- 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.
- 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.
verb (used with object)
- to take in or furl (a sail).
- to haul on or otherwise handle.
- 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.
- to deliver into the custody of another: Hand your wallet over now!
- to surrender control of: He handed over his business to his children.
- within reach; nearby; close by.
- near in time; soon.
- ready for use: We keep a supply of canned goods at 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.
- so as to hinder movement: They tied him hand and foot.
- slavishly and continually: Cinderella had to wait on her stepsisters hand and foot.
- with one's hand enclasped in that of another person.
- closely associated; concurrently; conjointly: Doctors and nurses work hand in hand to save lives.
- effortlessly; easily: He won the championship hands down.
- indisputably; incontestably: It was hands down the best race I've ever seen.
- 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.
- to obtain; acquire: I wish I could lay my hands on a good used piano.
- 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.
- 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.
- by everyone; universally: It was decided on all hands to take an excursion.
- on every side; all around: piercing glances on all hands.
- in one's possession; at one's disposal: cash on hand.
- about to occur; imminent: A change of government may be on hand.
- present: There were not enough members on hand to constitute a quorum.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- within reach; accessible or nearby.
- into one's possession: A search of the attic brought some valuable antiques to 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.
Origin of hand
Examples from the Web for hands
My body used for his hard pleasure; a stone god gripping me in his hands.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
His hands outstretched, shoulders in submission, there was no shouting, no expletives, no aggression at all.
And, with Coca-Cola announcing the launch of a new milk product, the beverage could be back in our hands before we know it.
“They basically said thanks a lot and shook our hands and took off,” Stammberger said.FBI Won’t Stop Blaming North Korea for Sony Hack -- Despite New Evidence|Shane Harris|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“They refused to register a case, saying the matter is out of their hands,” he told me.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sit, with our hands crossed, singing hymns and thinking of our cari sposi in the Plains?Chronicles of Dustypore|Henry Stewart Cunningham
And imagination reeled before their combined contemplation in the hands of these anmic and self-evident amateurs.The Corner of Harley Street|Henry Bashford
"We will go for a walk to-day," said the oblate, rubbing his hands.En Route|J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
They stood so for a moment, hands gripped, eyes pointed steadily into eyes.To Him That Hath|Leroy Scott
My mind is interested all the day; I no longer feel listlessness; the time never hangs heavy upon my hands.The Last Penny and Other Stories|T. S. Arthur
British Dictionary definitions for hands (1 of 4)
- to be completely occupied
- to be beset with problems
- to seize or get possession of
- to beat up; assault
- to findI just can't lay my hands on it anywhere
- Christianity to confirm or ordain by the imposition of hands
- for which one is responsibleI've got too much on my hands to help
- to sparetime on my hands
British Dictionary definitions for hands (2 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for hands (3 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for hands (4 of 4)
- 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 partRelated adjective: manual
- 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
- by manual rather than mechanical means
- by messenger or personallythe letter was delivered by hand
- in povertyliving from hand to mouth
- without preparation or planning
- together; jointly
- clasping each other's hands
- in possession
- under control
- receiving attention or being acted on
- available for use; in reserve
- with deferred paymenthe works a week in hand
- beyond control
- without reservation or deeper examinationhe condemned him out of hand
- to sign (a document)
- to start (a task or undertaking)
- of or involving the handa hand grenade
- made to be carried in or worn on the handhand luggage
- operated by handa hand drill
Word Origin for hand
Medicine definitions for hands
Idioms and Phrases with hands
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