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[n] physical assistance; "give me a hand with the chores"
[n] 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
[n] a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece; "the big hand counts the minutes"
[n] the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb; "he had the hands of a surgeon"; "he extended his mitt"
[n] ability; "he wanted to try his hand at singing"
[n] one of two sides of an issue; "on the one hand..., but on the other hand..."
[n] something written by hand; "she recognized his handwriting"; "his hand was illegible"
[n] a round of applause to signify approval; "give the little lady a great big hand"
[n] 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"
[n] a position given by its location to the side of an object; "objections were voiced on every hand"
[n] a card player in a game of bridge; "we need a 4th hand for bridge"
[n] a member of the crew of a ship; "all hands on deck"
[n] a hired laborer on a farm or ranch; "the hired hand fixed the railing"; "a ranch hand"
[n] a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses; "the horse stood 20 hands"
[v] place into the hands or custody of; "Turn the files over to me, please"; "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"

Misc. Definitions

\Hand\, n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h["o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hinpan to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.]
1. 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}.
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; as, the hour or minute hand of a clock.
3. A measure equal to a hand's breadth, -- four inches; a palm. Chiefly used in measuring the height of horses.
4. Side; part; direction, either right or left. On this hand and that hand, were hangings. --Ex. xxxviii. 1
5. The Protestants were then on the winning hand. --Milton.
5. Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill; dexterity. He had a great mind to try his hand at a Spectator. --Addison.
6. Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance. To change the hand in carrying on the war. --Clarendon. Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by my hand. --Judges vi. 3
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7. 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. 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 hand at a simile. --Hazlitt.
8. Handwriting; style of penmanship; as, a good, bad or running hand. Hence, a signature. I say she never did invent this letter; This is a man's invention and his hand. --Shak. Some writs require a judge's hand. --Burril.
9. Personal possession; ownership; hence, control; direction; management; -- usually in the plural. ``Receiving in hand one year's tribute.'' --Knolles. Albinus . . . found means to keep in his hands the goverment of Britain. --Milton.
10. 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. 1
1. Rate; price. [Obs.] ``Business is bought at a dear hand, where there is small dispatch.'' --Bacon. 1
2. That which is, or may be, held in a hand at once; as: (a) (Card Playing) The quota of cards received from the dealer. (b) (Tobacco Manuf.) A bundle of tobacco leaves tied together. 1
3. (Firearms) The small part of a gunstock near the lock, which is grasped by the hand in taking aim. Note: Hand is used figuratively for a large variety of acts or things, in the doing, or making, or use of which the hand is in some way employed or concerned; also, as a symbol to denote various qualities or conditions, as: (a) Activity; operation; work; -- in distinction from the head, which implies thought, and the heart, which implies affection. ``His hand will be against every man.'' --Gen. xvi. 1
2. (b) Power; might; supremacy; -- often in the Scriptures. ``With a mighty hand . . . will I rule over you.'' --Ezek. xx. 3
3. (c) Fraternal feeling; as, to give, or take, the hand; to give the right hand. (d) Contract; -- commonly of marriage; as, to ask the hand; to pledge the hand. Note: Hand is often used adjectively or in compounds (with or without the hyphen), signifying performed by the hand; as, hand blow or hand-blow, hand gripe or hand-gripe: used by, or designed for, the hand; as, hand ball or handball, hand bow, hand fetter, hand grenade or hand-grenade, handgun or hand gun, handloom or hand loom, handmill or hand organ or handorgan, handsaw or hand saw, hand-weapon: measured or regulated by the hand; as, handbreadth or hand's breadth, hand gallop or hand-gallop. Most of the words in the following paragraph are written either as two words or in combination. {Hand bag}, a satchel; a small bag for carrying books, papers, parcels, etc. {Hand basket}, a small or portable basket. {Hand bell}, a small bell rung by the hand; a table bell. --Bacon. {Hand bill}, a small pruning hook. See 4th {Bill}. {Hand car}. See under {Car}. {Hand director} (Mus.), an instrument to aid in forming a good position of the hands and arms when playing on the piano; a hand guide. {Hand drop}. See {Wrist drop}. {Hand gallop}. See under {Gallop}. {Hand gear} (Mach.), apparatus by means of which a machine, or parts of a machine, usually operated by other power, may be operated by hand. {Hand glass}. (a) A glass or small glazed frame, for the protection of plants. (b) A small mirror with a handle. {Hand guide}. Same as {Hand director} (above). {Hand language}, the art of conversing by the hands, esp. as practiced by the deaf and dumb; dactylology. {Hand lathe}. See under {Lathe}. {Hand money}, money paid in hand to bind a contract; earnest money. {Hand organ} (Mus.), a barrel organ, operated by a crank turned by hand. {Hand plant}. (Bot.) Same as {Hand tree} (below). -- {Hand rail}, a rail, as in staircases, to hold by. --Gwilt. {Hand sail}, a sail managed by the hand. --Sir W. Temple. {Hand screen}, a small screen to be held in the hand. {Hand screw}, a small jack for raising heavy timbers or weights; (Carp.) a screw clamp. {Hand staff} (pl. {Hand staves}), a javelin. --Ezek. xxxix.
9. {Hand stamp}, a small stamp for dating, addressing, or canceling papers, envelopes, etc. {Hand tree} (Bot.), a lofty tree found in Mexico ({Cheirostemon platanoides}), having red flowers whose stamens unite in the form of a hand. {Hand vise}, a small vise held in the hand in doing small work. --Moxon. {Hand work}, or {Handwork}, work done with the hands, as distinguished from work done by a machine; handiwork. {All hands}, everybody; all parties. {At all hands}, {On all hands}, on all sides; from every direction; generally. {At any hand}, {At no hand}, in any (or no) way or direction; on any account; on no account. ``And therefore at no hand consisting with the safety and interests of humility.'' --Jer. Taylor. {At first hand}, {At second hand}. See def. 10 (above). {At hand}. (a) Near in time or place; either present and within reach, or not far distant. ``Your husband is at hand; I hear his trumpet.'' --Shak. (b) Under the hand or bridle. [Obs.] ``Horses hot at hand.'' --Shak. {At the hand of}, by the act of; as a gift from. ``Shall we receive good at the hand of God and shall we not receive evil?'' --Job ii.
10. {Bridle hand}. See under {Bridle}. {By hand}, with the hands, in distinction from instrumentality of tools, engines, or animals; as, to weed a garden by hand; to lift, draw, or carry by hand. {Clean hands}, freedom from guilt, esp. from the guilt of dishonesty in money matters, or of bribe taking. ``He that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.'' --Job xvii.
9. {From hand to hand}, from one person to another. {Hand in hand}. (a) In union; conjointly; unitedly. --Swift. (b) Just; fair; equitable. As fair and as good, a kind of hand in hand comparison. --Shak. {Hand over hand}, {Hand over fist}, by passing the hands alternately one before or above another; as, to climb hand over hand; also, rapidly; as, to come up with a chase hand over hand. {Hand over head}, negligently; rashly; without seeing what one does. [Obs.] --Bacon. {Hand running}, consecutively; as, he won ten times hand running. {Hand off!} keep off! forbear! no interference or meddling! {Hand to hand}, in close union; in close fight; as, a hand to hand contest. --Dryden. {Heavy hand}, severity or oppression. {In hand}. (a) Paid down. ``A considerable reward in hand, and . . . a far greater reward hereafter.'' --Tillotson. (b) In preparation; taking place. --Chaucer. ``Revels . . . in hand.'' --Shak. (c) Under consideration, or in the course of transaction; as, he has the business in hand. {In one's hand} or {hands}. (a) In one's possession or keeping. (b) At one's risk, or peril; as, I took my life in my hand. {Laying on of hands}, a form used in consecrating to office, in the rite of confirmation, and in blessing persons. {Light hand}, gentleness; moderation. {Note of hand}, a promissory note. {Off hand}, {Out of hand}, forthwith; without delay, hesitation, or difficulty; promptly. ``She causeth them to be hanged up out of hand.'' --Spenser. {Off one's hands}, out of one's possession or care. {On hand}, in present possession; as, he has a supply of goods on hand. {On one's hands}, in one's possession care, or management. {Putting the hand under the thigh}, an ancient Jewish ceremony used in swearing. {Right hand}, the place of honor, power, and strength. {Slack hand}, idleness; carelessness; inefficiency; sloth. {Strict hand}, severe discipline; rigorous government. {To bear a hand} (Naut), to give help quickly; to hasten. {To bear in hand}, to keep in expectation with false pretenses. [Obs.] --Shak. {To be} {hand and glove, or in glove} {with}. See under {Glove}. {To be on the mending hand}, to be convalescent or improving. {To bring up by hand}, to feed (an infant) without suckling it. {To change hand}. See {Change}. {To change hands}, to change sides, or change owners. --Hudibras. {To clap the hands}, to express joy or applause, as by striking the palms of the hands together. {To come to hand}, to be received; to be taken into possession; as, the letter came to hand yesterday. {To get hand}, to gain influence. [Obs.] Appetites have . . . got such a hand over them. --Baxter. {To got one's hand in}, to make a beginning in a certain work; to become accustomed to a particular business. {To have a hand in}, to be concerned in; to have a part or concern in doing; to have an agency or be employed in. {To have in hand}. (a) To have in one's power or control. --Chaucer. (b) To be engaged upon or occupied with. {To have one's hands full}, to have in hand al that one can do, or more than can be done conveniently; to be pressed with labor or engagements; to be surrounded with difficulties. {To} {have, or get}, {the (higher) upper hand}, to have, or get, the better of another person or thing. {To his hand}, {To my hand}, etc., in readiness; already prepared. ``The work is made to his hands.'' --Locke. {To hold hand}, to compete successfully or on even conditions. [Obs.] --Shak. {To lay hands on}, to seize; to assault. {To lend a hand}, to give assistance. {To} {lift, or put forth}, {the hand against}, to attack; to oppose; to kill. {To live from hand to mouth}, to obtain food and other necessaries as want compels, without previous provision. {To make one's hand}, to gain advantage or profit. {To put the hand unto}, to steal. --Ex. xxii.
8. {To put the} {last, or finishing}, {hand to}, to make the last corrections in; to complete; to perfect. {To set the hand to}, to engage in; to undertake. That the Lord thy God may bless thee in all that thou settest thine hand to. --Deut. xxiii. 20. {To stand one in hand}, to concern or affect one. {To strike hands}, to make a contract, or to become surety for another's debt or good behavior. {To take in hand}. (a) To attempt or undertake. (b) To seize and deal with; as, he took him in hand. {To wash the hands of}, to disclaim or renounce interest in, or responsibility for, a person or action; as, to wash one's hands of a business. --Matt. xxvii. 2
4. {Under the hand of}, authenticated by the handwriting or signature of; as, the deed is executed under the hand and seal of the owner.
\Hand\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Handed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Handing}.]
1. To give, pass, or transmit with the hand; as, he handed them the letter.
2. To lead, guide, or assist with the hand; to conduct; as, to hand a lady into a carriage.
3. To manage; as, I hand my oar. [Obs.] --Prior.
4. To seize; to lay hands on. [Obs.] --Shak.
5. To pledge by the hand; to handfast. [R.]
6. (Naut.) To furl; -- said of a sail. --Totten. {To hand down}, to transmit in succession, as from father to son, or from predecessor to successor; as, fables are handed down from age to age; to forward to the proper officer (the decision of a higher court); as, the Clerk of the Court of Appeals handed down its decision. {To hand over}, to yield control of; to surrender; to deliver up.
\Hand\, v. i. To co["o]perate. [Obs.] --Massinger.
\Hand\, n. 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.
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