- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill; dexterity.
- He had a great mind to try his at a Spectator. " Addison
- (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
- 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
- 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...
- 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.
- 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.
- applause, Applause.
- Give him a .
- 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.
- (obsolete) Rate; price.
- Business is bought at a dear , where there is small dispatch. " Bacon
- Each of the pointers on the face of an analog clock, which are used to indicate the time of day.
- (context, firearms) The small part of a gunstock near the lock, which is grasped by the hand in taking aim.
- The collective noun for a bunch of bananas.
- (transitive) To give, pass, or transmit with the hand; as
Etymology: hand. Cognate with Dutch hand, German Hand, Swedish hand.
- he handed them the letter.
- (transitive) To lead, guide, or assist with the hand; to conduct
- to a lady into a carriage.
- (transitive) (obsolete) To manage; as, I my oar. " Prior
- (transitive) (obsolete) To seize; to lay hands on. " Shakespeare
- (transitive) (rare) To pledge by the hand; to handfast.
- (transitive) (nautical) To furl; " said of a sail. " Totten
- (intransitive) (obsolete) To cooperate. " Massinger
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