the part of the inner surface of the hand that extends from the wrist to the bases of the fingers.
the corresponding part of the forefoot of an animal.
the part of a glove covering this part of the hand.
Also called sailmaker's palm . a stiff rawhide or metal shield worn over this part of the hand by sailmakers to serve as a thimble.
a linear measure of from 3 to 4 inches (7.5 to 10 centimeters), based on the breadth of the hand.
a linear measure of from 7 to 10 inches (17.5 to 25 centimeters), based on the length of the hand.
the flat, expanded part of the horn or antler of a deer.
a flat, widened part at the end of an armlike projection.
the blade of an oar.
the inner face of an anchor fluke.
(loosely) an anchor fluke.
a flat-topped bearing member at the head of a stanchion.
to conceal in the palm, as in cheating at cards or dice or in juggling.
to pick up stealthily.
to hold in the hand.
to impose (something) fraudulently (usually followed by on or upon): to palm stolen jewels on someone.
to touch or stroke with the palm or hand.
to shake hands with.
Basketball. to grip (the ball) momentarily with the hand in the act of dribbling.
palm off, to dispose of by deception, trickery, or fraud; substitute (something) with intent to deceive: Someone had palmed off a forgery on the museum officials.
Idioms about palm
grease someone's palm, to bribe: Before any work could begin, it was necessary to grease the superintendent's palm.: Also cross someone's palm .
Other definitions for palm (2 of 2)
any of numerous plants of the family Palmae, most species being tall, unbranched trees surmounted by a crown of large pinnate or palmately cleft leaves.: Compare palm family.
any of various other trees or shrubs that resemble this.
a leaf or branch of such a tree, especially as formerly borne to signify victory or as used on festive occasions.
a representation of such a leaf or branch, as on a military or other decoration of honor, usually indicating a second award of the decoration.
the reward of honor due to a victor: In oratory she yields the palm to no one.
victory; triumph; success: He carried off the palm by sheer perseverance.
- palmlike, adjective
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How to use palm in a sentence
I lay there for a while with my eyes shut, palms up and ankles open, but it was tough to sleep.
To this, Clinton, seated on stage, merely turned up her palms and shrugged.
Our bad guy is Weather Wizard (not a joke), who not only looks like Kurt Cobain but can use his palms to conjure angry storms.‘The Flash’ Review: Teen Angst Gets a Comic Book Quickie | Sujay Kumar | October 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A few hundred meters upriver, you see groves of date palms swaying as if underwater.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq | Nathan Bradley Bethea | August 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They have been fighting back, putting pressure on conglomerates like Cargill to harvest oil palms sustainably.Our Taste for Cheap Palm Oil Is Killing Chimpanzees | Carrie Arnold | July 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The crests of three tall palms immediately below him waved slightly in the rising wind.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
The intense heat penetrated the leather palms of his black gauntlets.
Jessie crept away and hid herself discreetly behind one of the big palms in the hall.The Weight of the Crown | Fred M. White
Two days later Ollie Dangerfield was laid away under the palms and umbrella-trees in the Phœnix cemetery.Motor Matt's "Century" Run | Stanley R. Matthews
Beneath the balcony was an arcade where many seats were disposed among palms and pampas grass.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for palm (1 of 2)
the inner part of the hand from the wrist to the base of the fingers: Related adjectives: thenar, volar
a corresponding part in animals, esp apes and monkeys
a linear measure based on the breadth or length of a hand, equal to three to four inches or seven to ten inches respectively
the part of a glove that covers the palm
a hard leather shield worn by sailmakers to protect the palm of the hand
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
a flattened or expanded part of the antlers of certain deer
in the palm of one's hand at one's mercy or command
to conceal in or about the hand, as in sleight-of-hand tricks
to touch or soothe with the palm of the hand
- See also palm off
British Dictionary definitions for palm (2 of 2)
any treelike plant of the tropical and subtropical monocotyledonous family Arecaceae (formerly Palmae or Palmaceae), usually having a straight unbranched trunk crowned with large pinnate or palmate leaves
a leaf or branch of any of these trees, a symbol of victory, success, etc
merit or victory
an emblem or insignia representing a leaf or branch worn on certain military decorations
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with palm
In addition to the idiom beginning with palm
- palm off
- cross someone's palm
- grease someone's palm
- itchy palm
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