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  • n  the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb
    he had the hands of a surgeon
  • n  a hired laborer on a farm or ranch
    the hired hand fixed the railing
    a ranch hand
  • n  something written by hand
    she recognized his handwriting
    his hand was illegible
  • n  ability
    he wanted to try his hand at singing
  • n  a position given by its location to the side of an object
    objections were voiced on every hand
  • n  the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time
    I didn't hold a good hand all evening
    he kept trying to see my hand
  • n  one of two sides of an issue
    on the one hand..., but on the other hand...
  • n  a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece
    the big hand counts the minutes
  • n  a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses
    the horse stood 20 hands
  • n  a member of the crew of a ship
    all hands on deck
  • n  a card player in a game of bridge
    we need a 4th hand for bridge
  • n  a round of applause to signify approval
    give the little lady a great big hand
  • n  terminal part of the forelimb in certain vertebrates (e.g. apes or kangaroos)
    the kangaroo's forearms seem undeveloped but the powerful five-fingered hands are skilled at feinting and clouting"- Springfield (Mass.) Union
  • n  physical assistance
    give me a hand with the chores
  • v  place into the hands or custody of
    hand me the spoon, please
  • v  guide or conduct or usher somewhere
    hand the elderly lady into the taxi

  • Regardless of the origin, Napoleon brought right-hand traffic to the nations he conquered, including Russia, Switzerland and Germany.
  • The piano literature for one hand can pretty well be numbered on the fingers of two.
  • The world's first commercially available bionic hand took many hands many years to develop.
News & Articles

  • Left Hand Brewing buys land for possible expansion
    Left Hand Brewing Co. recently paid $660,000 for 2.1 acres of land next to its Boston Avenue brewery, with no immediate plans for the property but a belief that it will be needed in the future.
    June 13, 2013 - Denver Post
  • Hand Grenade Found in Checked Baggage at Rochester Airport
    A California man originally from Rochester was stopped by TSA agents at the Greater Rochester International Airport Wednesday after they say he packed a hand grenade inside his checked baggage.
    June 13, 2013 - YNN Rochester
  • Da'Shawn Hand down to three: Alabama, Florida, Michigan
    Woodbridge junior DL Da'Shawn Hand, considered the top recruit nationally in the Class of 2014, has whittled his top five to three but has serious interest in two additional schools.
    June 12, 2013 - Washington Post

  • Barack Obama in Voice of America
    To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist,Mandela said.
  • Virgil Goode in San Jose Mercury News
    In his letter, Goode said: "When I raise my hand to take the oath on Swearing In Day, I will have the Bible in my other hand. I do not subscribe to using the Koran in any way."
  • Dermot Ahern in New York Times
    Millions of people worldwide saw it was a blatant double hand ball, not to mention a double offside,Ahern said. "We should put the powers that be in the cozy world of FIFA on the spot and demand a replay."

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