from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The amount that a hand can hold.
- noun A small, undefined number or quantity.
- noun Informal One that is difficult to control or handle.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun As much as the hand can grasp or contain.
- noun A unit of length equal to four inches; a hand.
- noun A small quantity or number; a little.
- noun As much as one can hold or manage; full employment.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun As much as the hand will grasp or contain.
- noun obsolete A hand's breadth; four inches.
- noun A small quantity or number.
- noun A person, task, or situation, which is the most that one can manage.
- noun [Obs.] to have one's hands full; to have all one can do.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun As much as the
handwill grasp or contain. - Joseph Addison
- noun obsolete A hand's
breadth; four inches.
- noun A small quantity, usually approximately equal to five, the number of fingers on a hand.
- noun Something which can only be
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun the quantity that can be held in the hand
- noun a small number or amount
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