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  1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in a human, and the corresponding part in many other animals; manus; paw. See manus.
  2. That which resembles, or to some extent performs the office of, a human hand; as,
(a) A limb of certain animals, as the foot of a hawk, or any one of the four extremities of a monkey.
(b) An index or pointer on a dial; such as the hour or minute of a clock
  1. In long measure, two different lengths:
    • (obsolete) Three inches, not to be confused with; and,
    • Four inches, a hand"s breadth, used in measuring the height of horses.
      1. A side; part, camp; direction, either right or left.
    • On this and that , were hangings. " Exodus 38:15
    • The Protestants were then on the winning " Milton
      1. Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill; dexterity.
    • He had a great mind to try his at a Spectator. " Addison
      1. (archaic) Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance.
    • To change the in carrying on the war. " Clarendon
    • Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by my . " Judges 6:36
      1. An agent; a servant, or manual laborer, especialy in compounds; a workman, trained or competent for special service or duty; a performer more or less skillful; as,
      an old at speaking.
    • A dictionary containing a natural history requires too many hands, as well as too much time, ever to be hoped for. " Locke
    • I was always reckoned a lively at a simile. " Hazlitt
      1. Handwriting; style of penmanship; as,
      A good, bad or running . Hence, a signature.
    • I say she never did invent this letter; This is a man"s invention and his " Shakespeare, As You Like It, IV-iii
    • Some writs require a judge"s " Burril
    • 1883, w:Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Louis Stevenson, w:Treasure Island, Treasure Island
    • : I found written on the other side, in a very good, clear , this short message...
      1. Personal possession; ownership; hence, control; direction; management; " usually in the plural.
    • Receiving in one year"s tribute. " Knolles
    • Milton, Albinus
    • : ...found means to keep in his hands the government of Britain.
      1. That which is, or may be, held in a hand at once; as
      (a) (Card Playing): The set of cards held by a player.
      (b) (Tobacco Manufacturing): A bundle of tobacco leaves tied together.
      1. applause, Applause.
      Give him a .
      1. Agency in transmission from one person to another; as,
      to buy at first , that is, from the producer, or when new; at second , that is, when no longer in the producer"s hand, or when not new.
      1. (obsolete) Rate; price.
    • Business is bought at a dear , where there is small dispatch. " Bacon
      1. Each of the pointers on the face of an analog clock, which are used to indicate the time of day.
      2. (context, firearms) The small part of a gunstock near the lock, which is grasped by the hand in taking aim.
      3. The collective noun for a bunch of bananas.
  1. (transitive) To give, pass, or transmit with the hand; as
he handed them the letter.
  1. (transitive) To lead, guide, or assist with the hand; to conduct
to a lady into a carriage.
  1. (transitive) (obsolete) To manage; as, I my oar. " Prior
  2. (transitive) (obsolete) To seize; to lay hands on. " Shakespeare
  3. (transitive) (rare) To pledge by the hand; to handfast.
  4. (transitive) (nautical) To furl; " said of a sail. " Totten
  5. (intransitive) (obsolete) To cooperate. " Massinger
Etymology: hand. Cognate with Dutch hand, German Hand, Swedish hand.

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