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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of one who uses their right hand in preference to, or more skillfully than their left.
  • adj. Intended to be worn on, or used by the right hand.
  • adj. Turning or spiralling from left to right; clockwise.
  • adj. Of a particle for which the direction of its spin is the same as the direction of its motion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. Having the whorls rising from left to right; dextral; -- said of spiral shells. See Illust. of Scalaria.

from The 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

  • adj. rotating to the right
  • adj. using or intended for the right hand


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