Definition and Meanings for hand

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Hand is ranked 2,036 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of hand

noun, transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb

Etymology of hand

as. hand, hond; akin to d., g., & sw. hand, ohg. hant, dan. haand, icel. h, goth. handus, and perh. to goth. hin to seize (in comp.). cf. hunt

Meaning of hand


as noun

  • 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.
  • that which resembles, or to some extent performs the office of, a human hand;a limb of certain animals, as the foot of a hawk, or any one of the four extremities of a monkey.;an index or pointer on a dial; as, the hour or minute hand of a clock.
  • a measure equal to a hand's breadth, -- four inches; a palm. chiefly used in measuring the height of horses.
  • side; part; direction, either right or left.
  • power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill; dexterity.
  • actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance.
  • 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.
  • handwriting; style of penmanship; as, a good, bad, or running hand. hence, a signature.
  • personal possession; ownership; hence, control; direction; management; -- usually in the plural.
  • 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.
  • rate; price.
  • that which is, or may be, held in a hand at once;the quota of cards received from the dealer.;a bundle of tobacco leaves tied together.
  • the small part of a gunstock near the lock, which is grasped by the hand in taking aim.

as noun

  • a gambling game played by american indians, consisting of guessing the whereabouts of bits of ivory or the like, which are passed rapidly from hand to hand.

as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to give, pass, or transmit with the hand; as, he handed them the letter.
  • to lead, guide, or assist with the hand; to conduct; as, to hand a lady into a carriage.
  • to manage; as, i hand my oar.
  • to seize; to lay hands on.
  • to pledge by the hand; to handfast.
  • to furl; -- said of a sail.

as intransitive verb

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