(noun.) physical assistance; 'give me a hand with the chores'.

(noun.) terminal part of the forelimb in certain vertebrates (e.g. apes or kangaroos); 'the kangaroo's forearms seem undeveloped but the powerful five-fingered hands are skilled at feinting and clouting'- Springfield (Mass.) Union.

(noun.) a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece; 'the big hand counts the minutes'.

(noun.) the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb; 'he had the hands of a surgeon'; 'he extended his mitt'.

(noun.) ability; 'he wanted to try his hand at singing'.

(noun.) one of two sides of an issue; 'on the one hand..., but on the other hand...'.

(noun.) a round of applause to signify approval; 'give the little lady a great big hand'.

(noun.) the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time; 'I didn't hold a good hand all evening'; 'he kept trying to see my hand'.

(noun.) a position given by its location to the side of an object; 'objections were voiced on every hand'.

(noun.) a member of the crew of a ship; 'all hands on deck'.

(noun.) a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses; 'the horse stood 20 hands'.

(verb.) guide or conduct or usher somewhere; 'hand the elderly lady into the taxi' .

Edited by Julia--From WordNet


(n.) That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in man and monkeys, and the corresponding part in many other animals; manus; paw. See Manus.

(n.) That which resembles, or to some extent performs the office of, a human hand

(n.) A limb of certain animals, as the foot of a hawk, or any one of the four extremities of a monkey.

(n.) An index or pointer on a dial; as, the hour or minute hand of a clock.

(n.) A measure equal to a hand's breadth, -- four inches; a palm. Chiefly used in measuring the height of horses.

(n.) Side; part; direction, either right or left.

(n.) Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill; dexterity.

(n.) Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance.

(n.) An agent; a servant, or laborer; a workman, trained or competent for special service or duty; a performer more or less skillful; as, a deck hand; a farm hand; an old hand at speaking.

(n.) Handwriting; style of penmanship; as, a good, bad or running hand. Hence, a signature.

(n.) Personal possession; ownership; hence, control; direction; management; -- usually in the plural.

(n.) Agency in transmission from one person to another; as, to buy at first hand, that is, from the producer, or when new; at second hand, that is, when no longer in the producer's hand, or when not new.

(n.) Rate; price.

(n.) That which is, or may be, held in a hand at once

(n.) The quota of cards received from the dealer.

(n.) A bundle of tobacco leaves tied together.

(n.) The small part of a gunstock near the lock, which is grasped by the hand in taking aim.

(v. t.) To give, pass, or transmit with the hand; as, he handed them the letter.

(v. t.) To lead, guide, or assist with the hand; to conduct; as, to hand a lady into a carriage.

(v. t.) To manage; as, I hand my oar.

(v. t.) To seize; to lay hands on.

(v. t.) To pledge by the hand; to handfast.

(v. t.) To furl; -- said of a sail.

(v. i.) To cooperate.

Inputed by Cherie

Synonyms and Synonymous

n. [1]. Palm and fingers, PAW.[2]. Palm, four inches (in estimating the height of a horse), hand-breadth.[3]. Side (right or left).[4]. Skill, ability, talent, faculty, dexterity.[5]. Handiwork, workmanship.[6]. Mode of procedure.[7]. Agency, intervention, participation.[8]. Possession, control, power.[9]. Laborer, workman, operative, EMPLOY?/span>, artisan, artificer, craftsman.[10]. Index, pointer, indicator.[11]. Chirography, handwriting, style of penmanship.

v. a. [1]. Give (with the hand), transmit, present, pass by hand.[2]. Lead, conduct, guide.

Edited by Hamilton

Synonyms and Antonyms

SYN:Laborer, workman, operative, artisan, agency, influence, index


Typist: Nathaniel


n. the extremity of the arm below the wrist: that which does the duty of a hand by pointing as the hand of a clock: the fore-foot of a horse: a measure of four inches: an agent or workman: (pl.) work-people in a factory: performance agency co-operation: power or manner of performing: skill: possession: style of handwriting sign-manual: side: direction: the set of cards held by a single player at whist &c.: a single round at a game.—v.t. to give with the hand: to lead or conduct: (naut.) to furl as sails.—ns. Hand′-bag a bag for small articles carried in the hand; Hand′-ball the sport of throwing and catching a ball; Hand′-barr′ow a barrow without a wheel carried by men: Hand′-bas′ket a small portable basket; Hand′-bell a small bell held by the hand when rung a table-bell; Hand′bill a pruning-hook used in the hand: a bill or loose sheet with some announcement; Hand′book a manual or book of reference: a guide-book for travellers; Hand′breadth the breadth of a hand: a palm; Hand′-cart a small cart drawn by hand.—adj. Hand′ed (Milt.) with hands joined: (Shak.) having a hand of a certain sort.—ns. Hand′er; Hand′fast a firm grip handle: a contract esp. a betrothal.—adj. bound espoused: tight-fisted.—adj. Hand′fasted betrothed.—n. Hand′fasting betrothal: a private or even probationary form of marriage.—adj. Hand′-foot′ed having feet like hands chiropod.—ns. Hand′ful as much as fills the hand: a small number or quantity:—pl. Hand′fuls; Hand′-gall′op an easy gallop in which the speed of the horse is restrained by the bridle-hand; Hand′-glass a glass or small glazed frame used to protect plants: a small mirror; Hand′-grenade′ a grenade to be thrown by the hand; Hand′grip grasp grip close struggle; Hand′icuffs Hand′ycuffs fighting hand to hand.—adj. Hand′less awkward.—ns. Hand-line a fishing-line worked by hand without a rod; Hand′-list a list for easy reference; Hand′-loom a weaver's loom worked by hand as distinguished from a power-loom.—adj. Hand′-made manufactured by hand not by a machine.—ns. Hand′maid Hand′maiden a female servant; Hand′-mill a mill worked by hand for coffee pepper &c. a quern; Hand′-or′gan a portable organ played by means of a crank turned by the hand; Hand′-pā′per a particular make of paper early in use at the Record Office with the water-mark of a hand pointing; Hand′-post a finger-post guide; Hand′-prom′ise a form of betrothal amongst the Irish peasantry; Hand′rail a rail supported by balusters as in staircases to hold by.—adv. phrase Hand′-run′ning straight on continuously.—ns. Hand′-saw a saw manageable by the hand—also the same as Hern′shaw in the proverb 'not to know a hawk from a handsaw;' Hand′-screen a small screen used to protect the face from the heat of the fire or sun; Hand′-screw an appliance for raising heavy weights a jack; Hand′spike a bar used with the hand as a lever.—n.pl. Hand′staves (B.) probably javelins.—ns. Hands′-turn a helping hand aid; Hand′work work done by hand as distinguished from machinery; Hand′writing the style of writing peculiar to each person: writing.—adj. Hand′-wrought made with the hands not by machinery.—Hand and glove (with) on very intimate terms; Hand down to transmit in succession; Hand in hand in union conjointly; Hand of God a term used for unforeseen unpreventable accidents as lightning tempest &c.; Hand over hand by passing the hands alternately one before or above the other; Hand over head rashly; Hands down with ease; Hands off! keep off! refrain from blows! Hands up a bushranger's call to surrender; Hand to hand at close quarters; Hand to mouth without thought for the future precariously.—A bird in the hand any advantage at present held; A cool hand a person not easily abashed; At any hand In any hand (Shak.) at any rate in any case; At first hand from the producer or seller or from the first source direct; At hand near in place or time; At second hand from an intermediate purchaser or source; Bear a hand make haste to help; Bear in hand (Shak.) to keep in expectation; Be hand and glove to be very intimate and familiar; Believed on all hands generally believed; Bloody or Red hand granted to baronets of Great Britain and Ireland in 1611; By the strong hand by force; Cap in hand humbly; Change hands to pass from one owner to another; Come to one's hand to be easy to do; Dead man's hand Hand-of-glory a charm to discover hidden treasure &c. made from a mandrake root or the hand of a man who has been executed holding a candle; For one's own hand on one's own account; From good hands from a reliable source; Gain the upper hand to obtain the mastery; Get one's hand in to become familiar with.—Handwriting on the wall any sign foreshadowing disaster (from Dan. v. 5).—Have a hand in to be concerned in; Have clean hands to be honest and incorruptible; Have full hands to be fully occupied; Hold hand (Shak.) to compete successfully; Hold in hand to restrain; In hand as present payment: in preparation: under control; Kiss the hand in token of submission; Lay hands on to seize; Laying on of hands the laying on of the hands of a bishop or presbyters in ordination; Lend a hand to give assistance; Off-hand Out of hand at once immediately without premeditation; Off one's hands no longer under one's responsible charge; Old hand one experienced as opposed to Young hand; On all hands on all sides; On hand ready available: in one's possession; On one's hands under one's care or responsibility; Poor hand an unskilful one; Second-hand inferior not new; Set the hand to to engage in undertake; Show one's hand to expose one's purpose to any one; Stand one's hand (slang) to pay for a drink to another; Strike hands to make a contract; Take in hand to undertake; Take off one's hands to relieve of something troublesome; To one's hand in readiness; Under one's hand with one's proper signature attached; Wash one's hands (of) to disclaim the responsibility for anything (Matt. xxvii. 24); With a heavy hand oppressively; With a high hand without taking other people into consideration audaciously.

Checker: Muriel

Unserious Contents or Definition

To dream that your hands are covered with hair like that of a beast, signifies you will intrigue against innocent people, and will find that you have alert enemies who are working to forestall your designs.

If you see beautiful hands in your dream, you will enjoy great distinction, and rise rapidly in your calling; but ugly and malformed hands point to disappointments and poverty. To see blood on them, denotes estrangement and unjust censure from members of your family. If you have an injured hand, some person will succeed to what you are striving most to obtain. To see a detached hand, indicates a solitary life, that is, people will fail to understand your views and feelings. To burn your hands, you will overreach the bounds of reason in your struggles for wealth and fame, and lose thereby. To see your hands covered with hair, denotes that you will not become a solid and leading factor in your circle. To see your hands enlarged, denotes a quick advancement in your affairs. To see them smaller, the reverse is predicted. To see your hands soiled, denotes that you will be envious and unjust to others. To wash your hands, you will participate in some joyous festivity. For a woman to admire her own hands, is proof that she will win and hold the sincere regard of the man she prizes above all others. To admire the hands of others, she will be subjected to the whims of a jealous man. To have a man hold her hands, she will be enticed into illicit engagements. If she lets others kiss her hands, she will have gossips busy with her reputation. To handle fire without burning her hands, she will rise to high rank and commanding positions. To dream that your hands are tied, denotes that you will be involved in difficulties. In loosening them, you will force others to submit to your dictations. See Fingers.

Editor: Wallace

Unserious Contents or Definition

n. A singular instrument worn at the end of the human arm and commonly thrust into somebody's pocket.

Edited by Bonita

Unserious Contents or Definition

A much desired possession, supplied by The Damsel or The Dealer. GLAD HAND, The beggar's plea, the politician's sceptre and the drummer's ablest assistant.

Typist: Montague


Typist: Portia


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