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 (mā′nəs, mä′-)
n. pl. manus
The distal part of the forelimb of a vertebrate, including the wrist and hand or the carpus and forefoot.

[Latin, hand; see man- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -nus
1. (Anatomy) anatomy the wrist and hand
2. (Zoology) the corresponding part in other vertebrates
3. (Historical Terms) Roman law the authority of a husband over his wife
4. (Law) Roman law the authority of a husband over his wife
5. (Historical Terms) English law (formerly) an oath or the person taking an oath
6. (Law) English law (formerly) an oath or the person taking an oath
[C19: Latin: hand]


(ˈmeɪ nəs)

n., pl. -nus.
the distal part of the vertebrate forelimb, including the carpus and the hand or forefoot.
[1820–30; < New Latin, Latin: hand]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.manus - the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limbmanus - the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb; "he had the hands of a surgeon"; "he extended his mitt"
human, human being, homo, man - any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage
arteria digitalis, digital arteries - arteries in the hand and foot that supply the fingers and toes
arteria metacarpea, metacarpal artery - dorsal and palmar arteries of the hand
intercapitular vein, vena intercapitalis - veins connecting the dorsal and palmar veins of the hand or the dorsal and plantar veins of the foot
metacarpal vein, vena metacarpus - dorsal and palmar veins of the hand
arm - a human limb; technically the part of the superior limb between the shoulder and the elbow but commonly used to refer to the whole superior limb
clenched fist, fist - a hand with the fingers clenched in the palm (as for hitting)
hooks, maulers, meat hooks - large strong hand (as of a fighter); "wait till I get my hooks on him"
right hand, right - the hand that is on the right side of the body; "he writes with his right hand but pitches with his left"; "hit him with quick rights to the body"
left hand, left - the hand that is on the left side of the body; "jab with your left"
palm, thenar - the inner surface of the hand from the wrist to the base of the fingers
finger - any of the terminal members of the hand (sometimes excepting the thumb); "her fingers were long and thin"
extremity - that part of a limb that is farthest from the torso
ball - a more or less rounded anatomical body or mass; "the ball at the base of the thumb"; "he stood on the balls of his feet"
metacarpus - the part of the hand between the carpus and phalanges
References in classic literature ?
Know ye what it is, manus imponere in servos Domini?
These root words were so similar to those in use among the great anthropoids as to suggest that the language of the Manus was the mother tongue.
And so, finding Manu only amusing as an occasional playfellow or pet, Meriem poured out her sweetest soul thoughts into the deaf ears of Geeka's ivory head.
This is the reason why Monsieur the Principal has proposed to me the following subject, which has not yet been treated upon, and in which I perceive there is matter for magnificent elaboration-'UTRAQUE MANUS IN BENEDICENDO CLERICIS INFERIORIBUS NECESSARIA EST.
IMPONITE MANUS, and not MANUM-place the HANDS, not the HAND.
Et conversus Deus, ut aspiceret opera quae fecerunt manus suae, vidit quod omnia essent bona nimis; and then the sabbath.
Pulling off his cap, and clasping his hands, he chanted in a shrill voice: "Benedictus dominus Deus meus, qui docet manus meas ad proelium, et digitos meos ad bellum.
These first books we call Manuscripts, from the Latin words manus, a hand, and scribere, to write, for they were all written by hand.
Now, when they saw who it was they merely snarled and grumbled angrily for a moment and then resumed their feeding or their napping which he had interrupted, and he, having had his little joke, made his way to the hollow tree where he kept his treasures hid from the inquisitive eyes and fingers of his fellows and the mischievous little manus.
The award recognized Manus for his decades of devotion and continued service to educators, teachers, musicians and the music community.
Novices have a good record in this race and Manus The Man has proved his ability to stay," said Cunningham.
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