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Definition of Hand

Hand

  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
  3. A limb of certain animals, as the foot of a hawk, or any one of the four extremities of a monkey.
  4. An index or pointer on a dial; as, the hour or minute hand of a clock.
  5. A measure equal to a hand's breadth, -- four inches; a palm. Chiefly used in measuring the height of horses.
  6. Side; part; direction, either right or left.
  7. Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill; dexterity.
  8. Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance.
  9. 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.
  10. Handwriting; style of penmanship; as, a good, bad or running hand. Hence, a signature.
  11. Personal possession; ownership; hence, control; direction; management; -- usually in the plural.
  12. 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.
  13. Rate; price.
  14. That which is, or may be, held in a hand at once
  15. The quota of cards received from the dealer.
  16. A bundle of tobacco leaves tied together.
  17. The small part of a gunstock near the lock, which is grasped by the hand in taking aim.
  18. To give, pass, or transmit with the hand; as, he handed them the letter.
  19. To lead, guide, or assist with the hand; to conduct; as, to hand a lady into a carriage.
  20. To manage; as, I hand my oar.
  21. To seize; to lay hands on.
  22. To pledge by the hand; to handfast.
  23. To furl; -- said of a sail.
  24. To cooperate.
  25. 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.
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Hand Translations

hand in Afrikaans is werker, oordra, hand, inlewer
hand in Dutch is aanreiken, overhandigen
hand in French is ouvrier, index, main
hand in German is Hand, Hand, Zeiger
hand in Italian is mano, manuale, lancetta
hand in Latin is manus manus
hand in Spanish is obrero, bastar, entregar, mano
hand in Swedish is hand, visare