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hand

noun (n)

  • the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb (noun.body)
    Synonym: manus, mitt, paw
    Example:
    He had the hands of a surgeon.
    source: wordnet30
  • a hired laborer on a farm or ranch (noun.person)
    Example:
    The hired hand fixed the railing.
    A ranch hand.
    source: wordnet30
  • something written by hand (noun.communication)
    Synonym: handwriting, script
    Example:
    She recognized his handwriting.
    His hand was illegible.
    source: wordnet30
  • ability (noun.cognition)
    Example:
    He wanted to try his hand at singing.
    source: wordnet30
  • a position given by its location to the side of an object (noun.location)
    Example:
    Objections were voiced on every hand.
    source: wordnet30
  • the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time (noun.group)
    Synonym: deal
    Example:
    I didn't hold a good hand all evening.
    He kept trying to see my hand.
    source: wordnet30
  • one of two sides of an issue (noun.cognition)
    Example:
    On the one hand..., but on the other hand....
    source: wordnet30
  • a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece (noun.artifact)
    Example:
    The big hand counts the minutes.
    source: wordnet30
  • a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses (noun.quantity)
    Example:
    The horse stood 20 hands.
    source: wordnet30
  • a member of the crew of a ship (noun.person)
    Example:
    All hands on deck.
    source: wordnet30
  • a card player in a game of bridge (noun.person)
    Synonym: bridge player
    Example:
    We need a 4th hand for bridge.
    source: wordnet30
  • a round of applause to signify approval (noun.communication)
    Example:
    Give the little lady a great big hand.
    source: wordnet30
  • terminal part of the forelimb in certain vertebrates (e.g. apes or kangaroos) (noun.animal)
    Example:
    The kangaroo's forearms seem undeveloped but the powerful five-fingered hands are skilled at feinting and clouting.
    source: wordnet30
  • physical assistance (noun.act)
    Synonym: helping hand
    Example:
    Give me a hand with the chores.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • 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. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • place into the hands or custody of (verb.possession)
    Example:
    Hand me the spoon, please.
    source: wordnet30
  • guide or conduct or usher somewhere (verb.motion)
    Example:
    Hand the elderly lady into the taxi.
    source: wordnet30
  • To give, pass, or transmit with the hand; as, he handed them the letter. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To coöperate. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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