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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
palm
I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
olive/lemon/palm etc grove
▪ He owns an orange grove near Tel Aviv.
palm oil
palm phone
palm reader
Palm Sunday
palm tree
the palm of your hand (=the inside surface of your hand)
▪ The phone could fit into the palm of his hand.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
left
▪ Isabel scratched her left palm with her right forefinger, anxious.
▪ Then he will take his right fist and pound it, pow, into his left palm.
▪ I noticed that the assistant bank manager was biting his lower lip and grinding his right fist into his left palm.
▪ Through the jelly walls of sleep I felt something cool and heavy on my left palm.
▪ Both of you need to hold out your hands in front and turn the right palm downwards and the left palm upwards.
open
▪ Next instant, he flew on to her open palm.
▪ Tony would mutter, hitting his own forehead with an open palm.
▪ Obeying his instruction, I proffered my hand, open palm upwards, towards the animal.
▪ In his open palm were two spent bullets, subtly different in shape from anything I was familiar with.
▪ One slapping movement with the open palm, aimed at an opponent's nose, is enough to deter most adversaries.
▪ MacLane slapped his open palm lightly with a leaded length of rubber hosepipe.
▪ The hand can be either a clenched fist or an open palm, depending upon how the defender wishes to counter attack.
▪ The slapping action of the open palm is enough to make a punch miss its intended target.
right
▪ He cradled his injured left hand in his right palm.
▪ Sit down, place your right palms up, on the table.
▪ A large blister came on the heel of her right palm, from forcing the trowel handle down to prise bricks up.
▪ He hobbled to the bathroom, feeling his way with his right palm along the wall.
▪ Both of you need to hold out your hands in front and turn the right palm downwards and the left palm upwards.
sweaty
▪ We stood in the customs queue, grasping passports in sweaty palms.
▪ The usherette was untrained in spotting sweaty palms.
▪ My two chips were ready in my sweaty palm.
tall
▪ I stood leaning against the tall coconut palm tree.
▪ Both sides of the stream were sandy and lined with big, tall palm trees.
▪ Arriving in Honolulu, I spent a night in a hotel room that opened on to a balcony overlooking tall palm trees.
■ NOUN
coconut
▪ I stood leaning against the tall coconut palm tree.
▪ There are further villas built in typical thatched native style amid the coconut palms of the gardens.
▪ Vast stretches of white sandy beaches, most of them empty of people, fringed by coconut palms and mangroves.
▪ There were three coconut palms, twenty-eight people.
▪ A little grove of coconut palms extended behind it; a few fowls picked among discarded water jars.
date
▪ Nearby was an agricultural zone with circular planting beds for date palms and possibly incense trees.
▪ Why not try to grown your own date palm from a date stone?
▪ The shoots will turn green in the sunlight and grow into your very own date palm.
frond
▪ When his dear, weary head appeared under a palm frond I could have leaped for joy.
▪ What seemed unusual, in this landscape of tropical mountains, was the combination of pine trees, cacti and palm fronds.
▪ Peter and Rhonda had built their house out of posts, planks and palm fronds.
▪ As we talked, his quick fingers wove palm fronds into thatch like the roof of his hut.
grove
▪ Flora and I were walking through the palm grove, on mud paths between tiny squares of pale green barley.
▪ The dense palm grove had been cleared and hundreds of casuarina trees chopped down and grubbed out.
▪ I chose the deep shade of the palm grove where the high foliage sprinkled drops of sunlight on the path.
▪ The newly-built swimming pool is situated in lush gardens and deep palm groves which are part of the charm of this resort.
▪ Among rocks and in palm groves near rocks.
oil
▪ The research on owls seems to have convinced a number of oil palm companies.
▪ In the former, the key cash crop was oil palm, and in the latter cotton.
tree
▪ AWI2.tif I've copied the small group of palm trees, and pasted the image in further along the beach.
▪ Earlier houses, little more than huts constructed of palm trees, burned down centuries ago.
▪ The apartments are idyllically set amongst lovely flower beds, palm trees and tropical shrubs.
▪ Sand, water, palm tree.
▪ They strung a net between two palm trees and bobbed about in an energetic game of four-a-side volleyball.
▪ Gus's neighborhood was poorly lighted and the yards were flat patches of dirt, graced with occasional palm trees.
▪ Two uprooted palm trees blocked their way at the foot of the stairs.
▪ The pool is enclosed by the bungalows, palm trees and bushes and is a real suntrap.
■ VERB
cup
▪ He had smoked one cigarette after the other, holding them cupped in his palm to protect them from the rain.
▪ He cupped one in his palm and she fell forward and put her tongue in his mouth.
▪ It no longer resembled the little squirt gun that Mrs Witherspoon had once cupped in her palm.
grease
▪ Luckily Joseph was able to grease a few palms, thus helping his brother to escape.
▪ So McCloy greased your palm a bit to walk home with Hatton and catch him unawares.
hold
▪ She slid the ring off now, and held it in her palm.
▪ She held it in her palm and gazed at it, as if stricken, tears streaming down her cheeks.
▪ The blades are about 2in long, the small rounded handles designed to be held in palm of hand.
▪ Horton picked the spider up, held it in his palm and asked if the insect was bothering anyone.
▪ Every Tuesday morning you forgot your thimble, every Tuesday afternoon you held out your palm for the cut of the cane.
▪ Lie on the bench with arms out straight, almost vertical, and hold the dumb-bells with palms facing each other.
kiss
▪ His fingers linked with hers, drawing them to his lips where he turned them to kiss her open palm.
▪ He ignored the violence in the gesture and kissed her moist palm.
▪ But then, at other moments they would display the utmost delicacy in kissing a palm or touching a face.
place
▪ Crossing to her, he placed a palm against her brow.
▪ He kissed its softness and placed her palm against his cheek.
▪ To ease tight hands, place them together, palm facing palm, elbows at right angles.
▪ Spin the straw by placing it between the palms of your hands, rubbing them back and forth.
▪ I closed my eyes tight for once and placed my palms together.
▪ As the body lowers towards the ground, place the palms of both hands on the floor for support.
press
▪ She started and looked up, pressing the palms of her hands to her cheeks.
▪ You ache to feel the warm mug pressed within your palm.
▪ We each attach a bracelet to our wrist then press the palm of our other hand on to the metal pad.
▪ Kathy crossed the porch, knelt down beside him, pressed the palm of her hand against his forehead.
▪ As it came on across the grass, quite a few people dropped to their knees and pressed their palms together in prayer.
▪ She pressed her cool palm against his open mouth, hushing his enquiry even as she answered it.
▪ He felt the links pressing into his palm.
▪ With a sudden exclamation, he caught her hand and pressed the palm of it to his lips.
rest
▪ It also lets the player rest the palm on the bridge, without the worry of unwanted pitch variation as a result.
▪ Knittle picked up the shiny anvil and rested it on the palm of her hand.
rub
▪ Squirt it into your hand, rub your palms together then run them through your hair, ensuring even distribution.
▪ Fontaine bowed his head and studied his hands as he gently rubbed his palms together.
▪ Massingham picked them up and rubbed them between his palms and thumbs and sniffed.
▪ Doi-san squeezes shampoo into her hand and then rubs her palms together briskly.
▪ One hand was already rubbing against the palm of the other, the susurration of skin whispering under his voice.
▪ Matilda rubbed her palm against it and a white powder came off on to her skin.
slap
▪ MacLane slapped his open palm lightly with a leaded length of rubber hosepipe.
▪ After the customary slapping of palms and the praising of the salesman over the firm loudspeaker, Stone informed Ranieri.
▪ The captain slapped her palm on the desk with a sound like a breaking plate.
turn
▪ Cornelius turned it upon his palm.
▪ I advise my patients, students, and readers to turn their palms up and look at the lifeline.
▪ Both of you need to hold out your hands in front and turn the right palm downwards and the left palm upwards.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
cross sb's palm with silver
grease sb's palm
read sb's palm
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ A piece of candy stuck to his palm.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Alternately press and release pressure with palms, gradually wriggling the hands fairly vigorously along the muscles.
▪ He stops combing upward and begins to shape the hairs in the cup of the palm of his hand.
▪ If you are used to handling an ordinary palm sander, the oval grip will be familiar.
▪ Rest palm of one hand over navel.
▪ The streets in the village are immaculate, the grass and the palm trees green.
▪ The subject is essentially twofold - beach and palm trees, so thought must be given to each.
▪ The sun was in the palms behind the right-field fence.
▪ With palms facing upwards, take your arms behind you and hold them as high as possible.
II.verb
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Cheryl palmed the access lock on the medlab door and the hatch rolled open.
▪ Eachus, challenged by Stephen McBride, palmed out Raymond McCoy's left wing cross when he could possibly have grasped it.
▪ Every few cases some preclear may try to palm off telepathy as an aberrative factor.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
palm

palm \palm\ (p[aum]m), n. [OE. paume, F. paume, L. palma, Gr. pala`mh, akin to Skr. p[=a][.n]i hand, and E. fumble. See Fumble, Feel, and cf. 2d Palm.]

  1. (Anat.) The inner and somewhat concave part of the hand between the bases of the fingers and the wrist.

    Clench'd her fingers till they bit the palm.
    --Tennyson.

  2. A lineal measure equal either to the breadth of the hand or to its length from the wrist to the ends of the fingers; a hand; -- used in measuring a horse's height.

    Note: In Greece, the palm was reckoned at three inches. The Romans adopted two measures of this name, the lesser palm of 2.91 inches, and the greater palm of 8.73 inches. At the present day, this measure varies in the most arbitrary manner, being different in each country, and occasionally varying in the same.
    --Internat. Cyc.

  3. (Sailmaking) A metallic disk, attached to a strap, and worn on the palm of the hand, -- used to push the needle through the canvas, in sewing sails, etc.

  4. (Zo["o]l.) The broad flattened part of an antler, as of a full-grown fallow deer; -- so called as resembling the palm of the hand with its protruding fingers.

  5. (Naut.) The flat inner face of an anchor fluke.

    to grease the palm of, v. t. To bribe or tip. [Slang]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
palm

"flat of the hand," c.1300, from Old French palme (Modern French paume), from Latin palma "palm of the hand," also "flat end of an oar; palm tree," from PIE *pel- "to spread out; flat" (cognates: Greek palame "open hand," Old Irish lam, Welsh llaw, Old English folm, Old High German folma "hand," Sanskrit panih "hand, hoof"). Palm oil is earlier in the punning sense of "bribe" (1620s) than in the literal sense of "oil from the fruit of the West African palm" (1705, from palm (n.2)).

palm

tropical tree, Old English palma, Old French palme, both from Latin palma "palm tree," originally "palm of the hand;" the tree so called from the shape of its leaves, like fingers of a hand (see palm (n.1)).\n

\nThe word traveled early to northern Europe, where the tree does not grow, via Christianity, and took root in the local languages (such as Old Saxon palma, Old High German palma, Old Norse palmr). Palm Sunday is Old English palm-sunnandæg.\n

\nIn ancient times, a leaf or frond was carried or worn as a symbol of victory or triumph, or on feast days; hence figurative use of palm for "victory, triumph" (late 14c.). Palm court "large room in a hotel, etc., usually decorated with potted palms" first recorded 1908.

palm

"impose (something) on (someone)," 1670s, from palm (n.1). Extended form palm off is from 1822.

Wiktionary
palm

Etymology 1 n. 1 Any of various evergreen trees from the family ''Palmae'' or ''Arecaceae'', which are mainly found in the tropics. 2 A branch or leaf of the palm, anciently borne or worn as a symbol of victory or rejoicing. Etymology 2

n. 1 The inner and somewhat concave part of the human hand that extends from the wrist to the bases of the fingers. 2 The corresponding part of the forefoot of a lower mammal. 3 A linear measure equal either to the breadth of the hand or to its length from the wrist to the ends of the fingers; a hand; used in measuring a horse's height. 4 (context sailmaking English) A metallic disk attached to a strap and worn in the palm of the hand; used to push the needle through the canvas, in sewing sails, etc. 5 The broad flattened part of an antler, as of a full-grown fallow deer; so called as resembling the palm of the hand with its protruding fingers. 6 (context nautical English) The flat inner face of an anchor fluke. vb. 1 To hold or conceal something in the palm of the hand, e.g, for an act of sleight of hand or to steal something. 2 To hold something without bending the fingers significantly. 3 To move something with the palm of the hand.

WordNet
palm

v. touch, lift, or hold with the hands; "Don't handle the merchandise" [syn: handle]

palm
  1. n. the inner surface of the hand from the wrist to the base of the fingers [syn: thenar]

  2. a linear unit based on the length or width of the human hand

  3. any plant of the family Palmae having an unbranched trunk crowned by large pinnate or palmate leaves [syn: palm tree]

  4. an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event [syn: decoration, laurel wreath, medal, medallion, ribbon]

Gazetteer
Wikipedia
PALM

Paralemmin is a protein that in humans is encoded by the PALM gene.

This gene encodes a member of the paralemmin protein family. Other members of this family include CAP-23, GAP-43, MARCKS, and MacMARCKS. The product of this gene is a prenylated and palmitoylated phosphoprotein that associates with the cytoplasmic face of plasma membranes and is implicated in plasma membrane dynamics in neurons and other cell types. Several alternatively spliced transcript variants have been identified, but the full-length nature of only two transcript variants has been determined.

Palm (unit)

The palm may be either one of two obsolete non- SI units of measurement of length.

In English usage the palm, or small palm, also called handbreadth or handsbreadth, was originally based on the breadth of a human hand without the thumb, and has origins in ancient Egypt. It is distinct from the hand, the breadth of the hand with the thumb, and from the fist, the height of a clenched fist. It is usually taken to be equal to four digits or fingers, or to three inches, which, following the adoption of the international inch in 1959, equals exactly 7.62 centimetres. It is today used only in the field of biblical exegesis, where opinions may vary as to its precise historic length.

In other areas, such as parts of continental Europe, the palm (, ) related to the length of the hand, and derived from the Roman great palm, the .

Palm (surname)

Palm used as a surname may refer to people including:

  • Archibald Palm (1901–1966), South African cricketer
  • August Palm (1849–1922), Swedish socialist activist
  • Conny Palm, (1907–1951), Swedish electrical engineer and statistician
  • Eero Palm (born 1974), Estonian architect
  • Evy Palm (born 1942), Swedish long-distance runner
  • Jacobo Palm (1887–1982), Curaçao-born composer
  • Jan Gerard Palm (1831–1906), Curaçao-born composer
  • Johan Palm (born 1992), Swedish singer
  • Johann Philipp Palm (1768–1806), German bookseller executed during the Napoleonic Wars
  • John Palm (1885–1925), Curaçao-born composer
  • Rudolph Palm (1880–1950), Curaçao-born composer
  • Valter Palm (1905–1994), Estonian boxer
  • Viking Palm (1923–2009), Swedish wrestler
  • Wolfgang Palm (born 1950), German musician

Usage examples of "palm".

Her palms had sweated onto the cloth cover of the book and she set it aside, wiping her hands off on her pants, swearing in annoyance as she realized she was trembling.

With the baby nestled in his palm, Anther rocked his hand back and forth.

He travelled by jeep through an invariable terrain of architectonic vegetation where no wind lifted the fronds of palms as ponderous as if they had been sculpted out of viridian gravity at the beginning of time and then abandoned, whose trunks were so heavy they did not seem to rise into the air but, instead, drew the oppressive sky down upon the forest like a coverlid of burnished metal.

Shakespeare, when taken at the full, leads on to fortune, he resolved that the opportunity should not be lost, and applied himself with such assiduity to his practice, that, in all likelihood, he would have carried the palm from all his contemporaries, had he not split upon the same rock which had shipwrecked his hopes before.

He put out his hand to the masuki, palm forward in greeting, and each clasped it in turn, baring tusks in a grin.

Sharp, piercing eyes appeared from beneath, beastlike men with bushy, unkempt beards stood straight up out of the snow, raising their cloaks over their heads and shoulders and shaking the powder off, stamping their feet to bring feeling back to their frozen members, blowing puffs of vapor on their hands and rubbing their dry, cracked palms together.

Slowly he raised his hand, twitching with excitement, and stretched it out towards the cheque, but, before his fingers touched it, Lady Bellamy, as though by accident, dropped her white palm upon the precious paper.

He stood looking down at the incredibly innocently sleeping patheticness, then he took the knife and snapped the well honed blade off in a deep crack in the concrete of the platform and put the bladeless handle back in the open palm and went upstairs to bed.

The Bletch is our local groundskeeper, ancillary services and so forth, the man who sprinkles the potted palms in the background and arranges for the billeting of transients such as yourself.

Groves of lemon, groves of citron, Tall high-foliaged plane and palm, Bloomy myrtle, light-blue olive, Wave her back with gusts of balm.

Scoring his palm, he let his blood fall in scarlet drops, and anemones blossomed where it fell.

I am ware it is the seed of act God holds appraising in His hollow palm, Not act grown great thence as the world believes, Leafage and branchage vulgar eyes admire.

And his antlers, each twice as wide as a human was tall, were great heavy sculptures oddly like the open hands of a giant, with fingerlike tines branching off smooth palms.

Before us opened a hall of considerable size, consisting of three distinct vaults, defined by two rows of pillars, slender shafts resembling tall branchless trees, the capital of each being formed by a branching head like that of the palm.

God who made me, you can give a two-bray advantage to the greatest and most expert brayer in the world, because your sound is loud, your voice sustained, with the correct time and rhythm, your inflections numerous and rapid: in short, I admit defeat, and surrender the palm, and hand you the banner for this rare ability.