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  • Within easy reach; nearby.
  • Near; soon; approaching; imminent.
  • Currently receiving attention.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Under the hand or bridle.

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

  • adj. close in space; within reach
  • adj. close in time; about to occur


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  • Colonel John Haskell was at hand with a thoroughbred mare, famous in the army for her speed.


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  • Overturned wagons and booty of all sorts lay temptingly at hand where it had been left or thrown away by Federals who had been warned that "the rebels" were descending upon them.


  • Well, de Bono suggested that to solve a problem, the thinker should relate the problem at hand to a random input, such as a word chosen by chance in a dictionary, and then see if he can, by connecting the two, open up a new approach to the situation.

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  • As it turns out, we already have models at hand for a modern flatliner “practice of death.”

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  • “There is plenty of evidence now at hand to substantiate all the changes I outline,” he writes in a section titled “Democracy in Overalls.”

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  • We were in my sitting room, where I often spent the afternoons over a little embroidery, sitting by the window with a view of the Loire below, my workbasket at hand on a small walnut table with a charming inlaid pattern of ivory.

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  • Now that Gordon had failed, every general officer and many a man of lesser rank sensed what Lee confided to the President on March 26: The time was at hand to evacuate Richmond and Petersburg and to unite with the forces in North Carolina.23


  • The commander of the garrison at Miletus had sent a message to Alexander offering surrender, but when he heard the Persian fleet was near at hand he reneged on his offer and barred the city gates to the Macedonians.

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  • To be near at hand in the event Frémont was attempting to deceive, Jackson established his camps between South River and Middle River, near Weyer's Cave and Mount Meridian.



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