Hand meaning

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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.

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Physical assistance; help.

Gave me a hand with the bags.

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To give or pass with or as if with the hands; transmit.

Hand me your keys.

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(sports) A hand ball in soccer.
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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.

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A participant in an activity, often one who specializes in a particular activity or pursuit.

An old hand at labor negotiations.

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The aesthetic feel or tactile quality of something, such as a fabric, textile, or carpeting, that indicates its fineness, texture, and durability.
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A manner or way of performing something.

A light hand with makeup.

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To aid, direct, or conduct with the hands.

The usher handed the patron to a reserved seat.

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(nautical) To roll up and secure (a sail); furl.
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Hand means applause.

An example of giving someone a hand is clapping after a great performance.

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Something suggesting the shape or function of the human hand, especially:
  • Any of the rotating pointers used as indexes on the face of a mechanical clock.
  • A pointer, as on a gauge or dial.
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A unit of length equal to 4 inches (10.2 centimeters), used especially to specify the height of a horse.
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A round of applause to signify approval.
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An aptitude or ability.

I tried my hand at decorating.

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To make a handoff, as in football. Often used with off.
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The part of the human body attached to the end of the forearm, including the wrist, palm, fingers, and thumb.
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A corresponding part in some animals.
  • 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.
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A side, direction, or position indicated by one hand or the other.

At one's right hand.

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The hand as an instrument for making or producing.
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The hand as a symbol of its grasping or gripping function.
  • Possession.
    The documents now in his hands.
  • Control; power; authority.
    To strengthen one's hand.
  • Care; charge; supervision.
    The matter is in the hands of my lawyer.
  • Agency; influence.
    To see someone's hand in this affair.
  • An active part; share.
    Take a hand in the work.
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The hand as a symbol of promise.
  • A clasp or handshake as a pledge of agreement, friendship, etc.
  • A promise to marry.
    He asked for her hand.
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Skill; ability; dexterity.

The work that shows a master's hand.

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Manner of doing something.

To play the piano with a light hand.

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A clapping of hands; applause.

To receive a big hand for one's performance.

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Assistance; aid; help.

To lend a hand.

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A person whose chief work is done with the hands, esp., one of a staff or crew, as a sailor or a laborer on a farm or ranch.
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A person regarded as having some special skill, expertise, or characteristic.

She's quite a hand at sewing.

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A person (or, sometimes, thing) from or through which something comes; source [essays by several hands]
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A conventional drawing of a hand () used on signposts, etc.
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An indicator; pointer.

The hands of a clock.

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The approximate breadth of the adult human palm, used as a unit of measurement, esp. for the height of horses: now usually taken to be 4 inches.
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(commerce) A banana cluster.
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A small tied bundle, esp. of tobacco leaves.
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The way cloth held in the hand feels.
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Of or for the hand or hands.
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Made by hand.
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Controlled by hand; manual.
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To pass or give with or as with the hand; transfer; transmit; deliver.
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To give; provide with.

It handed them a laugh.

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To help, conduct, steady, etc. by means of the hand.

To hand a lady into a taxi.

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(naut.) To furl (a sail)
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(person) 1872-1961; U.S. jurist.
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Of, with, by, or for a hand or hands.

Handclasp, handcuff.

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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.
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A homologous or similar part in other animals, as the terminal part of the forelimb in certain vertebrates.
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Lateral direction indicated according to the way in which one is facing.

At my right hand.

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at hand
  • Close by; near.
  • Soon in time; imminent:
    Retribution is at hand.
  • Under discussion:
    Let's keep to the matter at hand.
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at the hand
  • By or through the agency of:
    Favors he received at the hands of his uncle.
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by hand
  • By using the hands; manually.
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get
  • To get possession of; acquire or obtain.
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hand and foot
  • With concerted, never-ending effort:
    Had to wait on them hand and foot.
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hand in
  • On intimate terms or in close association:
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hand in hand
  • In cooperation; jointly.
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(informal) hand it to
  • To give credit to:
    You've got to hand it to her; she knows what she's doing.
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hand over fist
  • At a tremendous rate:
    Made money hand over fist.
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hands down
  • With no trouble; easily.
  • Indisputably; unquestionably.
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in hand
  • In one's possession:
    Arrived with the contract in hand.
  • Under control:
    Kept the tense situation in hand.
  • Under consideration:
    Gave her attention to the matter in hand.
  • In preparation or process:
    With the work finally in hand, we began to see progress.
  • Remaining to be played by one team but not by another:
    Their team is ahead in the standings, but our team has two games in hand.
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off (one's) hands
  • No longer under one's jurisdiction, within one's responsibility, or in one's care:
    We finally got that project off our hands.
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on hand
  • Present; available:
    Are there enough people on hand to hold a meeting?.
  • About to happen; imminent:
    What is on hand for this evening?.
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on
  • In one's possession, often as an imposed responsibility or burden:
    Now they have the grandchildren on their hands.
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on one
  • As one point of view; from one standpoint.
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on the other hand
  • As another point of view; from another standpoint.
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out of hand
  • Out of control:
    Employee absenteeism has gotten out of hand.
  • Without consideration; immediately:
    Dismissed my complaint out of hand.
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to hand
  • Nearby.
  • In one's possession.
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(at) first hand
  • from the original source; directly
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at hand
  • near; close by
  • immediately available
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at second hand
  • not from the original source; indirectly
  • not new; previously used
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at the hand of
  • through the action of
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by hand
  • not by machines but with the hands
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change hands
  • to pass from one owner to another
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eat out of someone's hand
  • to be completely dominated by or devoted to someone
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force someone's hand
  • to force someone to act, or declare intentions, before he or she is ready
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from hand to hand
  • from one person's possession to another's
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from hand to mouth
  • with just enough for immediate needs and nothing left over for the future
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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.
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hand down
  • to give as an inheritance; bequeath
  • to announce or deliver (a verdict, etc.)
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hand in
  • to give; submit
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hand in glove
  • in intimate association; in close agreement or cooperation
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hand in hand
  • holding each other's hand
  • together; in cooperation or correlation
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hand it to
  • to give deserved credit to
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hand off
  • to hand (the ball) to a teammate during a play
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hand on
  • to pass along; transmit
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hand out
  • to distribute; deal out
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hand over
  • to give up; deliver
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hand over fist
  • easily and in large amounts
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hands down
  • without effort; easily
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hands off!
  • don't touch! don't interfere!
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hands up!
  • raise your hands over your head!
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hand to hand
  • at close quarters
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hand up
  • to present (an indictment) to a court
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have one's hands full
  • to be extremely busy; be doing as much as one can
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hold hands
  • to hold each other's hand, esp. in affection
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in hand
  • in order or control
  • in possession
  • being worked on; in process
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join hands
  • to become associates; enter into partnership
  • to become husband and wife
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keep one's hand in
  • to keep in practice in order to retain one's skill
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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
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not lift a hand
  • to do nothing; not even try
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off one's hands
  • no longer in one's care; out of one's responsibility
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on every hand
  • on all sides; in all directions
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on hand
  • near
  • available or ready
  • present
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on one's hands
  • in one's care; being one's responsibility
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on the one hand
  • from one point of view
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on the other hand
  • from the opposed point of view
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out of hand
  • out of control
  • immediately; without preliminaries or delay
  • over and done with
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show one's hand
  • to disclose one's intentions
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take in hand
  • to take control of or responsibility for
  • to take up; handle; treat
  • to try; attempt
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throw in one's hand
  • to admit defeat; give up
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throw up one's hands
  • to give up in despair
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tie someone's hands
  • to hinder or restrict someone from carrying out an action
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to hand
  • near; accessible
  • in one's possession
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turn one's hand to
  • to undertake; work at
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wash one's hands of
  • to refuse to go on with or take responsibility for
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with a heavy hand
  • in a heavy manner; without delicacy or grace
  • with severity or sternness
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with a high hand
  • with arrogance; in an arbitrary or dictatorial manner
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with clean hands
  • without guilt; as an innocent person
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Origin of hand

  • Middle English from Old English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition