Definition of Hand

1. Noun. The (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb. "He extended his mitt"

2. Verb. Place into the hands or custody of. "They hand the parcel to their parents"; "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"

3. Noun. A hired laborer on a farm or ranch. "A ranch hand"

4. Verb. Guide or conduct or usher somewhere. "Hand the elderly lady into the taxi"
Generic synonyms: Conduct, Direct, Guide, Lead, Take

5. Noun. Something written by hand. "His hand was illegible"
Exact synonyms: Handwriting, Script
Category relationships: Handwriting
Specialized synonyms: Shorthand, Stenography, Tachygraphy, Cursive, Cursive Script, Longhand, Running Hand, Calligraphy, Chirography, Penmanship, Cacography, Scratch, Scrawl, Scribble
Generic synonyms: Writing
Derivative terms: Handwrite, Scriptural

6. Noun. Ability. "He wanted to try his hand at singing"
Generic synonyms: Ability, Power

7. Noun. A position given by its location to the side of an object. "Objections were voiced on every hand"
Generic synonyms: Side

8. Noun. The cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time. "He kept trying to see my hand"
Exact synonyms: Deal
Generic synonyms: Accumulation, Aggregation, Assemblage, Collection
Terms within: Long Suit
Specialized synonyms: Bridge Hand, Poker Hand
Derivative terms: Deal, Deal, Deal

9. Noun. One of two sides of an issue. "On the one hand..., but on the other hand..."
Generic synonyms: Side

10. Noun. A rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece. "The big hand counts the minutes"
Specialized synonyms: Hour Hand, Little Hand, Big Hand, Minute Hand, Second Hand
Generic synonyms: Pointer
Group relationships: Horologe, Timekeeper, Timepiece

11. Noun. A unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses. "The horse stood 20 hands"
Generic synonyms: Handbreadth, Handsbreadth

12. Noun. A member of the crew of a ship. "All hands on deck"
Generic synonyms: Crewman, Sailor

13. Noun. A card player in a game of bridge. "We need a 4th hand for bridge"
Exact synonyms: Bridge Player
Specialized synonyms: Bidder, Bridge Partner, Contractor, Declarer
Generic synonyms: Card Player

14. Noun. A round of applause to signify approval. "Give the little lady a great big hand"
Generic synonyms: Applause, Clapping, Hand Clapping

15. Noun. 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"
Generic synonyms: Forepaw

16. Noun. Physical assistance. "Give me a hand with the chores"
Exact synonyms: Helping Hand
Generic synonyms: Aid, Assist, Assistance, Help

Definition of Hand

1. n. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in man and monkeys, and the corresponding part in many other animals; manus; paw. See Manus.

2. v. t. To give, pass, or transmit with the hand; as, he handed them the letter.

3. v. i. To coöperate.

4. n. A gambling game played by American Indians, consisting of guessing the whereabouts of bits of ivory or the like, which are passed rapidly from hand to hand.

Definition of Hand

1. Initialism. have a nice day ¹

2. Noun. The part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in a human, and the corresponding part in many other animals. ¹

3. Noun. That which resembles, or to some extent performs the office of, a human hand; as, ¹

4. Noun. In long measure, two different lengths: ¹

5. Noun. A side; part, camp; direction, either right or left. ¹

6. Noun. Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill; dexterity. ¹

7. Noun. (archaic) Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance. ¹

8. Noun. 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; as, ¹

9. Noun. An instance of helping. ¹

10. Noun. Handwriting; style of penmanship. ¹

11. Noun. A person's signature. ¹

12. Noun. Personal possession; ownership; hence, control; direction; management; — usually in the plural. ¹

13. Noun. That which is, or may be, held in a hand at once. ¹

14. Noun. Applause. ¹

15. Noun. Agency in transmission from one person to another. ¹

16. Noun. The feel of a fabric; the impression or quality of the fabric as judged qualitatively by the sense of touch. ¹

17. Noun. (obsolete) Rate; price. ¹

18. Noun. Each of the pointers on the face of an analog clock, which are used to indicate the time of day. ¹

19. Noun. (context: firearms) The small part of a gunstock near the lock, which is grasped by the hand in taking aim. ¹

20. Noun. The collective noun for a bunch of bananas. ¹

21. Verb. (transitive) To give, pass, or transmit with the hand. ¹

22. Verb. (transitive) To lead, guide, or assist with the hand; to conduct. ¹

23. Verb. (transitive, obsolete) To manage. ¹

24. Verb. (transitive, obsolete) To seize; to lay hands on. ¹

25. Verb. (transitive rare) To pledge by the hand; to handfast. ¹

26. Verb. (transitive nautical said of a sail) To furl. ¹

27. Verb. (intransitive obsolete) To cooperate. ¹

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Definition of Hand

1. to present with the hand (the end of the forearm) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Hand

1. The portion of the upper limb distal to the radiocarpal joint, comprised of the wrist, palm, and fingers. Synonym: manus, main. Origin: A.S. (19 Feb 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Hand

hand (current term)
hand-and-foot syndrome
hand-eye coordination
hand-foot-and-mouth disease
hand-foot-and-mouth disease virus
hand-held computer
hand-held microcomputer

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