from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The terminal part of the human arm located below the forearm, used for grasping and holding and consisting of the wrist, palm, four fingers, and an opposable thumb.
- noun A homologous or similar part in other animals, as the terminal part of the forelimb in certain vertebrates.
- noun A unit of length equal to 4 inches (10.2 centimeters), used especially to specify the height of a horse.
- noun Something suggesting the shape or function of the human hand, especially.
- noun Any of the rotating pointers used as indexes on the face of a mechanical clock.
- noun A pointer, as on a gauge or dial.
- noun Lateral direction indicated according to the way in which one is facing.
- noun A style or individual sample of writing.
- noun A signature.
- noun A round of applause to signify approval.
- noun Physical assistance; help.
- noun Sports A hand ball in soccer.
- noun The cards held in a card game by a given player at any time.
- noun The number of cards dealt each player; the deal.
- noun A player or participant in a card game.
- noun A portion or section of a game during which all the cards dealt out are played.
- noun One who performs manual labor.
- noun One who is part of a group or crew.
- noun A participant in an activity, often one who specializes in a particular activity or pursuit.
- noun The degree of immediacy of a source of information; degree of reliability.
- noun The strength or force of one's position.
- noun Possession, ownership, or keeping.
- noun Power; jurisdiction; care.
- noun Involvement or participation.
- noun An influence or effect.
- noun Evidence of craft or artistic skill.
- noun An aptitude or ability.
- noun The aesthetic feel or tactile quality of something, such as a fabric, textile, or carpeting, that indicates its fineness, texture, and durability.
- noun A manner or way of performing something.
- noun Permission or a promise, especially a pledge to wed.
- noun A commitment or agreement, especially when sealed by a handshake; one's word.
- intransitive verb To give or pass with or as if with the hands; transmit.
- intransitive verb To aid, direct, or conduct with the hands.
- intransitive verb Nautical To roll up and secure (a sail); furl.
- intransitive verb To give (the ball) directly to a teammate, as in football. Often used with off.
- intransitive verb To carry, strike, or propel (the ball) with the hand or arm in violation of the rules in soccer.
- intransitive verb To make a handoff, as in football. Often used with off.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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“Raise your hand if you thought that Tigh and Adama were going to kiss each other when they were hugging over the death of Liam.” *raises hand* That had me hysterically laughing in my hotel room.
On the one hand, there\'s Obama\'s \ "open hand\" approach that rewards the unclenched fist with a handshake.
So I introduced myself and shook his hand * sniffs hand* and he actually repeated my name * sigh* and I thought I really was going to faint!
Which is, I think, appropriate to think about here in this town — because here, the highest hopes of mankind work hand in hand with the deepest cynicism of man.
Her head and throat and stomach and her hand, her hand, _her hand_ hurt.
The man is to receive the ring from the priest with the three principal fingers of the right hand; and then, holding the _right hand_ of the bride with his own left hand, he shall say, "With this ring," &c.
Thus: -- sē miscet virīs, _he mingles with the men_; contendis Homērō, _you contend with Homer_; dextrae dextram jungere, _to clasp hand with hand_.
I can say that I've never had a moment's uneasiness by (_beating her knee with her hand, stick in left hand_) telling the truth.
If, on the other hand -- pshaw! there _is no other hand_ in such a case.
-- Comp.nom. sg. sīo swīðre hand (_the right hand_),