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:


Very interesting for an old duffer like me to try his hand at something new. If I don't do that once in a while, I might just turn into a fossil, you know!

-- Norman Rockwell (American Artist)

Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.

-- John Ruskin (English Writer)

Dad went to Canada to learn how to fly with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He took me on my first airplane ride, where I could have a hand on the stick.

-- Wally Schirra (American Astronaut)

Books are standing counselors and preachers, always at hand, and always disinterested; having this advantage over oral instructors, that they are ready to repeat their lesson as often as we please.

-- Louis Nizer (English Lawyer)

People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them.

-- Eric Hoffer (American Writer)

I was an able-seaman, a deck hand. As I say, it's the way to see the world and get paid for it.

-- David Walker ( -)

The King's son, who was told that a great princess, whom nobody knew, was come, ran out to receive her. He gave her his hand as she alighted from the coach, and led her into the hall where the company were assembled.

-- Charles Perrault (French Author)

If a man cannot do brain work without stimulants of any kind, he had better turn to hand work it is an indication on Nature's part that she did not mean him to be a head worker.

-- Thomas Huxley (English Scientist)

The profoundest thoughts of the philosophers have something trickle about them. A lot disappears in order for something to suddenly appear in the palm of the hand.

-- Elias Canetti (Swiss Author)

The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can't do.

-- Denis Waitley (American Writer)

It's nice to witness these discoveries at first hand.

-- Michael Aspel (British Journalist)

The two most misused words in the entire English vocabulary are love and friendship. A true friend would die for you, so when you start trying to count them on one hand, you don't need any fingers.

-- Larry Flynt (American Publisher)

The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.

-- Jacob Bronowski (English Scientist)

Even God lends a hand to honest boldness.

-- Menander (Greek Poet)

He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.

-- Francis Bacon (English Philosopher)

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)

All we ask is that we have peace with the whites. We want to hold you by the hand. You are our father.

-- Black Kettle (American Leader)

After a while I thought it didn't make any sense to use a pick. It's kind of like typing with one finger on each hand instead of using all your fingers.

-- Kevin Eubanks (American Musician)

The link between peace and stability on the one hand, and social and economic growth on the other, is dialectic. Peace, poverty, and backwardness cannot mix in one region.

-- King Hussein I (Jordanian Statesman)

It is necessary to develop a strategy that utilizes all the physical conditions and elements that are directly at hand. The best strategy relies upon an unlimited set of responses.

-- Morihei Ueshiba (Japanese Athlete)

It's an embarrassment that we don't have a broad enough consensus among political leaders that true reform should take place. I could count the members of Congress on one hand that took these issues seriously.

-- DeForest Soaries (American Politician)

I couldn't say no to jobs and I couldn't say no to drugs. I'd get high from a movie, I'd be somebody else because I didn't particularly like me, so long as I had a script in my hand, I was okay. As soon as the movie was over, I didn't know what to do.

-- Brion James (American Actor)

It is well with me only when I have a chisel in my hand.

-- Michelangelo (Italian Artist)

I was shortly again at the castle, and the Princess gave me her hand to kiss and then brought her children, the young princes and princesses, and we played together, as if we had known each other for years.

-- Max Muller (German Educator)

Jews have had to carry around their own sense of self in a carpet bag and I think perhaps too much emphasis might be being put on nationality and on the other hand patriotism, that sort of thing.

-- Janet Suzman (South African Actress)

Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel.

-- Leonardo da Vinci (Italian Artist)

I got attention by being funny at school, pretending to be retarded, and jumping around with a deformed hand.

-- Leonardo DiCaprio ( Actor)

When I came from horizontal vertical straight all old stuff then suddenly I go also again in curved lines. And there I submit to changes in the intensity of my hand leading a tool, you see.

-- Josef Albers (German Artist)

A tool is usually more simple than a machine; it is generally used with the hand, whilst a machine is frequently moved by animal or steam power.

-- Charles Babbage (English Mathematician)

On the one hand, shopping is dependable: You can do it alone, if you lose your heart to something that is wrong for you, you can return it; it's instant gratification and yet something you buy may well last for years.

-- Judith Krantz (American Novelist)

It was more fun trying to figure out I Want To Hold Your Hand than to take lessons. By this time I knew basic chords.

-- Tommy Shaw (American Musician)

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)

Human language... prevents us from sticking to the matter at hand.

-- Lewis Thomas (English Scientist)

In true education, anything that comes to our hand is as good as a book: the prank of a page- boy, the blunder of a servant, a bit of table talk - they are all part of the curriculum.

-- Michel de Montaigne (French Philosopher)

That's the trouble with directors. Always biting the hand that lays the golden egg.

-- Samuel Goldwyn (American Producer)


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