- The definition of a palm is the inner surface of the hand between the fingers and wrist, or the part of a glove that covers this part of the hand.
An example of a palm is the part of the hand that fortune tellers look at in order to tell your fortune.
- Palm is defined as a tropical tree or shrub with a branch-free trunk and long feather-shaped leaves at the top.
An example of a palm is the kind of tall skinny trees that you see a lot of in Hawaii.
- Palm is to hide something in the hand, or to pick something up and secretly hold it in the hand.
An example of palm is to hide a card in the hand during a card trick.
A coconut palm tree.
- any of an order (Arecales) of tropical or subtropical monocotyledonous trees and shrubs, having a woody, usually unbranched, trunk and large, evergreen, featherlike or fan-shaped leaves growing in a bunch at the top
- a leaf of such a tree carried or worn as a symbol of victory, triumph, joy, etc.
- victory; triumph
- a representation of a palm leaf or frond given in lieu of a second award of the same military decoration
Origin of palmMiddle English palme ; from Old English palm ; from Classical Latin palma: so named because its leaf somewhat resembles the palm of the hand
bear the palmor carry off the palm
yield the palm to
- the inner part or surface of the hand between the fingers and wrist
- the part of a glove, mitten, etc. that covers the palm
- the broad, flat part of an antler, as of a moose
- a unit of linear measure based either on the width of the hand (3 to 4 inches) or on its length (7 to 9 inches)
- any broad, flat part at the end of an arm, handle, etc.,
- a piece of leather, often with a metal disc attached, that fits over the palm of the hand, worn for protection in sewing heavy canvas or leather
Origin of palmaltered (infl. by L) ; from Middle English paume ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin palma, palm of the hand ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pele-, broad, flat, spread out from source floor, field
- to hide (something) in the palm or between the fingers, as in a sleight-of-hand trick
- ☆ to interrupt the dribbling of (a basketball) for an instant by grasping with the palm and fingers: such interrupting is illegal
have an itching palm
- a. The inner surface of the hand that extends from the wrist to the base of the fingers.b. The similar part of the forefoot of a quadruped.
- A unit of length equal to either the width or the length of the hand.
- The part of a glove or mitten that covers the palm of the hand.
- Nautical A metal shield worn by sailmakers over the palm of the hand and used to force a needle through heavy canvas.
- Nautical The blade of an oar or paddle.
- The flattened part of the antlers of certain animals, such as the moose.
transitive verbpalmed, palm·ing, palms
- a. To hold in the palm of the hand.b. To touch or stroke with the palm of the hand.
- To conceal in the palm of the hand, as in cheating at dice or cards or in a sleight-of-hand trick.
- To pick up furtively.
- Basketball To commit a violation by letting (the ball) rest momentarily in the palm of the hand while dribbling.
Origin of palmMiddle English paume, from Old French, from Latin palma, palm tree, palm of the hand; see pel&schwa;-2 in Indo-European roots.
- Any of numerous chiefly tropical evergreen trees, shrubs, or woody vines of the family Arecaceae (or Palmae), characteristically having an unbranched trunk with a crown of large pinnate or palmate leaves having conspicuous parallel venation.
- A leaf of a palm tree, regarded as an emblem of victory, success, or joy.
- A small metallic representation of a palm leaf added to a military decoration that has been awarded more than one time.
Origin of palmMiddle English, from Old English and from Old French palme, both from Latin palma, palm of the hand, palm tree (from the shape of the tree's fronds); see pel&schwa;-2 in Indo-European roots.
From Middle English palme, from Old English palm, palma (“palm-tree, palm-branch”), from Latin palma (“palm-tree, palm-branch, palm of the hand”), from Proto-Indo-European *palam-, *plām- (“palm of the hand”). Cognate with Dutch palm, German Palme, Danish palme, Icelandic pálmur (“palm”).
- The inner and somewhat concave part of the human hand that extends from the wrist to the bases of the fingers.
- The corresponding part of the forefoot of a lower mammal.
- A linear measure equal either to the breadth of the hand or to its length from the wrist to the ends of the fingers; a hand; used in measuring a horse's height.
- (sailmaking) A metallic disk attached to a strap and worn in the palm of the hand; used to push the needle through the canvas, in sewing sails, etc.
- The broad flattened part of an antler, as of a full-grown fallow deer; so called as resembling the palm of the hand with its protruding fingers.
- (nautical) The flat inner face of an anchor fluke.
- (hand): hardel
(third-person singular simple present palms, present participle palming, simple past and past participle palmed)
From Middle English palme, paume, from Old French palme, paulme, paume (“palm of the hand, ball, tennis”), from Latin palma (“palm of the hand, hand-breadth”), from Proto-Indo-European *palam-, *plām- (“palm of the hand”). Cognate with Ancient Greek παλάμη (palámē, “palm of the hand”), Old English folm (“palm of the hand”), Old Irish lám (“hand”).
palm - Computer Definition
(Palm, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, www.palm.com) A manufacturer of smartphones that popularized the handheld personal digital assistant (PDA) market. In 2010, Palm was acquired by HP. Palm was founded in 1992 by Jeff Hawkins. Its first PDA, the Zoomer, was unsuccessfully marketed by Tandy. However, after Palm was acquired by U.S. Robotics in 1995, its products took off. In 1996, the PalmPilot 1000 and 5000 sold more than 350,000 units by year end. Although the "Pilot" name was later dropped, many referred to all Palm PDAs and even non-Palm PDAs as PalmPilots. The Palm devices popularized the pen interface and handwriting recognition (first called "Graffiti") that was also licensed by Apple for its own organizer (see Newton). In 1998, the Palm creators left U.S. Robotics, which by then had merged into 3Com, and founded Handspring. Handspring licensed the Palm OS and introduced the Visor, the first Palm PDA clone. In 2000, Palm was spun off as a separate company, and in 2002 was divided into independent businesses: palmOne for hardware and PalmSource for software. Later renamed Palm, Inc., palmOne produced PDAs and smartphones. In 2003, Palm acquired the Treo brand from Handspring, which was designed to combine PDA and cellphone, and the Palm product line eventually evolved into smartphones only, including the Pre, Treo and Centro models. PalmSource was set up to license the Palm OS platform and HotSync technology that synchronizes data between handhelds and PCs. Running on a variety of CPUs from Motorola, Intel, TI and ARM, the Palm OS has been used in more than 40 million handhelds and smartphones worldwide. In 2005, PalmSource became a subsidiary of Japan-based ACCESS CO., LTD., changing its name to ACCESS a year later and licensing the source code back to Palm, Inc. See webOS, PDA and Palm Pre.