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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On the other hand, when I give it closer thought, I realize I'm not enough of a dictator to conduct an orchestra because it requires a pretty awful person. When you read these biographies of famous conductors, they are all awful people who fail in their private relationships.

-- Eberhard Weber (German Musician)

So, Hitchcock wouldn't say anything about my work in the movie but, on the other hand, he wouldn't complain, either.

-- Kim Novak (American Actress)

I've never had to turn my hand to anything for monetary gain, other than pretending to be somebody else. I'm deeply fortunate.

-- Ben Kingsley (English Actor)

For, he that expects nothing shall not be disappointed, but he that expects much - if he lives and uses that in hand day by day - shall be full to running over.

-- Edgar Cayce (American Celebrity)

Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.

-- Malcolm X (American Activist)

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)

More than anything, people want the reality of the discussion at hand. If what is going on in that building is the real thing, if the transforming love and power of Jesus Christ is being experienced, you can sit on a metal folding chair or in a plush theater seat.

-- Bill Hybels (American Clergyman)

I have the ability to sing with emotion and feeling, but if you say I sound like Billie Holiday, that's cool. Let's look at who Billie was: she was this person, this singer, this beautiful diva who could move the audience with the slightest gesture of her hand.

-- Erykah Badu (American Musician)

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)

I've always been the breadwinner and men don't like that. They turn on you. They bite the hand that feeds them. Eventually, too, they become very jealous of the love one has with an audience.

-- Shirley Bassey ( Musician)

There are some circles in America where it seems to be more socially acceptable to carry a hand-gun than a packet of cigarettes.

-- Katherine Whitehorn ( Journalist)

Style is the hallmark of a temperament stamped upon the material at hand.

-- Andre Maurois (French Writer)

We must have great respect for these people who also suffer and who want to find their own way of correct living. On the other hand, to create a legal form of a kind of homosexual marriage, in reality, does not help these people.

-- Joseph Ratzinger (German Clergyman)

I'm very unstable; there's no stability in a musician's life at all. You live on a bus or on the road hand to mouth and you don't know where your money's coming from.

-- James Taylor ( Musician)

I do the cooking at home. Where we eat no more than 100 grams of meat a day and have 'tons' of fresh vegetables. I prepare the vegetables with a wide range of herbs, spices and such. We also keep on hand lots of fruit, yogurt and great breads.

-- Graham Kerr (English Celebrity)

So, for example, a country was into recession right after I was sworn in, a dot-com bust had taken place. Then the attacks of September the 11th, and then of course the great financial meltdown in the -the fundamental question facing any presidency is how do you deal with the hand you're dealt?

-- George W. Bush (American President)

You can count on one hand the number of Novus Ordo churches in this country that feature a fully Catholic music program of any quality, consistent with the Roman rite tradition.

-- Richard Morris (English Clergyman)

Television is a powerful medium that has to be used for something better than sitcoms and police shows. On the other hand, if you don't recognize the forces that play on what people watch and what they don't then you're a fool and you should be in a different business.

-- Roone Arledge (American Journalist)

The horse's neck is between the two reins of the bridle, which both meet in the rider's hand.

-- William Cavendish (British Civil Servant)

You are a pest, by the very nature of that camera in your hand.

-- Princess Anne (British Royalty)

What is at a peak is certain to decline. He who shows his hand will surely be defeated. He who can prevail in battle by taking advantage of his enemy's doubts is invincible.

-- Cao Cao (Chinese Statesman)

The hand of fate had dipped into the ragbag of humanity.

-- Jean Shepherd (American Writer)

On the other hand, we have in Israel, an Israeli government which has been elected by the Israeli people. Their political agenda is not for peace. They are from the camp anti-peace.

-- Rafik Hariri (Lebanese Statesman)

I deal with first-hand sources. And give the people, even John Sununu, the opportunity to respond to what I've been told by first-hand sources.

-- Bob Woodward (American Journalist)

I'm not an old, experienced hand at politics. But I am now seasoned enough to have learned that the hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.

-- Adlai E. Stevenson (American Politician)

When service members are discharged, we should express our gratitude for their profound personal sacrifice, not hand them a bill for their hospital food.

-- Barbara Boxer (American Politician)

On the other hand, there would be some value in different folks getting together to share expertise and technology; but to the listener, it wouldn't necessarily seem like a single station in the traditional sense.

-- Jamie Zawinski (American Scientist)

Once I knew only darkness and stillness... my life was without past or future... but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living.

-- Helen Keller (American Author)

Even when I work with computers, with high technology, I always try to put in the touch of the hand.

-- Issey Miyake (Japanese Designer)

The banding together by the nations of the world against Israel is the guarantee that their time of destruction is near and the final redemption of the Jew at hand.

-- Meir Kahane (American Clergyman)

I commissioned this artist to make these silver tomahawks by hand. Larry Sellers, who plays Cloud Dancing on the show, blessed and cleansed them and all.

-- Joe Lando (American Actor)

I was able to go from stage hand to floor manager to assistant director to director in a year because there was just no one else to do it and what I didn't realise and what people don't understand now about television is that we used to do about five shows a day.

-- Richard Lester (English Director)

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)

And for a very special group of people, we've provided their only job. I'm speaking of course of the disabled. They have stated they don't want a hand out just a hand. We are happy to give them one.

-- Carl Karcher (American Businessman)

How thoroughly it is ingrained in mathematical science that every real advance goes hand in hand with the invention of sharper tools and simpler methods which, at the same time, assist in understanding earlier theories and in casting aside some more complicated developments.

-- David Hilbert (German Mathematician)


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