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

  • n. The distal part of the forelimb of a vertebrate, including the wrist and hand or the carpus and forefoot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hand, as the part of the fore limb below the forearm in a man, or the corresponding part in other vertebrates.
  • n. The power over other people, especially that of a man over his wife.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The distal segment of the fore limb, including the carpus and fore foot or hand.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The hand.
  • n. In Roman law: Same as dominium, but more commonly used of power over persons.
  • n. More specifically, the power of a Roman husband over his wife: as, in manu (of a woman), under the marital authority.

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

  • n. the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb


Latin, hand; see man-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin manus ("hand"). (Wiktionary)



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