- the blade of an oar.
- the inner face of an anchor fluke.
- (loosely) an anchor fluke.
verb (used with object)
Origin of palm1
Origin of palm2
Related Words for palmcitation, prize, gold, cup, keepsake, crown, souvenir, decoration, medal, memento, wreath, grip, fist, purloin, filch, swipe, stow, stash, handle, lick
Examples from the Web for palm
Contemporary Examples of palm
After tightening her collar, Stella assumed slave posture: on her knees, legs slightly spread, palm resting face-up on her thighs.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
These villages used to harvest rubber, cacao, palm oil, and coffee beans.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
On the day of the AFI dinner, Hitchcock receives a wire from Frank Capra, who is in Palm Springs.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
In our digital world, all the accumulated knowledge of human history is available in the palm of our hands.The Facts About Ferguson Matter, Dammit
December 3, 2014
About 9:30 p.m. on Palm Sunday in 1965, a tornado struck Toledo, Ohio.Heed the Warnings: Why We’re on the Brink of Mass Extinction
Sean B. Carroll
November 30, 2014
Historical Examples of palm
He smote his palm with his clenched fist and strode about the little room.Viviette
William J. Locke
He had been shot in the most painful place in the body—the palm of the hand.Way of the Lawless
Linda laid her palm on the top of the sand heap and pressed it flat.Her Father's Daughter
"Then give me mine," cries the critic, stretching out his palm.Main Street
But here, on the palm of my hand, stands a wonder that outdoes them all!Tanglewood Tales
- the side of the blade of an oar that faces away from the direction of a boat's movement during a stroke
- the face of the fluke of an anchor
Word Origin for palm
Word Origin for palm
"flat of the hand," c.1300, from Old French palme (Modern French paume), from Latin palma "palm of the hand," also "flat end of an oar; palm tree," from PIE *pel- "to spread out; flat" (cf. Greek palame "open hand," Old Irish lam, Welsh llaw, Old English folm, Old High German folma "hand," Sanskrit panih "hand, hoof"). Palm oil is earlier in the punning sense of "bribe" (1620s) than in the literal sense of "oil from the fruit of the West African palm" (1705, from palm (n.2)).
tropical tree, Old English palma, Old French palme, both from Latin palma "palm tree," originally "palm of the hand;" the tree so called from the shape of its leaves, like fingers of a hand (see palm (n.1)).
The word traveled early to northern Europe, where the tree does not grow, via Christianity, and took root in the local languages (e.g. Old Saxon palma, Old High German palma, Old Norse palmr). Palm Sunday is Old English palm-sunnandæg.
In ancient times, a leaf or frond was carried or worn as a symbol of victory or triumph, or on feast days; hence figurative use of palm for "victory, triumph" (late 14c.). Palm court "large room in a hotel, etc., usually decorated with potted palms" first recorded 1908.
"impose (something) on (someone)," 1670s, from palm (n.1). Extended form palm off is from 1822.
In addition to the idiom beginning with palm
- palm off
- cross someone's palm
- grease someone's palm
- itchy palm