Definitions for: Hand


[n] physical assistance; "give me a hand with the chores"
[n] 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"- Springfield (Mass.) Union
[n] a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece; "the big hand counts the minutes"
[n] the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb; "he had the hands of a surgeon"; "he extended his mitt"
[n] ability; "he wanted to try his hand at singing"
[n] one of two sides of an issue; "on the one hand..., but on the other hand..."
[n] something written by hand; "she recognized his handwriting"; "his hand was illegible"
[n] a round of applause to signify approval; "give the little lady a great big hand"
[n] the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time; "I didn't hold a good hand all evening"; "he kept trying to see my hand"
[n] a position given by its location to the side of an object; "objections were voiced on every hand"
[n] a card player in a game of bridge; "we need a 4th hand for bridge"
[n] a member of the crew of a ship; "all hands on deck"
[n] a hired laborer on a farm or ranch; "the hired hand fixed the railing"; "a ranch hand"
[n] a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses; "the horse stood 20 hands"
[v] place into the hands or custody of; "Turn the files over to me, please"; "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"



Webster (1913) Definition: Hand, n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand,
OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h["o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh.
to Goth. hinpan to seize (in comp.). Cf. Hunt.]
1. 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. That which resembles, or to some extent performs the
office of, a human hand; as:
(a) A limb of certain animals, as the foot of a hawk, or
any one of the four extremities of a monkey.
(b) An index or pointer on a dial; as, the hour or minute
hand of a clock.

3. A measure equal to a hand's breadth, -- four inches; a
palm. Chiefly used in measuring the height of horses.

4. Side; part; direction, either right or left.

On this hand and that hand, were hangings. --Ex.
xxxviii. 15.

The Protestants were then on the winning hand.
--Milton.

5. Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill;
dexterity.

He had a great mind to try his hand at a Spectator.
--Addison.

6. Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence,
manner of performance.

To change the hand in carrying on the war.
--Clarendon.

Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by my
hand. --Judges vi.
36.

7. An agent; a servant, or laborer; a workman, trained or
competent for special service or duty; a performer more or
less skillful; as, a deck hand; a farm hand; an old hand
at speaking.

A dictionary containing a natural history requires
too many hands, as well as too much time, ever to be
hoped for. --Locke.

I was always reckoned a lively hand at a simile.
--Hazlitt.

8. Handwriting; style of penmanship; as, a good, bad or
running hand. Hence, a signature.

I say she never did invent this letter; This is a
man's invention and his hand. --Shak.

Some writs require a judge's hand. --Burril.

9. Personal possession; ownership; hence, control; direction;
management; -- usually in the plural. ``Receiving in hand
one year's tribute.'' --Knolles.

Albinus . . . found means to keep in his hands the
goverment of Britain. --Milton.

10. Agency in transmission from one person to another; as, to
buy at first hand, that is, from the producer, or when
new; at second hand, that is, when no longer in the
producer's hand, or when not new.

11. Rate; price. [Obs.] ``Business is bought at a dear hand,
where there is small dispatch.'' --Bacon.

12. That which is, or may be, held in a hand at once; as:
(a) (Card Playing) The quota of cards received from the
dealer.
(b) (Tobacco Manuf.) A bundle of tobacco leaves tied
together.

13. (Firearms) The small part of a gunstock near the lock,
which is grasped by the hand in taking aim.

Note: 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.'' --Gen. xvi. 12.
(b) Power; might; supremacy; -- often in the Scriptures.
``With a mighty hand . . . will I rule over you.''
--Ezek. xx. 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.

Note: Hand is often used adjectively or in compounds (with or
without the hyphen), signifying performed by the hand;
as, hand blow or hand-blow, hand gripe or hand-gripe:
used by, or designed for, the hand; as, hand ball or
handball, hand bow, hand fetter, hand grenade or
hand-grenade, handgun or hand gun, handloom or hand
loom, handmill or hand organ or handorgan, handsaw or
hand saw, hand-weapon: measured or regulated by the
hand; as, handbreadth or hand's breadth, hand gallop or
hand-gallop. Most of the words in the following
paragraph are written either as two words or in
combination.

Hand bag, a satchel; a small bag for carrying books,
papers, parcels, etc.

Hand basket, a small or portable basket.

Hand bell, a small bell rung by the hand; a table bell.
--Bacon.

Hand bill, a small pruning hook. See 4th Bill.

Hand car. See under Car.

Hand director (Mus.), an instrument to aid in forming a
good position of the hands and arms when playing on the
piano; a hand guide.

Hand drop. See Wrist drop.

Hand gallop. See under Gallop.

Hand gear (Mach.), apparatus by means of which a machine,
or parts of a machine, usually operated by other power,
may be operated by hand.

Hand glass.
(a) A glass or small glazed frame, for the protection of
plants.
(b) A small mirror with a handle.

Hand guide. Same as Hand director (above).

Hand language, the art of conversing by the hands, esp. as
practiced by the deaf and dumb; dactylology.

Hand lathe. See under Lathe.

Hand money, money paid in hand to bind a contract; earnest
money.

Hand organ (Mus.), a barrel organ, operated by a crank
turned by hand.

Hand plant. (Bot.) Same as Hand tree (below). -- {Hand
rail}, a rail, as in staircases, to hold by. --Gwilt.

Hand sail, a sail managed by the hand. --Sir W. Temple.

Hand screen, a small screen to be held in the hand.

Hand screw, a small jack for raising heavy timbers or
weights; (Carp.) a screw clamp.

Hand staff (pl. Hand staves), a javelin. --Ezek. xxxix.
9.

Hand stamp, a small stamp for dating, addressing, or
canceling papers, envelopes, etc.

Hand tree (Bot.), a lofty tree found in Mexico
(Cheirostemon platanoides), having red flowers whose
stamens unite in the form of a hand.

Hand vise, a small vise held in the hand in doing small
work. --Moxon.

Hand work, or Handwork, work done with the hands, as
distinguished from work done by a machine; handiwork.

All hands, everybody; all parties.

At all hands, On all hands, on all sides; from every
direction; generally.

At any hand, At no hand, in any (or no) way or direction;
on any account; on no account. ``And therefore at no hand
consisting with the safety and interests of humility.''
--Jer. Taylor.

At first hand, At second hand. See def. 10 (above).

At hand.
(a) Near in time or place; either present and within
reach, or not far distant. ``Your husband is at hand;
I hear his trumpet.'' --Shak.
(b) Under the hand or bridle. [Obs.] ``Horses hot at
hand.'' --Shak.

At the hand of, by the act of; as a gift from. ``Shall we
receive good at the hand of God and shall we not receive
evil?'' --Job ii. 10.

Bridle hand. See under Bridle.

By hand, with the hands, in distinction from
instrumentality of tools, engines, or animals; as, to weed
a garden by hand; to lift, draw, or carry by hand.

Clean hands, freedom from guilt, esp. from the guilt of
dishonesty in money matters, or of bribe taking. ``He that
hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.'' --Job
xvii. 9.

From hand to hand, from one person to another.

Hand in hand.
(a) In union; conjointly; unitedly. --Swift.
(b) Just; fair; equitable.

As fair and as good, a kind of hand in hand
comparison. --Shak.


Hand over hand, Hand over fist, by passing the hands
alternately one before or above another; as, to climb hand
over hand; also, rapidly; as, to come up with a chase hand
over hand.

Hand over head, negligently; rashly; without seeing what
one does. [Obs.] --Bacon.

Hand running, consecutively; as, he won ten times hand
running.

Hand off! keep off! forbear! no interference or meddling!


Hand to hand, in close union; in close fight; as, a hand to
hand contest. --Dryden.

Heavy hand, severity or oppression.

In hand.
(a) Paid down. ``A considerable reward in hand, and . . .
a far greater reward hereafter.'' --Tillotson.
(b) In preparation; taking place. --Chaucer. ``Revels . .
. in hand.'' --Shak.
(c) Under consideration, or in the course of transaction;
as, he has the business in hand.

In one's hand or hands.
(a) In one's possession or keeping.
(b) At one's risk, or peril; as, I took my life in my
hand.

Laying on of hands, a form used in consecrating to office,
in the rite of confirmation, and in blessing persons.

Light hand, gentleness; moderation.

Note of hand, a promissory note.

Off hand, Out of hand, forthwith; without delay,
hesitation, or difficulty; promptly. ``She causeth them to
be hanged up out of hand.'' --Spenser.

Off one's hands, out of one's possession or care.

On hand, in present possession; as, he has a supply of
goods on hand.

On one's hands, in one's possession care, or management.

Putting the hand under the thigh, an ancient Jewish
ceremony used in swearing.

Right hand, the place of honor, power, and strength.

Slack hand, idleness; carelessness; inefficiency; sloth.

Strict hand, severe discipline; rigorous government.

To bear a hand
(Naut), to give help quickly; to hasten.

To bear in hand, to keep in expectation with false
pretenses. [Obs.] --Shak.

To be hand and glove, or in glove with. See under
Glove.

To be on the mending hand, to be convalescent or improving.


To bring up by hand, to feed (an infant) without suckling
it.

To change hand. See Change.

To change hands, to change sides, or change owners.
--Hudibras.

To clap the hands, to express joy or applause, as by
striking the palms of the hands together.

To come to hand, to be received; to be taken into
possession; as, the letter came to hand yesterday.

To get hand, to gain influence. [Obs.]

Appetites have . . . got such a hand over them.
--Baxter.

To got one's hand in, to make a beginning in a certain
work; to become accustomed to a particular business.

To have a hand in, to be concerned in; to have a part or
concern in doing; to have an agency or be employed in.

To have in hand.
(a) To have in one's power or control. --Chaucer.
(b) To be engaged upon or occupied with.

To have one's hands full, to have in hand al that one can
do, or more than can be done conveniently; to be pressed
with labor or engagements; to be surrounded with
difficulties.

To have, or get, the (higher) upper hand, to have, or
get, the better of another person or thing.

To his hand, To my hand, etc., in readiness; already
prepared. ``The work is made to his hands.'' --Locke.

To hold hand, to compete successfully or on even
conditions. [Obs.] --Shak.

To lay hands on, to seize; to assault.

To lend a hand, to give assistance.

To lift, or put forth, the hand against, to attack; to
oppose; to kill.

To live from hand to mouth, to obtain food and other
necessaries as want compels, without previous provision.


To make one's hand, to gain advantage or profit.

To put the hand unto, to steal. --Ex. xxii. 8.

To put the

last, or finishing,

hand to, to make the last corrections in; to complete; to
perfect.

To set the hand to, to engage in; to undertake.

That the Lord thy God may bless thee in all that
thou settest thine hand to. --Deut. xxiii.
20.

To stand one in hand, to concern or affect one.

To strike hands, to make a contract, or to become surety
for another's debt or good behavior.

To take in hand.
(a) To attempt or undertake.
(b) To seize and deal with; as, he took him in hand.

To wash the hands of, to disclaim or renounce interest in,
or responsibility for, a person or action; as, to wash
one's hands of a business. --Matt. xxvii. 24.

Under the hand of, authenticated by the handwriting or
signature of; as, the deed is executed under the hand and
seal of the owner.


Hand, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Handed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Handing.]
1. To give, pass, or transmit with the hand; as, he handed
them the letter.

2. To lead, guide, or assist with the hand; to conduct; as,
to hand a lady into a carriage.

3. To manage; as, I hand my oar. [Obs.] --Prior.

4. To seize; to lay hands on. [Obs.] --Shak.

5. To pledge by the hand; to handfast. [R.]

6. (Naut.) To furl; -- said of a sail. --Totten.

To hand down, to transmit in succession, as from father to
son, or from predecessor to successor; as, fables are
handed down from age to age; to forward to the proper
officer (the decision of a higher court); as, the Clerk of
the Court of Appeals handed down its decision.

To hand over, to yield control of; to surrender; to deliver
up.


Hand, v. i.
To co["o]perate. [Obs.] --Massinger.


Hand, 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.


> Where's the point of alt.stupidity?
Between the 't' and the 's'. HTH. HAND.

Synonyms: bridge player, deal, give, handwriting, helping hand, hired hand, hired man, manus, mitt, pass, pass on, paw, reach, script, turn over

See Also: ability, accumulation, aggregation, aid, applause, arm, arteria digitalis, arteria metacarpea, assemblage, assist, assistance, ball, bidder, big hand, bridge hand, bridge partner, cacography, calligraphy, card player, clapping, clenched fist, collection, commit, communicate, confide, contractor, crewman, cursive, deal, declarer, deliver, digital arteries, distribute, drover, entrust, extremity, farm worker, farmhand, fieldhand, finger, fist, forepaw, free, get in, give away, give out, give up, groom, hand clapping, hand down, hand out, hand over, handbreadth, handsbreadth, help, herder, herdsman, homo, hooks, hostler, hour hand, human, human being, impart, intercapitular vein, intrust, jack, laborer, labourer, leave, left, left hand, little hand, long suit, longhand, man, manual laborer, maulers, meat hooks, metacarpal artery, metacarpal vein, metacarpus, minute hand, ostler, palm, penmanship, pointer, poker hand, power, put across, ranch hand, release, relegate, relinquish, render, resign, right, right hand, running hand, sailor, scratch, scrawl, scribble, second hand, shorthand, side, side, slip, sneak, stableboy, stableman, stenography, submit, thenar, timekeeper, timepiece, transfer, trust, turn in, vena intercapitalis, vena metacarpus, writing

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Famous Quotes Containing Hand:


As is said about most writers: on the one hand all I ever did from when I was a child was read, and I was a loner, which was furthered by my parents and my upbringing.

-- Elfriede Jelinek (American Playwright)

I am sure that, on the one hand, the Rothschilds appreciate the merits of Marx, and that on the other hand, Marx feels an instinctive inclination and a great respect for the Rothschilds.

-- Mikhail Bakunin (Russian Revolutionary)

Separately there was only wind, water, sail, and hull, but at my hand the four had been given purpose and direction.

-- Lowell Thomas (American Journalist)

I was really into Black Sabbath, but heavy guitars can really be very limiting, it's a great frequency and it's great fun to listen to but on the other hand, musically you can do a lot more without it.

-- Kip Winger (American Musician)

The proletarian woman fights hand in hand with the man of her class against capitalist society.

-- Clara Zetkin (German Politician)

We don't want to show our hand to the fan base or give up too much too early.

-- Anthony Michael Hall (American Actor)

A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print.

-- Marguerite Yourcenar (American Novelist)

The tension between centrality, on the one hand, and competition, on the other, is probably the oldest of all market structure issues.

-- Arthur Levitt (American Public Servant)

How would it be possible if salvation were ready to our hand, and could without great labor be found, that it should be by almost all men neglected? But all things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.

-- Baruch Spinoza ( Philosopher)

One the other hand, the publishing trend is ghastly, isn't it? Two hundred and something distributors are now down to 10 or 12? And what's the recruiting drive?

-- Jerry Pournelle (American Journalist)

The Queen is the only person who can put on a tiara with one hand, while walking down stairs.

-- Princess Margaret (British Royalty)

If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.

-- Cardinal Richelieu (French Clergyman)

If your emotional abilities aren't in hand, if you don't have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can't have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.

-- Daniel Goleman (American Author)

The ability and desire to transform the mundane materials at hand that we both bring into the collaboration well beyond the sum total of the parts - to birth a new baby neither of us could claim single parentage of.

-- Gary Lucas ( -)

Whether I sound like Sammy or not is purely coincidence. You have got to hand it to him, he sings his ass off. There is no moss on that stone.

-- Gary Cherone (American Musician)

A whole army, though they can neither write nor read, are not afraid of a platform, which they know is but earth or stone; nor of a cannon, which, without a hand to give fire to it, is but cold iron; therefore a whole army is afraid of one man.

-- James Harrington (English Philosopher)

My hand does the work and I don't have to think; in fact, were I to think, it would stop the flow. It's like a dam in the brain that bursts.

-- Edna O'Brien (Irish Novelist)

The children whom nobody leads by the hand are the children who know they are children.

-- Antonio Porchia (Italian Poet)

I always tell my kids if you lay down, people will step over you. But if you keep scrambling, if you keep going, someone will always, always give you a hand. Always. But you gotta keep dancing, you gotta keep your feet moving.

-- Morgan Freeman (American Actor)

My disorder has been attended with several symptoms of a consumption; and I have been at times apprehensive that my great change was at hand: yet blessed be God, I have never been affrighted; but, on the contrary, at times much delighted with a view of its approach.

-- David Brainerd (American Clergyman)

In the Astronaut Office we're never totally out of training, we always keep our hand in it. But after five years, things have changed and so it's been good to get back into the flow and relearn a lot of things.

-- Linda M. Godwin (American Astronaut)

I can walk into a bookstore and hand over my credit card and they don't know who the hell I am. Maybe that says something about bookstore clerks.

-- E. L. Doctorow (American Author)

That still has to be there. And so, it's kind of an interesting question you brought up. Because, on the one hand, yeah, it'd be lovely. I certainly don't see that happening. In fact, I see the opposite happening.

-- Danny Elfman (American Musician)

When I commit, I commit with my whole heart, my whole being. I know the Bible like the back of my hand.

-- Barry White (American Musician)

A love of books, of holding a book, turning its pages, looking at its pictures, and living its fascinating stories goes hand-in-hand with a love of learning.

-- Laura Bush (American First Lady)

Internationalism on the other hand admits that spiritual achievements have their roots deep in national life; from this national consciousness art and literature derive their character and strength and on it even many of the humanistic sciences are firmly based.

-- Christian Lous Lange (Norwegian Politician)

We can speak about the institution, but ultimately the bar is the group that both is in touch with the public on the one hand and understands the judicial institution on the other.

-- Stephen Breyer (American Judge)

A pure hand needs no glove to cover it.

-- Nathaniel Hawthorne (American Novelist)

Entropy theory, on the other hand, is not concerned with the probability of succession in a series of items but with the overall distribution of kinds of items in a given arrangement.

-- Rudolf Arnheim (German Artist)

On the one hand, the financial projection is on the agenda - we will see if this problem can be resolved or not. I think it is a right idea to stage a special summit, which would deal with the question of priorities of European politics.

-- Angela Merkel (German Statesman)

People go back to the stuff that doesn't cost a lot of money and the stuff that you don't have to hand money to over and over again. Stuff that you get for free, stuff that your older brother gives you, stuff that you can get out of the local library.

-- Frank Black (American Musician)

If you stop one terror attack in the U.S., it may be connected to multiple other plots out there that are connected. If you reveal that you stopped one plot, it may tip our hand.

-- Patrick McHenry (American Politician)

Evil and good are God's right hand and left.

-- Horace Mann (American Educator)

Now being upon the haunches (as he necessarily must be in this case) is it impossible but he must be light in hand, because no horse can be rightly upon his haunches without being so.

-- William Cavendish (British Civil Servant)


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