Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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Hand \Hand\ (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h["o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. Hunt.]
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; as:
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.
On this hand and that hand, were hangings.
--Ex. xxxviii. 1
The Protestants were then on the winning hand.
5. Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill; dexterity.
He had a great mind to try his hand at a Spectator.
Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance.
To change the hand in carrying on the war.
Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by my hand.
--Judges vi. 36.
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.
I was always reckoned a lively hand at a simile.
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.
Some writs require a judge's hand.
Personal possession; ownership; hence, control; direction; management; -- usually in the plural. ``Receiving in hand one year's tribute.''
Albinus . . . found means to keep in his hands the government of Britain.
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. [Obs.] ``Business is bought at a dear hand, where there is small dispatch.''
That which is, or may be, held in a hand at once; as:
(Card Playing) The quota of cards received from the dealer.
(Tobacco Manuf.) A bundle of tobacco leaves tied together.
(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:
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. 12.
Power; might; supremacy; -- often in the Scriptures. ``With a mighty hand . . . will I rule over you.''
--Ezek. xx. 33.
Fraternal feeling; as, to give, or take, the hand; to give the right hand.
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 glass or small glazed frame, for the protection of plants.
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.
Near in time or place; either present and within reach, or not far distant. ``Your husband is at hand; I hear his trumpet.''
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.
In union; conjointly; unitedly.
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. Hands 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.
Paid down. ``A considerable reward in hand, and . . . a far greater reward hereafter.''
In preparation; taking place.
--Chaucer. ``Revels . . . in hand.''
Under consideration, or in the course of transaction; as, he has the business in hand. In one's hand or In one's hands.
In one's possession or keeping.
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 with or To be hand 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 get 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.
To have in one's power or control.
To be engaged upon or occupied with. To have one's hands full, to have in hand all 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 the (higher) upper hand, or To 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 the hand against, or To 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 hand to, or To put the 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.
To attempt or undertake.
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. 24.
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 \Hand\ (h[a^]nd), 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.
Hand \Hand\ (h[a^]nd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Handed; p. pr. & vb. n. Handing.]
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. [Obs.]
To seize; to lay hands on. [Obs.]
To pledge by the hand; to handfast. [R.]
(Naut.) To furl; -- said of a sail.
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 \Hand\, v. i.
To co["o]perate. [Obs.]
A hand is a body part. It is commonly used for picking things up or holding things.
Hand or HAND may also refer to:
"Hand" is a song recorded and performed by Jars of Clay. It is the fifth of six radio singles from the band's 1999 studio album, If I Left the Zoo. The single was sent only to Christian adult contemporary radio stations. The song was a writing collaboration between the band's Dan Haseltine and Stephen Mason along with singer-songwriter Jonathan Noël. A different recording of the song appears on Jonathan Noël's album, Hand, with Charlie Lowell lending help on keyboards while Stephen provides guitar work.
It reached number nine on the Christian AC chart.
The hand is a non- SI unit of measurement of length standardized to . It is used to measure the height of horses in some English-speaking countries, including Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. It was originally based on the breadth of a human hand. The adoption of the international inch in 1959 allowed for a standardized imperial form and a metric conversion. It may be abbreviated to "h" or "hh". Although measurements between whole hands are usually expressed in what appears to be decimal format, the subdivision of the hand is not decimal but is in base 4, so subdivisions after the radix point are in quarters of a hand, which are inches. Thus, 62 inches is fifteen and a half hands, or 15.2 hh (normally said as "fifteen-two", or occasionally in full as "fifteen hands two inches")
Hand is a surname. Notable persons with that surname include:
- Augustus C. Hand, U.S. Congressman
- Augustus Noble Hand, U.S. federal judge
- Bill Hand, English association footballer
- David Hand (bishop), first Anglican Archbishop of Papua New Guinea
- David Hand (animator), American animator and director of Disney movies
- David Hand (statistician), British statistician
- Debra Hand, American artist
- Dora Hand, dance hall singer in the American Old West
- Edward Hand, American Revolutionary War general
- Elizabeth Hand, American author
- Eoin Hand, Irish sports commentator
- Frederic Hand, composer
- Gerry Hand, former Australian politician
- James Hand, Irish footballer
- Jamie Hand, English footballer
- John Hand (rower), Canadian rower
- John Hand (priest), Irish priest
- John P. Hand, American jurist
- Jon Hand, American football player
- Kelli Hand, American techno musician and DJ
- Kernan "Skip" Hand, Louisiana state representative and judge
- Learned Hand, New York jurist
- Nevyl Hand, Australian rugby league footballer
- Norman Hand, American football defensive tackle
- Peter Hand, Australian radio personality and journalist
- Rich Hand, American baseball player
- Robert Hand, American astrologer
- T. Millet Hand, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives
- Tony Hand, Scottish ice hockey player
- William Hand, yacht designer
Handt is the surname of:
- Angelika Handt
The ancient EgyptianHand (hieroglyph) is an alphabetic hieroglyph with the meaning of "d"; it is also used in the word for 'hand', and actions that are performed, i.e. by the 'way of one's hands', or actions. (Used as a determinative.)
A hand ( Latinmanus) is a prehensile, multi- fingered organ located at the end of the forearm or forelimb of primates such as humans, chimpanzees, monkeys, and lemurs. A few other vertebrates such as the koala (which has two opposable thumbs on each "hand" and fingerprints remarkably similar to human fingerprints) are often described as having "hands" instead of paws on their front limbs. The raccoon is usually described as having "hands" though opposable thumbs are lacking.
Fingers contain some of the densest areas of nerve endings on the body, are the richest source of tactile feedback, and have the greatest positioning capability of the body; thus the sense of touch is intimately associated with hands. Like other paired organs (eyes, feet, legs) each hand is dominantly controlled by the opposing brain hemisphere, so that handedness—the preferred hand choice for single-handed activities such as writing with a pencil, reflects individual brain functioning.
Some evolutionary anatomists use the term hand to refer to the appendage of digits on the forelimb more generally — for example, in the context of whether the three digits of the bird hand involved the same homologous loss of two digits as in the dinosaur hand.
The human hand has five fingers and 27 bones, not including the sesamoid bone, the number of which varies between people, 14 of which are the phalanges ( proximal, intermediate and distal) of the fingers. The metacarpal bones connect the fingers and the carpal bones of the wrist. Each human hand has five metacarpals and eight carpal bones. Among humans, the hands play an important function in body language and sign language.
n. The part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in a human, and the corresponding part in many other animals. vb. (context transitive English) To give, pass, or transmit with the hand, literally or figuratively.
ability; "he wanted to try his hand at singing"
a position given by its location to the side of an object; "objections were voiced on every hand"
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" [syn: deal]
one of two sides of an issue; "on the one hand..., but on the other hand..."
a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece; "the big hand counts the minutes"
a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses; "the horse stood 20 hands"
a member of the crew of a ship; "all hands on deck"
a card player in a game of bridge; "we need a 4th hand for bridge" [syn: bridge player]
a round of applause to signify approval; "give the little lady a great big hand"
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
physical assistance; "give me a hand with the chores" [syn: helping hand]
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English hond, hand "hand; side; power, control, possession," from Proto-Germanic *handuz (cognates: Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Dutch, German hand, Old Norse hönd, Gothic handus), of uncertain origin. The original Old English plural handa was superseded in Middle English by handen, later hands.\n
\nMeaning "person who does something with his hands" is from 1580s, hence "hired workman" (1630s) and "sailor in a ship's crew" (1660s). Clock and watch sense is from 1570s. Meaning "round of applause" is from 1838. The linear measure of 4 inches (originally 3) is from 1560s, now used only in giving the height of horses. The meaning "playing cards held in one player's hand" is from 1620s; that of "a round at a card game" is from 1620s.\n
First hand, second hand, etc. (mid-15c.) are from the notion of something being passed down from hand to hand. Out of hand (1590s) is opposite of in hand "under control" (c.1200). Hand over fist (1825) is suggestive of sailors and fishermen hauling in nets. Hand jive is from 1958. To win something hands down (1855) is from horse racing, from a jockey's gesture of letting the reins go loose in an easy victory.\n\nThe Two Thousand Guinea Stakes was not the best contested one that it has been our fortune to assist at. ... [T]hey were won by Meteor, with Scott for his rider; who went by the post with his hands down, the easiest of all easy half-lengths. Wiseacre certainly did the best in his power to spoil his position, and Misdeal was at one time a little vexatious.
["The Sportsman," report from April 26, 1840]\nTo hand it to (someone) "acknowledge someone's ability" is slang from c.1906. Phrase on the one hand ... on the other hand is recorded from 1630s, a figurative use of the physical sense of hand in reference to position on one side or the other side of the body (as in the lefthand side), which goes back to Old English Hands up! as a command from a policeman, robber, etc., is from 1873. Hand-to-mouth is from c.1500. Hand-in-hand attested from c.1500 as "with hands clasped;" figurative sense of "concurrently" recorded from 1570s.
c.1400, "take charge of, seize," from hand (n.). Meaning "to pass (something to someone)" is from 1640s. Related: Handed; handing.\n
Hand -- U.S. County in South Dakota
Housing Units (2000): 1840
Land area (2000): 1436.580481 sq. miles (3720.726206 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 3.633210 sq. miles (9.409971 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1440.213691 sq. miles (3730.136177 sq. km)
Located within: South Dakota (SD), FIPS 46
Location: 44.547411 N, 98.985268 W
Hand County, SD
Usage examples of "hand".
We wondered for a long while why Kadra was so adamant about evacuating Tenua to the Abesse and sending her people straight into Volan hands.
I will not wear thy soul with words about my grief and sorrow: but it is to be told that I sat now in a perilous place, and yet I might not step down from it and abide in that land, for then it was a sure thing, that some of my foes would have laid hand on me and brought me to judgment for being but myself, and I should have ended miserably.
CHAPTER 12 Winter Amidst of the Mountains In all this they had enough to be busy with, so that time hung not heavy on their hands, and the shadow of the Quest was nowise burdensome to them, since they wotted that they had to abide the wearing of the days till spring was come with fresh tidings.
I will now go and skin that troll who went so nigh to slay thee, and break up the carcase, if thou wilt promise to abide about the door of the house, and have thy sword and the spear ready to hand, and to don thine helm and hauberk to boot.
I have heard thy windy talk, and this is the answer: we will neither depart, nor come down to you, but will abide our death by your hands here on this hill-side.
But if they refuse to abjure, they are to be handed over to the secular Court for punishment.
She whirled, her right hand raised, but before she could use the controlling ring she lay sprawled on the floor, one side of her face ablaze from the blow of a phantom hand.
The party had come aboard without waiting to be invited, their leader stepping forward with his hat in his hand.
Pender then went on to describe life aboard the ship for all of the hands, pleading with the admiral to intercede and put an end to this tyranny.
Quite the contrary, proper discipline had to be maintained, and in wartime, with pressed men aboard ship, a firm hand was something he deemed a necessity.
The one who climbed aboard had another oilskin pouch in his hand, which he handed to the Frenchman.
Nearly every item that came aboard was subject to a gentle touch of his hand before being taken below.
The very sight of the awesome Forest aborigines, with their fanged muzzles agape and their taloned hands hovering near their weapons, was enough to convert the dance-bone cheaters to instant integrity.
The wind gusted: canvas shook to a wind so hard and sand-edged it abraded his exposed hands.
She knew she could not scale a blank seven-foot wall fast enough to save herself, especially not with one stingingly abraded hand, so she studied the trees as she ran.