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hand

 (hănd)
n.
1.
a. The terminal part of the human arm located below the forearm, used for grasping and holding and consisting of the wrist, palm, four fingers, and an opposable thumb.
b. A homologous or similar part in other animals, as the terminal part of the forelimb in certain vertebrates.
2. A unit of length equal to 4 inches (10.2 centimeters), used especially to specify the height of a horse.
3. Something suggesting the shape or function of the human hand, especially:
a. Any of the rotating pointers used as indexes on the face of a mechanical clock.
b. A pointer, as on a gauge or dial.
4. Printing See index.
5. Lateral direction indicated according to the way in which one is facing: at my right hand.
6.
a. A style or individual sample of writing.
b. A signature: put my hand to the contract.
7. A round of applause to signify approval.
8. Physical assistance; help: gave me a hand with the bags.
9. hands Sports A hand ball in soccer.
10. Games
a. The cards held in a card game by a given player at any time.
b. The number of cards dealt each player; the deal.
c. A player or participant in a card game: We need a fourth hand for bridge.
d. A portion or section of a game during which all the cards dealt out are played: a hand of poker.
11.
a. One who performs manual labor: a factory hand.
b. One who is part of a group or crew: the ship's hands.
12. A participant in an activity, often one who specializes in a particular activity or pursuit: an old hand at labor negotiations.
13.
a. The degree of immediacy of a source of information; degree of reliability: heard the scandalous tale at third hand.
b. The strength or force of one's position: negotiated from a strong hand.
14.
a. often hands Possession, ownership, or keeping: The books should be in your hands by noon.
b. Power; jurisdiction; care: The defendant's fate is in the hands of the jury. Dinner is in the chef's hands.
15.
a. Involvement or participation: "In all this was evident the hand of the counterrevolutionaries" (John Reed).
b. An influence or effect: The manager had a hand in all major decisions.
c. Evidence of craft or artistic skill: can see the hand of a genius even in the lighter poems.
16. An aptitude or ability: I tried my hand at decorating.
17. The aesthetic feel or tactile quality of something, such as a fabric, textile, or carpeting, that indicates its fineness, texture, and durability.
18. A manner or way of performing something: a light hand with makeup.
19.
a. Permission or a promise, especially a pledge to wed.
b. A commitment or agreement, especially when sealed by a handshake; one's word: You have my hand on that.
v. hand·ed, hand·ing, hands
v.tr.
1. To give or pass with or as if with the hands; transmit: Hand me your keys.
2. To aid, direct, or conduct with the hands: The usher handed the patron to a reserved seat.
3. Nautical To roll up and secure (a sail); furl.
4. Sports
a. To give (the ball) directly to a teammate, as in football. Often used with off.
b. To carry, strike, or propel (the ball) with the hand or arm in violation of the rules in soccer.
v.intr. Sports
To make a handoff, as in football. Often used with off.
Phrasal Verbs:
hand down
1. To bequeath to one's heirs.
2. To make and pronounce (an official decision, especially a court verdict).
hand on
To turn over to another.
hand out
1. To distribute freely; disseminate.
2. To administer or deal out.
hand over
To release or relinquish to another.
hand up
To deliver (an indictment) to a higher judicial authority.
Idioms:
at hand
1. Close by; near.
2. Soon in time; imminent: Retribution is at hand.
3. Under discussion: Let's keep to the matter at hand.
at the hand/hands of
By or through the agency of: favors he received at the hands of his uncle.
by hand
By using the hands; manually.
get/lay (one's) hands on
To get possession of; acquire or obtain.
hand and foot
With concerted, never-ending effort: had to wait on them hand and foot.
hand in/and glove
On intimate terms or in close association: "The folklore of American academia says that publishing and teaching go hand in glove" (Edward B. Fiske).
hand in hand
In cooperation; jointly.
hand it to Informal
To give credit to: You've got to hand it to her; she knows what she's doing.
hand over fist
At a tremendous rate: made money hand over fist.
hands down
1. With no trouble; easily.
2. Indisputably; unquestionably.
in hand
1. In one's possession: arrived with the contract in hand.
2. Under control: kept the tense situation in hand.
3. Under consideration: gave her attention to the matter in hand.
4. In preparation or process: With the work finally in hand, we began to see progress.
5. Sports Remaining to be played by one team but not by another: Their team is ahead in the standings, but our team has two games in hand.
off (one's) hands
No longer under one's jurisdiction, within one's responsibility, or in one's care: We finally got that project off our hands.
on hand
1. Present; available: Are there enough people on hand to hold a meeting?
2. About to happen; imminent: What is on hand for this evening?
on/upon (one's) hands
In one's possession, often as an imposed responsibility or burden: Now they have the grandchildren on their hands.
on one/the one hand
As one point of view; from one standpoint.
on the other hand
As another point of view; from another standpoint.
out of hand
1. Out of control: Employee absenteeism has gotten out of hand.
2. Without consideration; immediately: dismissed my complaint out of hand.
to hand
1. Nearby.
2. In one's possession.

[Middle English, from Old English.]

hand′er n.
hand′less adj.

hands

(hændz)
pl n
1. power or keeping: your welfare is in his hands.
2. (Soccer) soccer Also called: handling the infringement of touching the ball with any part of the hand or arm
3. change hands to pass from the possession of one person or group to another
4. clean hands freedom from guilt
5. hands down without effort; easily
6. hands off do not touch or interfere
7. hands up! raise the hands above the level of the shoulders, an order usually given by an armed robber to a victim, etc
8. have one's hands full
a. to be completely occupied
b. to be beset with problems
9. have one's hands tied to be wholly unable to act
10. in good hands in protective care
11. join hands See join12
12. to seize or get possession of
13. to beat up; assault
14. to find: I just can't lay my hands on it anywhere.
15. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity to confirm or ordain by the imposition of hands
16. off one's hands for which one is no longer responsible
17. on one's hands
a. for which one is responsible: I've got too much on my hands to help.
b. to spare: time on my hands.
18. out of one's hands no longer one's responsibility
19. throw up one's hands to give up in despair
20. wash one's hands of to have nothing more to do with

Hands

(hænz)
n
(Biography) Terence David, known as Terry. born 1941, British theatre director: chief executive and artistic director (1986–91) of the Royal Shakespeare Company

Hands


1. the ability to use both hands equally well.
2. an unusual cleverness.
3. deceitfulness. Also ambidexterity.ambidextrous, adj.
a pain in the hand.
a friction caused by rubbing skin with the hand; massage.
a beautifying of the hands. — chirocosmetic, adj.
the theories and activity of palmistry. — chirognomist, cheirognomist, n.
Rare. the study of the hands.
palmistry.
plastic surgery of the hand.
the imposition of hands, usually on the head, in certain rituals, as confirmation and ordination.
1. Ecclesiastic. the extending of the hands in blessing during certain rituals.
2. an election by show of hands.
the state of left-handedness.
the art of telling a person’s character, past, or future by the lines, marks, and mounts on his palms. Also called chiromancy.palmist, n.
the condition of having five digits on each hand and foot. — pendactylate, pendactylic, pendactylous, adj.
the condition of having more than the usual number of digits on a hand or foot which are also excessively large and uneven. — perisso-dactylate, perissodactylic, perissodactylous, adj.
the condition of having more than a normal number of fingers or toes. — polydactylous, adj.
the performance of tricks and illusions by the quick and skillful use of the hands; conjuring; sleight of hand. Also called prestigiation. — prestidigitator, n.prestidigitatorial, prestidigitatory, adj.
an animal, as a monkey, having four hands. — quadrumanous, adj.
the condition of having six fingers on each hand.
a person who has six fingers or six toes.
the condition of being left-handed. — sinistral, adj.
the union of two or more digits, common in many birds such as kingfishers and hornbills. — syndactylic, adj.syndactyly, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hands - (with `in') guardianship over; in divorce cases it is the right to house and care for and discipline a child; "my fate is in your hands"; "too much power in the president's hands"; "your guests are now in my custody"; "the mother was awarded custody of the children"
safekeeping, guardianship, keeping - the responsibility of a guardian or keeper; "he left his car in my keeping"
2.hands - the force of workers availablehands - the force of workers available  
personnel, force - group of people willing to obey orders; "a public force is necessary to give security to the rights of citizens"
full complement, complement - number needed to make up a whole force; "a full complement of workers"
shift - a crew of workers who work for a specific period of time
work party, crew, gang - an organized group of workmen
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It makes me cross, and my hands get so stiff, I can't practice well at all.
Oh, you Wing Biddlebaum, comb your hair, it's falling into your eyes," commanded the voice to the man, who was bald and whose ner- vous little hands fiddled about the bare white fore- head as though arranging a mass of tangled locks.
Some hands now jumped into a boat alongside, and pushed a little off from the ship.
He showed no surprise at seeing another figure, but the unsteady fingers of one of his hands strayed to his lips as he looked at it (his lips and his nails were of the same pale lead- colour), and then the hand dropped to his work, and he once more bent over the shoe.
My guardian was in his room, washing his hands with his scented soap, when I went into the office from Walworth; and he called me to him, and gave me the invitation for myself and friends which Wemmick had prepared me to receive.
I looked round; the princes stood like men amazed; the girl had fled; the chief Umxamama was dead at the hands of dead Masilo; and the old chief Inguazonca, who had killed Masilo, stood by, hurt and wondering; there were no others in the kraal.
There were the two watchmen, sure enough: red-cap on his back, as stiff as a handspike, with his arms stretched out like those of a crucifix and his teeth showing through his open lips; Israel Hands propped against the bulwarks, his chin on his chest, his hands lying open before him on the deck, his face as white, under its tan, as a tallow candle.
At last, the Persian decided to make a movement; and Raoul heard him slip on his knees and feel for something in the dark with his groping hands.
Well dost thou know, ungrateful Quiteria, that according to the holy law we acknowledge, so long as live thou canst take no husband; nor art thou ignorant either that, in my hopes that time and my own exertions would improve my fortunes, I have never failed to observe the respect due to thy honour; but thou, casting behind thee all thou owest to my true love, wouldst surrender what is mine to another whose wealth serves to bring him not only good fortune but supreme happiness; and now to complete it (not that I think he deserves it, but inasmuch as heaven is pleased to bestow it upon him), I will, with my own hands, do away with the obstacle that may interfere with it, and remove myself from between you.
Strapped on either breast were human skulls and depending from these a number of dried human hands.
At midnight, then, I have to ask you to be alone in your consulting room, to admit with your own hand into the house a man who will present himself in my name, and to place in his hands the drawer that you will have brought with you from my cabinet.
Thus he prayed, and Pallas Minerva heard him; she made his limbs supple and quickened his hands and his feet.