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right-handed

[rahyt-han-did]
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adjective
  1. having the right hand or arm more serviceable than the left; using the right hand by preference: a right-handed painter.
  2. adapted to or performed by the right hand: a right-handed lever; right-handed penmanship.
  3. Machinery.
    1. rotating clockwise.
    2. noting a helical, or spiral, member, as a gear tooth or screw thread, that twists clockwise as it recedes from an observer.
  4. Building Trades. right-hand(def 5).
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adverb Also right-hand·ed·ly.
  1. in a right-handed manner or fashion: The door opens right-handed.
  2. with the right hand: She writes right-handed.
  3. toward the right hand or in a clockwise direction: The strands of the rope are laid right-handed.
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Origin of right-handed

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
Related formsright-hand·ed·ness, noun
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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for right-handed

Historical Examples

  • It is just possible the cut was made with the left hand, but then the deceased was right-handed.

    The Big Bow Mystery

    I. Zangwill

  • By a Juryman: I do not say the cuts could not have been made by a right-handed person.

  • Most grizzlies are right-handed; that is, the right fore paw is most used.

    The Grizzly

    Enos A. Mills

  • This has made us right-handed; it has also made us right-eyed.

    Natural Wonders

    Edwin Tenney Brewster

  • They were called, respectively, right-handed and left-handed crystals.

    Louis Pasteur

    Ren Vallery-Radot


British Dictionary definitions for right-handed

right-handed

adjective
  1. using the right hand with greater skill or ease than the left
  2. performed with the right handright-handed writing
  3. made for use by the right hand
  4. worn on the right hand
  5. turning from left to right; clockwise
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Derived Formsright-handedly, adverbright-handedness, noun
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right-handed in Medicine

right-handed

adj.
  1. Using the right hand more skillfully or easily than the left.
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