the terminal, prehensile part of the upper limb in humans and other primates, consisting of the wrist, metacarpal area, fingers, and thumb.
the terminal part of the forelimb in any of the higher vertebrates.
a terminal prehensile part, as the chela of a crustacean, or, in falconry, the foot of a falcon.
something resembling a hand in shape or function, as various types of pointers: the hands of a clock.
Printing. index (def. 8).
a person who performs or is capable of performing a specific work, skill, or action: She's a real hand at geometry.
a person, with reference to ability or skill: He was a poor hand at running a business.
a member of a ship's crew: The ship had an able skipper and eight good hands.
Often hands . possession or power; control, custody, or care: It's a great responsibility to have someone's fate in your hands.
a position, especially one of control, used for bargaining, negotiating, etc.: We must take action to strengthen our hand.
style of handwriting; penmanship: She wrote in a beautiful hand.
a person's signature: to set one's hand to a document.
a round or outburst of applause for a performer: Let's all give a hand to the star of the show!
a promise or pledge, as of marriage: He asked for her hand in marriage.
a linear measure equal to 4 inches (10.2 centimeters), used especially in determining the height of horses.
the cards dealt to or held by each player at one time.
the person holding the cards.
a single part of a game, in which all the cards dealt at one time are played.
Roman Law. manus (def. 2).
hands, Manège. skill at manipulating the reins of a horse: To ride well, one must have good hands.
a bunch, cluster, or bundle of various leaves, fruit, etc., as a bundle of tobacco leaves tied together or a cluster of bananas.
Machinery. the deviation of a thread or tooth from the axial direction of a screw or gear, as seen from one end looking away toward the other.
the position of the hinges of a door, in terms of right and left, as seen from outside the building, room, closet, etc., to which the doorway leads.
the position of the hinges of a casement sash, in terms of right and left, from inside the window.
Also called handle . the fabric properties that can be sensed by touching the material, as resilience, smoothness, or body: the smooth hand of satin.
Archaic. a person considered as a source, as of information or of supply.
to deliver or pass with or as if with the hand.
to help, assist, guide, etc., with the hand: He handed the elderly woman across the street.
to take in or furl (a sail).
to haul on or otherwise handle.
of, belonging to, using, or used by the hand.
made by hand.
carried in or worn on the hand.
operated by hand; manual: a hand brake.
to deliver (the decision of a court): The jury handed down a verdict of guilty.
to transmit from one to another, especially to bequeath to posterity: The ring had been handed down from her grandmother.
hand in, to submit; present for acceptance: She handed in her term paper after the deadline.He handed his resignation in yesterday.
hand off, Football. to hand the ball to a member of one's team in the course of a play.
hand on, to transmit; pass on to a successor, posterity, etc.: The silver service was handed on to the eldest daughter of the family.
hand out, to give or distribute; pass out: People were handing out leaflets on every corner.
to deliver into the custody of another: Hand your wallet over now!
to surrender control of: He handed over his business to his children.
Idioms about hand
within reach; nearby; close by.
near in time; soon.
ready for use: We keep a supply of canned goods at hand.
at second hand, second hand (def. 3).
at the hand / hands of, by the action of; through the agency of: They suffered at the hands of their stepfather.
by hand, by using the hands, as opposed to machines; manually: lace made by hand.
change hands, to pass from one owner to another; change possession: The property has changed hands several times in recent years.
come to hand,
to come within one's reach or notice: He was moved to tears when his father's old journal came to hand.
to be received; arrive: The spring stock came to hand last week.
eat out of one's hand, to be totally submissive to another; be very attentive or servile: That spoiled brat has her parents eating out of her hand.
force one's hand, to prompt a person to take immediate action or to reveal their intentions: The criticism forced the governor's hand so that he had to declare his support of the tax bill.
from hand to hand, from one person to another; through successive ownership or possession: The legendary jewel went from hand to hand.
from hand to mouth, improvidently; precariously; with nothing in reserve: They looked forward to a time when they would no longer have to live from hand to mouth.
give one's hand on / upon, to give one's word; seal a bargain by or as if by shaking hands: He said the goods would be delivered within a month and gave them his hand on it.
hand and foot,
so as to hinder movement: They tied him hand and foot.
slavishly and continually: Cinderella had to wait on her stepsisters hand and foot.
hand and glove, very intimately associated: Several high-ranking diplomats were found to be hand and glove with enemy agents.: Also hand in glove .
hand in hand,
with one's hand enclasped in that of another person.
closely associated; concurrently; conjointly: Doctors and nurses work hand in hand to save lives.
hand in one's checks, Chiefly British. cash1 (def. 7).
hand it to, Informal. to give just credit to; pay respect to: You have to hand it to her for getting the work out.
hand over fist, speedily; increasingly: He owns a chain of restaurants and makes money hand over fist.
effortlessly; easily: He won the championship hands down.
indisputably; incontestably: It was hands down the best race I've ever seen.
hands off! don't touch, strike, or interfere! keep away from!: Hands off my laptop!
hands up! hold your hands above your head! give up!
hand to hand, in direct combat; at close quarters: The troops fought hand to hand.
have a hand in, to have a share in; participate in: It is impossible that she could have had a hand in this notorious crime.
have one's hands full, to have a large or excessive amount of work to handle; be constantly busy: The personnel department has its hands full trying to process the growing number of applications.
hold hands, to join hands with another person as a token of affection: They have been seen holding hands in public.
under control: He kept the situation well in hand.
in one's possession: cash in hand.
in the process of consideration or settlement: regarding the matter in hand.
join hands, to unite in a common cause; combine: The democracies must join hands in order to survive.
keep one's hand in, to continue to practice: He turned the business over to his sons, but he keeps his hand in it.I just play enough golf to keep my hand in.
lay one's hands on,
to seize, especially in order to punish: He wanted to lay his hands on the person who had backed into his car.
to impose the hands in a ceremonial fashion, as in ordination: The bishop laid hands on the candidates.
lend / give a hand, to lend assistance; help out: Lend a hand and we'll finish the job in no time.
lift a hand, to exert any effort: She wouldn't lift a hand to help anyone.: Also lift a finger .
off one's hands,
out of one's charge or care: Now, with their children grown and off their hands, they will be free to travel.
successfully completed; finished: The lawyer planned a vacation as soon as the case was off his hands.
on all hands, : Also on every hand .
by everyone; universally: It was decided on all hands to take an excursion.
on every side; all around: piercing glances on all hands.
on the other hand, from another side or aspect; conversely: It was an unfortunate experience, but, on the other hand, one can learn from one's mistakes.
on / upon one's hands, under one's care or management; as one's responsibility: He was left with a large surplus on his hands.
out of hand,
beyond control: to let one's temper get out of hand.
without delay; at once: The crisis obliged him to act out of hand.
no longer in process; finished: The case has been out of hand for some time.
without consideration or deliberation: to reject a proposal out of hand.
shake hands, to clasp another's hand in greeting, congratulation, or agreement: They shook hands on the proposed partnership.
show one's hand, to disclose or display one's true intentions or motives: The impending revolution forced him to show his hand.
sit on one's hands,
to be unenthusiastic or unappreciative; fail to applaud: It was a lively show, but the audience sat on its hands.
to take no action; be passive or hesitant: While he was being beaten, the others sat on their hands.
take a hand in, to take part in; participate in: If the strike continues, the government will have to take a hand in the negotiations.
take in hand,
to undertake responsibility for; assume charge: When both parents died, an uncle took the youngster in hand.
to deal with; treat of: We'll take the matter in hand at the next meeting.
throw up one's hands, to admit one's inadequacy, exasperation, or failure; despair: When the general received reports of an enemy build-up, he threw up his hands.
tie one's hands, to render one powerless to act; thwart: The provisions of the will tied his hands.: Also have one's hands tied .
tip one's hand, to reveal one's plans or intentions before the propitious time.
within reach; accessible or nearby.
into one's possession: A search of the attic brought some valuable antiques to hand.
try one's hand (at), to test one's skill or aptitude for: After becoming a successful painter, he decided to try his hand at sculpture.
turn / put one's hand to, to set to work at; busy oneself with: He turned his hand successfully to gardening.
wash one's hands of, to disclaim any further responsibility for; renounce interest in or support of: I washed my hands of the entire affair.
with a heavy hand,
with severity; oppressively: The law will punish offenders with a heavy hand.
in a clumsy manner; awkwardly; gracelessly: The play was directed with a heavy hand.
with a high hand, in an arrogant or dictatorial manner; arbitrarily: He ran the organization with a high hand.
- hand·like, adjective
Other definitions for Hand (2 of 2)
Lear·ned [lur-nid], /ˈlɜr nɪd/, 1872–1961, U.S. jurist.
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How to use hand in a sentence
The ball was in hands seemingly more than normal, so I went back and looked at the numbers.Bam Adebayo Is Making Plays, Denver Is Making Us Look Bad, And The Lakers May Need To Make Some Adjustments | Chris Herring (firstname.lastname@example.org) | September 17, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
What they passed in May doesn’t put money in their constituents’ hands.Why House Democrats have good reason to be anxious about no coronavirus relief deal | Amber Phillips | September 17, 2020 | Washington Post
The exec will have her hands full when she starts at the end of the month.Slack hires former Live Nation exec as new chief people officer | Michal Lev-Ram, writer | September 16, 2020 | Fortune
Meanwhile, if you need quick access to the camera from the lock screen you can just swipe from right to left across the display—you don’t have to use the camera icon in the lower right-hand corner.Get around your phone more quickly than you already are | David Nield | September 16, 2020 | Popular-Science
Taking that knowledge, the Pro Shop marketplace is currently stocked with 4,500 products ranging from hats to golf bags, DeChiaro said, all of which were hand selected by the edit team from a catalogue put together by Global Value Commerce’s buyers.‘One endless loop’: How Golf is using its new retail marketplace as a first-party data play | Kayleigh Barber | September 16, 2020 | Digiday
Eating disorders, on the other hand, are driven largely by biological processes that occur on the inside.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models | Carrie Arnold | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
“After the New York mentality, it is the ultimate contrast to see people making things by hand,” he said.
Thankfully, his assistant knows these roads like the back of his hand.
The collection includes kimono capes and hand woven jump overalls.
Prices are relatively inexpensive and come in at around 135 euros for a shirt or 35 euros for hand woven boxers.
After relievedly giving the pistol to the nearest soldier, he stumbled quickly over to Brion and took his hand.Sense of Obligation | Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
She is quite true, but not wise, and your left hand must not know what your right hand is doing.Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
The aged woman made no reply; her eyes still studied Ramona's face, and she still held her hand.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
He came to the top of the stairs with a lamp in his hand, and wanted to know what the rumpus was about.The Bondboy | George W. (George Washington) Ogden
She was holding the back of her chair with one hand; her loose sleeve had slipped almost to the shoulder of her uplifted arm.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
British Dictionary definitions for hand (1 of 2)
the prehensile part of the body at the end of the arm, consisting of a thumb, four fingers, and a palm
the bones of this part: Related adjective: manual
the corresponding or similar part in animals
something resembling this in shape or function
the cards dealt to one or all players in one round of a card game
a player holding such cards
one round of a card game
agency or influence: the hand of God
a part in something done: he had a hand in the victory
assistance: to give someone a hand with his work
a pointer on a dial, indicator, or gauge, esp on a clock: the minute hand
acceptance or pledge of partnership, as in marriage: he asked for her hand; he gave me his hand on the merger
a position or direction indicated by its location to the side of an object or the observer: on the right hand; on every hand
a contrastive aspect, condition, etc (in the phrases on the one hand, on the other hand)
(preceded by an ordinal number) source or origin: a story heard at third hand
a person, esp one who creates something: a good hand at painting
a labourer or manual worker: we've just taken on a new hand at the farm
a member of a ship's crew: all hands on deck
printing another name for index (def. 9)
a person's handwriting: the letter was in his own hand
a round of applause: give him a hand
ability or skill: a hand for woodwork
a manner or characteristic way of doing something: the hand of a master
a unit of length measurement equalling four inches, used for measuring the height of horses, usually from the front hoof to the withers
a cluster or bundle, esp of bananas
a shoulder of pork
one of the two possible mirror-image forms of an asymmetric object, such as the direction of the helix in a screw thread
a free hand freedom to do as desired
a hand's turn (usually used with a negative) a small amount of work: he hasn't done a hand's turn
a heavy hand tyranny, persecution, or oppression: he ruled with a heavy hand
a high hand an oppressive or dictatorial manner
at hand or near at hand very near or close, esp in time
at someone's hand or at someone's hands from: the acts of kindness received at their hands
by manual rather than mechanical means
by messenger or personally: the letter was delivered by hand
come to hand to become available; be received
force someone's hand to force someone to act
from hand to hand from one person to another
from hand to mouth
in poverty: living from hand to mouth
without preparation or planning
hand and foot in all ways possible; completely: they waited on him hand and foot
hand in glove in an intimate relationship or close association
hand in hand
clasping each other's hands
hand over fist steadily and quickly; with rapid progress: he makes money hand over fist
hold one's hand to stop or postpone a planned action or punishment
hold someone's hand to support, help, or guide someone, esp by giving sympathy or moral support
receiving attention or being acted on
available for use; in reserve
with deferred payment: he works a week in hand
keep one's hand in to continue or practise
lend a hand to help
on hand close by; present: I'll be on hand to help you
out of hand
without reservation or deeper examination: he condemned him out of hand
set one's hand to
to sign (a document)
to start (a task or undertaking)
show one's hand to reveal one's stand, opinion, or plans
take in hand to discipline; control
throw one's hand in See throw in (def. 3)
to hand accessible
try one's hand to attempt to do something
of or involving the hand: a hand grenade
made to be carried in or worn on the hand: hand luggage
operated by hand: a hand drill
(in combination) made by hand rather than by a machine: hand-sewn
to transmit or offer by the hand or hands
to help or lead with the hand
nautical to furl (a sail)
hand it to someone to give credit to someone
- handless, adjective
- handlike, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for HAND (2 of 2)
have a nice day
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Other Idioms and Phrases with hand
In addition to the idioms beginning with hand
- hand and foot
- hand down
- hand in glove
- hand in hand
- hand in the till, with one's
- hand it to
- handle to one's name
- handle with gloves
- hand on
- hand out
- hand over
- hand over fist
- hand over hand
- hands are tied
- hands down
- hands off
- hands up
- hand to hand
- hand to mouth, from
- hand to on a silver platter
- at first hand
- at hand
- at second hand
- at the hand of
- back of one's hand
- bare hands
- bird in the hand
- bite the hand that feeds you
- bound hand and foot
- by hand
- catch red-handed
- change hands
- clean hands
- cold hands, warm heart
- deal in (one a hand)
- dirty one's hands
- eat out of someone's hand
- feed (hand) someone a line
- force someone's hand
- free hand
- from hand to hand
- give a hand
- glad hand
- grease someone's palm (hand)
- hang heavy on one's hands
- hat in hand
- have a hand in
- have one's hands full
- heavy hand
- helping hand
- in good hands
- in hand
- in one's hands
- in the hands of
- iron hand
- keep one's hand in
- know like a book (the back of one's hand)
- lay hands on
- left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing
- left-handed compliment
- lend a hand
- many hands make light work
- off one's hands
- on a platter, hand
- on hand
- on one's hands
- on the one hand
- on the other hand
- out of control (hand)
- out of hand
- play into the hands of
- putty in someone's hands
- raise a hand against
- right-hand man
- rub one's hands
- shake hands
- show of hands
- show one's hand
- sit on one's hands
- sleight of hand
- take in hand
- take into one's hands
- take one's life (in one's hands)
- take the law into one's hands
- throw in one's hand
- throw up one's hands
- tie one's hands
- time on one's hands
- tip one's hand
- to hand
- try one's hand
- turn one's hand to
- upper hand
- wait on hand and foot
- wash one's hands of
- with one arm (hand) tied
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