• The part of the forelimb below the forearm or wrist in a human, and the corresponding part in many other animals.
  • That which resembles, or to some extent performs the office of, a human hand.
  • That which is, or may be, held in a hand at once.
  • That which has the appearance of, a human hand.
  • In linear measurement:
  • A side; part, camp; direction, either right or left.
  • Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill; dexterity.
  • An agent; a servant, or manual laborer; a workman, trained or competent for special service or duty.
  • A performer more or less skilful.
  • An instance of helping.
  • Handwriting; style of penmanship.
  • A person's autograph or signature.
  • Personal possession; ownership.
  • Management, domain, control.
  • Applause.
  • A Native American gambling game, involving guessing the whereabouts of bits of ivory or similar, which are passed rapidly from hand to hand.
  • The small part of a gunstock near the lock, which is grasped by the hand in taking aim.
  • A whole rhizome of ginger.
  • The feel of a fabric; the impression or quality of the fabric as judged qualitatively by the sense of touch.
  • Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance.
  • Agency in transmission from one person to another.
  • Rate; price.


  • To give, pass or transmit with the hand, literally or figuratively.
  • To lead, guide, or assist with the hand; to conduct.
  • To manage.
  • To seize; to lay hands on.
  • To pledge by the hand; to handfast.
  • To furl.
  • To cooperate.


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  • From Middle English hond, hand, from Old English hand ("hand, side (in defining position), power, control, possession, charge, agency, person regarded as holder or receiver of something"), from Proto-West Germanic *handu ("hand"), from Proto-Germanic *handuz ("hand") (compare Dutch, Norwegian Nynorsk, Swedish hand, German Hand, West Frisian hân), of uncertain origin. Perhaps compare Old Swedish hinna, Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌰𐌷𐌹𐌽𐌸𐌰𐌽 ("to take captive, capture"); and Latvian sīts ("hunting spear"), Ancient Greek κεντέω ("prick"), Albanian çandër ("pitchfork, prop").

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