American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Using the right hand more skillfully or easily than the left.
- adj. Sports Swinging from the right to the left: a right-handed batter.
- adj. Done with the right hand.
- adj. Intended for wear on or use by the right hand: a right-handed pair of scissors.
- adj. Turning or spiraling from left to right; clockwise.
- adj. Rotating clockwise; dextrorotatory.
- adv. With the right hand.
- adv. Sports From right to left: swings right-handed.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Using the right hand more easily and readily than the left. See dexterous.
- Turning so as to pass from above or in front to the right hand; clockwise: thus, an ordinary screw is driven in by a right-handed rotation; specifically, in conchology, dextral, as the spiral shell of a univalve (see cut under purpura). The rotation of the plane of polarization by certain substances showing circular polarization is called
right-handedwhen, to an observer looking in the direction in which the ray is moving, the rotation is clockwise—that is, in the same direction as that of the hands of a clock; if in the opposite direction (counter-clockwise), the rotation is called left-handed. These terms are also applied to the substances themselves which produce these effects: as, a right-handed quartz-crystal.
- In botany, of twining plants or circumnutating parts, properly, rising or advancing in the direction of a right-handed screw or spiral, or that of the hands of a watch. Certain authors, neglecting the notion of forward growth and conceiving the plant as viewed from above, have used the term in the opposite sense, which is quite unnatural.
- Laid from left to right, as the strands of a rope.
- Executed by the right hand.
- On the right side; of a favorable, convenient, or easily pardoned character.
- adj. Of one who uses their right hand in preference to, or more skillfully than their left.
- adj. not comparable Intended to be worn on, or used by the right hand.
- adj. not comparable Turning or spiralling from left to right; clockwise.
- adj. physics Of a particle for which the direction of its spin is the same as the direction of its motion.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Using the right hand habitually, or more easily than the left.
- adj. Having the same direction or course as the movement of the hands of a watch seen in front; -- said of the motion of a revolving object looked at from a given direction.
- adj. (Zoöl.) Having the whorls rising from left to right; dextral; -- said of spiral shells. See
- adj. rotating to the right
- adj. using or intended for the right hand
“In the match, he appeared to rewrite the rules of what was possible at the crease by essentially premeditating every shot, switching between left- and right-handed at will and just whacking it wherever he fancied.”
“It had limited value, even to the average trumpeter, as it was built for a left-handed player; most trumpeters play right-handed.”
“He is playing regularly against right-handed pitchers and has been batting fifth, Guillen's spot, since coming up from the minors.”
“The biggest problem presented to you is that right behind him is a powerful right-handed hitter.”
“Despite his stunning performance out of the bullpen, especially against right-handed hitters — who went 4-for-47 with 21 strikeouts facing Feliz — the 21-year-old Dominican prefers the routine he can establish as a starter.”
“Research by baseball analyst Tom Tango has shown that future performance can be best predicted by looking at a player's overall performance, rather than just his line against left-handed or right-handed pitchers.”
“In fact, his walk rate was actually higher against left-handed pitchers than against right-handed pitchers last year, and his disciplined eye at the plate allowed him to get on base in 37.3% of his plate appearances with a lefty on the mound.”
“If the Nationals decide they'd rather have more power and a right-handed outfield option, another logical name could be Andruw Jones.”
“With Bernadina and Ankiel in the reserve mix, the Nationals could use a right-handed outfield bat.”
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