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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having a light, delicate touch.

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  • adj. Not having a full complement of workers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not having a full complement of men.
  • adj. having a metaphorically delicate touch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having light hands; soft, delicate, or dexterous in touch or manipulation.
  • Having or bringing little in the hands: as, to come home light-handed.
  • Insufficiently supplied with hands or assistants, as a ship or a factory; short-handed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a metaphorically delicate touch

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