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palm 1

a. The inner surface of the hand that extends from the wrist to the base of the fingers.
b. The similar part of the forefoot of a quadruped.
2. A unit of length equal to either the width or the length of the hand.
3. The part of a glove or mitten that covers the palm of the hand.
4. Nautical A metal shield worn by sailmakers over the palm of the hand and used to force a needle through heavy canvas.
5. Nautical The blade of an oar or paddle.
6. The flattened part of the antlers of certain animals, such as the moose.
tr.v. palmed, palm·ing, palms
a. To hold in the palm of the hand.
b. To touch or stroke with the palm of the hand.
2. To conceal in the palm of the hand, as in cheating at dice or cards or in a sleight-of-hand trick.
3. To pick up furtively.
4. Basketball To commit a violation by letting (the ball) rest momentarily in the palm of the hand while dribbling.
Phrasal Verb:
palm off
To dispose of or pass off by deception.
an itchy palm
A strong desire for money, especially bribes.

[Middle English paume, from Old French, from Latin palma, palm tree, palm of the hand; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

palm′ful′ n.

palm 2

1. Any of numerous chiefly tropical evergreen trees, shrubs, or woody vines of the family Arecaceae (or Palmae), characteristically having an unbranched trunk with a crown of large pinnate or palmate leaves having conspicuous parallel venation.
2. A leaf of a palm tree, regarded as an emblem of victory, success, or joy.
3. A small metallic representation of a palm leaf added to a military decoration that has been awarded more than one time.

[Middle English, from Old English and from Old French palme, both from Latin palma, palm of the hand, palm tree (from the shape of the tree's fronds); see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]
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an amount that can be held in the palm of a hand
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But old cricketers do much more, and never find a palmful of water to drown themselves in, whether or not they have won a World Cup, or built a cancer hospital.
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cream cheese 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder or 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped fine 2-3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted (toasting optional) Palmful fresh parsley, minced 2-3 teaspoons fresh or dried rosemary, chopped Crackers, flatbread, or French baguettes Instructions Mix goat cheese, cream cheese, and pepper together.
If a heart patient thinks that taking a palmful of medicines or having a stent inserted in his arteries are assurances against a second heart attack, he or she is in for a disappointment.
He usually pecks at a palmful of trail mix, one chocolate chip or cashew at a time, to sustain himself.
While the actual amount of explosive material was little more than a palmful, shooting the device on its tip resulted in a focused jet of energy that blew a roughly 1-inch hole clean through an 18-inch cedar trunk.
The bricklayer dashed a palmful of water onto a golden bowl of water and when "a great globule, like a ball of crystal, rose to the surface [...] he said T will construct it in this form."' Kramrisch (1958: 65) adds that this principle of inspiration "is released by the rite of the craftsman's initiation and supported by his entire training".
On your food plate, get lots of colours at each meal, fill half the plate with colourful vegetables, quarter plate of meat, fish, eggs or vegan protein and a palmful of complex carbs.
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Apply a palmful of alcohol-based hand sanitizer into your hands, covering all surfaces; rub the sanitizer into the palms of your hands, fingers, back and front of hands and thumbs.
He splashed a palmful of cologne on his cheeks, breathed out and felt as right as rainbows.