Definitions for: Palm

[n] the inner surface of the hand from the wrist to the base of the fingers
[n] an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event
[n] any plant of the family Palmae having an unbranched trunk crowned by large pinnate or palmate leaves
[n] a linear unit based on the length or width of the human hand
[v] touch, lift, or hold with the hands

Webster (1913) Definition: Palm, v. t.
To ``grease the palm'' of; to bribe or tip. [Slang]

Palm, n. [OE. paume, F. paume, L. palma, Gr. ?, akin to
Skr. p[=a]ni hand, and E. fumble. See Fumble, Feel, and
cf. 2d Palm.]
1. (Anat.) The inner and somewhat concave part of the hand
between the bases of the fingers and the wrist.

Clench'd her fingers till they bit the palm.

2. A lineal measure equal either to the breadth of the hand
or to its length from the wrist to the ends of the
fingers; a hand; -- used in measuring a horse's height.

Note: In Greece, the palm was reckoned at three inches. The
Romans adopted two measures of this name, the lesser
palm of 2.91 inches, and the greater palm of 8.73
inches. At the present day, this measure varies in the
most arbitrary manner, being different in each country,
and occasionally varying in the same. --Internat. Cyc.

3. (Sailmaking) A metallic disk, attached to a strap, and
worn the palm of the hand, -- used to push the needle
through the canvas, in sewing sails, etc.

4. (Zo["o]l.) The broad flattened part of an antler, as of a
full-grown fallow deer; -- so called as resembling the
palm of the hand with its protruding fingers.

5. (Naut.) The flat inner face of an anchor fluke.

Palm, n. [AS. palm, L. palma; -- so named fr. the leaf
resembling a hand. See lst Palm, and cf. Pam.]
1. (Bot.) Any endogenous tree of the order Palm[ae] or
Palmace[ae]; a palm tree.

Note: Palms are perennial woody plants, often of majestic
size. The trunk is usually erect and rarely branched,
and has a roughened exterior composed of the persistent
bases of the leaf stalks. The leaves are borne in a
terminal crown, and are supported on stout, sheathing,
often prickly, petioles. They are usually of great
size, and are either pinnately or palmately many-cleft.
There are about one thousand species known, nearly all
of them growing in tropical or semitropical regions.
The wood, petioles, leaves, sap, and fruit of many
species are invaluable in the arts and in domestic
economy. Among the best known are the date palm, the
cocoa palm, the fan palm, the oil palm, the wax palm,
the palmyra, and the various kinds called cabbage palm
and palmetto.

2. A branch or leaf of the palm, anciently borne or worn as a
symbol of victory or rejoicing.

A great multitude . . . stood before the throne, and
before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palme
in their hands. --Rev. vii. 9.

3. Hence: Any symbol or token of superiority, success, or
triumph; also, victory; triumph; supremacy. ``The palm of
martyrdom.'' --Chaucer.

So get the start of the majestic world And bear the
palm alone. --Shak.

Molucca palm (Bot.), a labiate herb from Asia ({Molucella
l[ae]vis}), having a curious cup-shaped calyx.

Palm cabbage, the terminal bud of a cabbage palm, used as

Palm cat (Zo["o]l.), the common paradoxure.

Palm crab (Zo["o]l.), the purse crab.

Palm oil, a vegetable oil, obtained from the fruit of
several species of palms, as the African oil palm
(El[ae]is Guineensis), and used in the manufacture of
soap and candles. See El[ae]is.

Palm swift (Zo["o]l.), a small swift ({Cypselus
Batassiensis}) which frequents the palmyra and cocoanut
palms in India. Its peculiar nest is attached to the leaf
of the palmyra palm.

Palm toddy. Same as Palm wine.

Palm weevil (Zo["o]l.), any one of mumerous species of very
large weevils of the genus Rhynchophorus. The larv[ae]
bore into palm trees, and are called palm borers, and
grugru worms. They are considered excellent food.

Palm wine, the sap of several species of palms, especially,
in India, of the wild date palm (Ph[oe]nix sylvestrix),
the palmyra, and the Caryota urens. When fermented it
yields by distillation arrack, and by evaporation jaggery.
Called also palm toddy.

Palm worm, or Palmworm. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) The larva of a palm weevil.
(b) A centipede.

Palm, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Palmed; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To handle. [Obs.] --Prior.

2. To manipulate with, or conceal in, the palm of the hand;
to juggle.

They palmed the trick that lost the game. --Prior.

3. To impose by fraud, as by sleight of hand; to put by
unfair means; -- usually with off.

For you may palm upon us new for old. --Dryden.

Synonyms: decoration, handle, laurel wreath, medal, medallion, palm tree, ribbon, thenar

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