Definitions

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

  • n. The inner surface of the hand that extends from the wrist to the base of the fingers.
  • n. The similar part of the forefoot of a quadruped.
  • n. A unit of length equal to either the width or the length of the hand.
  • n. The part of a glove or mitten that covers the palm of the hand.
  • n. Nautical A metal shield worn by sailmakers over the palm of the hand and used to force a needle through heavy canvas.
  • n. Nautical The blade of an oar or paddle.
  • n. The flattened part of the antlers of certain animals, such as the moose.
  • transitive v. To hold in the palm of the hand.
  • transitive v. To touch or stroke with the palm of the hand.
  • transitive v. To conceal in the palm of the hand, as in cheating at dice or cards or in a sleight-of-hand trick.
  • transitive v. To pick up furtively.
  • transitive v. Basketball To commit a violation by letting (the ball) rest momentarily in the palm of the hand while dribbling.
  • palm off To dispose of or pass off by deception.
  • idiom an itchy palm A strong desire for money, especially bribes.
  • n. Any of various chiefly tropical evergreen trees, shrubs, or woody vines of the family Palmae (or Arecaceae), characteristically having unbranched trunks with a crown of large pinnate or palmate leaves having conspicuous parallel venation.
  • n. A leaf of a palm tree, carried as an emblem of victory, success, or joy.
  • n. Triumph; victory.
  • n. A small metallic representation of a palm leaf added to a military decoration that has been awarded more than one time.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various evergreen trees from the family Palmae or Arecaceae, which are mainly found in the tropics.
  • n. The inner and somewhat concave part of the human hand that extends from the wrist to the bases of the fingers.
  • n. The corresponding part of the forefoot of a lower mammal.
  • n. A handheld computing device used to store personal data such as calendars and phone numbers.
  • v. To hold or conceal something in the palm of the hand, e.g, for an act of sleight of hand or to steal something.
  • v. To hold something without bending the fingers significantly.
  • v. To move something with the palm of the hand.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The inner and somewhat concave part of the hand between the bases of the fingers and the wrist.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The flat inner face of an anchor fluke.
  • n. Any endogenous tree of the order Palmæ or Palmaceæ; a palm tree.
  • n. A branch or leaf of the palm, anciently borne or worn as a symbol of victory or rejoicing.
  • n. Any symbol or token of superiority, success, or triumph; also, victory; triumph; supremacy.
  • transitive v. To handle.
  • transitive v. To manipulate with, or conceal in, the palm of the hand; to juggle.
  • transitive v. To take (something small) stealthily, especially by concealing it in the palm of the hand.
  • transitive v. To impose by fraud, as by sleight of hand; to put by unfair means; -- usually with on or upon. See also palm off.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To handle; manipulate.
  • To conceal in the palm of the hand, in the manner of jugglers or cheaters.
  • To impose by fraud: generally followed by upon before the person and off before the thing: as, to palm off trash upon the public.
  • n. The flat of the hand; that part of the hand which extends from the wrist to the bases of the thumb and fingers on the side opposite the knuckles; more generally and technically, the palmar surface of the manus of any animal, as the sole of the fore foot of a clawed quadruped, as the cat or mouse, corresponding to the planta of the pes or foot.
  • n. The hand; a hand.
  • n. A lineal measure equal either to the breadth of the hand or to its length from the wrist to the tips of the fingers; a measure of length equal to 3 and in some instances 4 inches; among the Romans, a lineal measure equal to about 8½ inches, corresponding to the length of the hand.
  • n. A part that covers the inner portion of the hand: as, the palm of a glove; specifically, an instrument used by sailmakers and seamen in sewing canvas, instead of a thimble, consisting of a piece of leather that goes round the hand, with a piece of iron sewed on it so as to rest in the palm.
  • n. The broad (usually triangular) part of an anchor at the end of the arms.
  • n. The flat or palmate part of a deer's horns when full-grown.
  • n. An old game, a kind of hand-tennis, more fully called palm-play.
  • n. A ball.
  • n. A tree or shrub of the order Palmæ.
  • n. A branch, properly a leaf, of the palm-tree, anciently borne or worn as a symbol of victory or triumph; hence, superiority; victory; triumph; honor; prize.
  • n. One of several other plants, popularly so called as resembling in some way the palm, or, especially, as substituted for it in church usage.
  • n. See Macrozamia.
  • n. A flat end formed on a tie-rod or strut, through which the rivets or bolts are passed to secure the piece to the rest of the structure.

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

  • n. a linear unit based on the length or width of the human hand
  • n. an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event
  • n. any plant of the family Palmae having an unbranched trunk crowned by large pinnate or palmate leaves
  • n. the inner surface of the hand from the wrist to the base of the fingers
  • v. touch, lift, or hold with the hands

Etymologies

Middle English paume, from Old French, from Latin palma, palm tree, palm of the hand.
Middle English, from Old English and from Old French palme, both from Latin palma, palm of the hand, palm tree (from the shape of the tree's fronds).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English palme, from Old English palm, palma ("palm-tree, palm-branch"), from Latin palma ("palm-tree, palm-branch, palm of the hand"), from Proto-Indo-European *palam-, *plām- (“palm of the hand”). Cognate with Dutch palm, German Palme, Danish palme, Icelandic pálmr ("palm"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English palme, paume, from Old French palme, paulme, paume ("palm of the hand, ball, tennis"), from Latin palma ("palm of the hand, hand-breadth"), from Proto-Indo-European *palam-, *plām- (“palm of the hand”). Cognate with Ancient Greek παλάμη (palámē, "palm of the hand"), Old English folm ("palm of the hand"), Old Irish lám ("hand"). (Wiktionary)

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