned; also, as a symbol to denote various qualities or conditions, as,
- (a) Activity; operation; work; — in distinction from the head, which implies thought, and the heart, which implies affection.
- His hand will be against every man. — Genesis 16:12
- (b) Power; might; supremacy; — often in the Scriptures.
- With a mighty hand . . . will I rule over you. — Ezekiel 20:33.
- (c) Fraternal feeling; as, to give, or take, the hand; to give the right hand
- (d) Contract; — commonly of marriage; as, to ask the hand; to pledge the hand.
(third-person singular simple present hands, present participle handing, simple past and past participle handed)
- To give, pass, or transmit with the hand, literally or figuratively.
- He handed them the letter. She handed responsibility over to her deputy.
- To lead, guide, or assist with the hand; to conduct.
- to hand a lady into a carriage
- (rare) To pledge by the hand; to handfast.
- (nautical, said of a sail) To furl.
From Middle English, from Old English hand (“hand, side (in defining position), power, control, possession, charge, agency, person regarded as holder or receiver of something”), from Proto-Germanic *handuz (“hand”) (compare Dutch, Swedish hand, German Hand, West Frisian hân), of uncertain origin. Perhaps compare Old Swedish hinna (“to gain”), Gothic frahinþan 'to take captive, capture'; and Latvian sīts (“hunting spear”), Ancient Greek κεντέω (kenteō, “prick”), Albanian çandër (“pitchfork, prop”).