1. [ noun ] (anatomy,zoology) the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb
Synonyms: hook mauler mitt paw manus

"he had the hands of a surgeon" "he extended his mitt"

Related terms: extremity fist left right hooks arm homo finger palm intercapitular_vein metacarpal_vein digital_arteries ball metacarpus metacarpal_artery pass
2. [ verb ] place into the hands or custody of
Synonyms: pass give turn_over pass_on reach

"hand me the spoon, please" "Turn the files over to me, please" "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"

Related terms: transfer give release entrust hand_over entrust deal slip impart communicate hand_over give_away relegate pass_on hand_down passage
3. [ noun ] (work,agriculture) a hired laborer on a farm or ranch
Synonyms: hired_man hired_hand

"the hired hand fixed the railing" "a ranch hand"

Related terms: laborer farmhand herder stableman ranch_hand
4. [ noun ] (writing) something written by hand
Synonyms: handwriting script

"she recognized his handwriting" "his hand was illegible"

Related terms: writing shorthand longhand calligraphy scribble handwriting
5. [ noun ] ability

"he wanted to try his hand at singing"

Related terms: ability
6. [ noun ] a position given by its location to the side of an object

"objections were voiced on every hand"

Related terms: side
7. [ noun ] (cards) the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time
Synonyms: deal

"I didn't hold a good hand all evening" "he kept trying to see my hand"

Related terms: collection bridge_hand poker_hand long_suit conduct
8. [ noun ] one of two sides of an issue

"on the one hand..., but on the other hand..."

Related terms: side
9. [ noun ] a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece

"the big hand counts the minutes"

Related terms: pointer hour_hand second_hand minute_hand timepiece
10. [ verb ] guide or conduct or usher somewhere

"hand the elderly lady into the taxi"

Related terms: lead
11. [ noun ] a round of applause to signify approval

"give the little lady a great big hand"

Related terms: applause
12. [ noun ] (bridge,cards,games) a card player in a game of bridge
Synonyms: bridge_player

"we need a 4th hand for bridge"

Related terms: card_player contractor bridge_partner bidder
13. [ noun ] (zoology) 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

Related terms: forepaw
14. [ noun ] a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses

"the horse stood 20 hands"

Related terms: handbreadth handbreath
15. [ noun ] (nautical,work) a member of the crew of a ship

"all hands on deck"

Related terms: sailor
16. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 1463
17. [ noun ] physical assistance
Synonyms: helping_hand

"give me a hand with the chores"

Related terms: aid
Similar spelling:   handy