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Definition of 'hand'


  1. the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb; "he had the hands of a surgeon"; "he extended his mitt"
       Synonyms: manus mitt paw
  2. a hired laborer on a farm or ranch; "the hired hand fixed the railing"; "a ranch hand"
       Synonyms: hired hand hired man
  3. something written by hand; "she recognized his handwriting"; "his hand was illegible"
       Synonyms: handwriting script
  4. ability; "he wanted to try his hand at singing"
  5. a position given by its location to the side of an object; "objections were voiced on every hand"
  6. 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"
       Synonyms: deal
  7. one of two sides of an issue; "on the one hand..., but on the other hand..."
  8. a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece; "the big hand counts the minutes"
  9. a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses; "the horse stood 20 hands"
  10. a member of the crew of a ship; "all hands on deck"
  11. a card player in a game of bridge; "we need a 4th hand for bridge"
       Synonyms: bridge player
  12. a round of applause to signify approval; "give the little lady a great big hand"
  13. 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
  14. physical assistance; "give me a hand with the chores"
       Synonyms: helping hand


  1. place into the hands or custody of; "hand me the spoon, please"; "Turn the files over to me, please"; "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"
       Synonyms: pass reach pass on turn over give
  2. guide or conduct or usher somewhere; "hand the elderly lady into the taxi"

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