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Definition for: hand

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English

Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
though get eyes #151: hand young place give

Etymology

Old English hand . Cognate with Dutch hand , German Hand , Swedish hand .

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /hænd/ , SAMPA: /h{nd/
  • Rhymes: -ænd

Noun

hand ( plural hands )

  1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in man and monkeys, and the corresponding part in many other animals; manus; paw. See manus
  2. That which resembles, or to some extent performs the office of, a human hand; as,
    (a) A limb of certain animals, as the foot of a hawk, or any one of the four extremities of a monkey.
    (b) An index or pointer on a dial; such as the hour or minute hand of a clock
  3. A measure equal to a hand’s breadth, four inches; a palm. Chiefly used in measuring the height of horses.
  4. Side; part; direction, either right or left.
  5. Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill; dexterity.
  6. Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance.
  7. An agent; a servant, or manual laborer; a workman, trained or competent for special service or duty; a performer more or less skillful; as,
    a deck hand
    a farm hand
    a sailor.
    an old hand at speaking.
  8. Handwriting; style of penmanship; as,
    a good, bad or running hand . Hence, a signature.
  9. Personal possession; ownership; hence, control; direction; management;usually in the plural.
  10. Agency in transmission from one person to another; as,
    to buy at first hand , that is, from the producer, or when new; at second hand , that is, when no longer in the producer’s hand, or when not new.
  11. (Obsolete): Rate; price.
  12. That which is, or may be, held in a hand at once; as
    (a) (Card Playing): The set of cards held by a player.
    (b) (Tobacco Manufacturing): A bundle of tobacco leaves tied together.
  13. (Firearms): The small part of a gunstock near the lock, which is grasped by the hand in taking aim.
  14. Each of the long narrow flat rods on the face of an analog clock, on big clocks often ornately carved or shaped, which are used to indicate the time of day.
  15. The collective noun for a bunch of bananas.

Usage notes

Hand is used figuratively for a large variety of acts or things, in the doing, or making, or use of which the hand is in some way employed or concerned; also, as a symbol to denote various qualities or conditions, as,

(a) Activity; operation; work;in distinction from the head, which implies thought, and the heart, which implies affection.
His hand will be against every man.Genesis 16:12
(b) Power; might; supremacy; — often in the Scriptures.
With a mighty hand . . . will I rule over you.Ezekiel 20:33 .
(c) Fraternal feeling; as, to give, or take, the hand ; to give the right hand
(d) Contract; — commonly of marriage; as, to ask the hand ; to pledge the hand.

Derived terms

See also

Appendix: Collective nouns

Translations

part of body

  • Afrikaans: hand
  • Albanian: dorë
  • Arabic: يد (yad)
  • Basque: esku
  • Breton: dorn
  • Catalan: mà f . , mans pl .
  • Chinese: 手 (shǒu)
  • Czech: ruka f .
  • Danish: hånd
  • Dutch: hand f .
  • Esperanto: mano
  • Finnish: käsi
  • French: main f .
  • Gamilaraay: mara
  • German: Hand f .
  • Greek: χέρι (khéri) n . , χέρια (khéria) pl .
  • Guaraní: po
  • Hawaiian: lima
  • Hebrew: יד (yad) f .
  • Hindi: हाथ
  • Hungarian: kéz
  • Ido: manuo
  • Ilocano: ima
  • Indonesian: tangan
  • Interlingua: mano
  • Italian: mano f .
  • Japanese: 手 (て, te)
  • Korean: 손 (son)
  • Kurdish: dest
  • Latin: manus f .
  • Maori: ringa
  • Mbabaram: mara
  • Nahuatl: maitl
  • Norwegian: hand
  • Old English: hand f . , folm f .
  • Persian: دَست (dæst)
  • Polish: dłoń f .
  • Portuguese: mão f .
  • Powhatan: metench
  • Rohingya: hát
  • Romanian: mână f .
  • Russian: рука (ruká) f . , кисть руки (kist’ rukí) f .
  • Sardinian: manu f .
  • Slovak: ruka f .
  • Slovene: roka f .
  • Spanish: mano f .
  • Swahili: mkono
  • Swedish: hand c .
  • Tagalog: kamay
  • Tamazight: ⴰⴼⵓⵙ (afus) m .
  • Tupinambá: pó
  • Turkish: el
  • Vietnamese: tay
  • Welsh: llaw f .

pointer of an analogue/analog clock

  • Afrikaans: wyster/wyser, hand
  • Arabic: عقرب (‘aqrab)
  • Catalan: busca, maneta
  • Dutch: wijzer m .
  • Esperanto: montrilo
  • Finnish: viisari, osoitin
  • French: aiguille f .
  • German: Zeiger m .
  • Hebrew: מחוג (mahog) m .
  • Norwegian: viser m .
  • Interlingua: flecha
  • Polish: wskazówka f .
  • Portuguese: ponteiro m .
  • Russian: стрелка (strélka) f .
  • Slovak: ručička f .
  • Spanish: manecilla f . , aguja f .
  • Swedish: visare c .
  • Vietnamese: kim

set of cards held by a player in a card game

  • Afrikaans: hand
  • Catalan: mà
  • Finnish: käsi
  • French: main f .
  • German: Hand f . , Blatt n .
  • Polish: ręka f .
  • Portuguese: mão f .
  • Russian: карты (kárty) pl .
  • Spanish: mano f .
  • Swedish: hand c .
  • Vietnamese: ván

Side; part; direction, either right or left

  • Afrikaans: kant
  • Catalan: mà
  • Dutch: kant m . , zijde f .
  • German: Hand f . , Seite f .
  • Spanish: mano f .
  • Russian: сторона (storoná) f .
  • Swedish: sida, flank
  • Uyghur: قول / қол (qol)
  • Vietnamese: phía, bên (side); hướng (direction); mặt (on one hand...)

Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill; dexterity

  • Catalan: mà
  • Swedish: förmåga, skicklighet

Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance.

  • Vietnamese: tay [1]

An agent; a servant, or manual laborer; a workman, trained or competent for special service or duty; a performer more or less skillful

  • Afrikaans: matroos (ship) werksman (laborer)
  • Arabic: عامل (‘āmil)
  • Dutch: matroos m . (ship), werkman m .
  • Esperanto: matroso, ŝipano, maristo
  • French: matelot m .
  • Portuguese: mão-de-obra f .
  • Russian: рабочий (rabóčij) m .
  • Spanish: obrero m .
  • Vietnamese: công nhân, nhân công (worker); thủy thủ (at sea)

Handwriting; style of penmanship

  • Afrikaans: handskrif
  • Norwegian: handskrift
  • Russian: почерк (póčerk) m .
  • Vietnamese: chữ viết

Personal possession; ownership; hence, control; direction; management;usually in the plural

  • Vietnamese: tay, quyền, quyền hành

That which is, or may be, held in a hand at once

  • Afrikaans: handvol
  • Dutch: handvol n .
  • Esperanto: plenmano
  • German: Handvoll f .
  • Portuguese: mão f .
  • Russian: горсть (gorst’) f .
  • Spanish: manotada f . , puñado m .
  • Vietnamese: ván (a); buộc (b)

(Firearms): The small part of a gunstock near the lock, which is grasped by the hand in taking aim.

  • Afrikaans: handgreep, greep
  • Dutch: greep m . , handgreep m .
  • Basque : esku (1), bosteko (1), erlojuorratz (2), marinel (4), itsasgizon (4), eskubete (6)
  • Breton : dorn m . daouarn pl . , dornioù pl from several beings (1), biz m . , bizied pl . (2), c'hoari m . , jeu f . (3), martolod m . , martoloded pl . (4), micherour m . , micherourien pl . (5)
  • Chinese : 手 (shǒu), 針 (zhēn) (2), 一手牌 (yìshǒupái) (3), 人手 (rénshǒu) (4,5)
  • Greek : δείξτηs (díxtis) m . (2), μοίρασμα (mírasma) n . (3), ναύτης (návtis) m . (4), παλάμη (palámi) f . (6)
  • Indonesian : jarum (2)
  • Interlingua : repartition (3), marinero (4), laborator (5), manata, pugnata (6)
  • Japanese : 針 (はり, hari) (2)
  • Korean : 손 (son) (5), 시계바늘 (sigyebaneul) (2), 패 [牌] (pae) (3), 일손 (ilson) (5)
  • Romanian : mână f . (3); ac n . (2)
  • Spanish : mano de obra f . (5)
  • Turkish : gemici (4), avuç dolusu (6)
  • Welsh : llaw f . (4)

Verb

to hand ( third-person singular simple present hands , present participle handing , simple past handed , past participle handed )

  1. ( transitive ) To give, pass, or transmit with the hand; as
    he handed them the letter.
  2. ( transitive ) To lead, guide, or assist with the hand; to conduct
    to hand a lady into a carriage.
  3. ( transitive ) ( obsolete ) To manage; as, I hand my oar. — Prior
  4. ( transitive ) ( obsolete ) To seize; to lay hands on. — Shakespeare
  5. ( transitive ) ( rare ) To pledge by the hand; to handfast.
  6. ( transitive ) ( nautical ) To furl; — said of a sail. — Totten
  7. ( intransitive ) ( obsolete ) To cooperate. — Massinger

Derived terms

Translations

give, pass or transmit with the hand

  • Afrikaans: aangee (hand to) afgee (hand away)
  • Dutch: overhandigen
  • Esperanto: doni
  • Finnish: ojentaa, antaa
  • French: donner, passer
  • German: reichen
  • Italian: dare, passare
  • Portuguese: dar, entregar, passar
  • Russian: передавать (peredavát’), вручать (vručát’)
  • Swedish: ge, lämna över
  • Vietnamese: đưa (cho)

lead, guide, or assist with the hand

  • Dutch: geleiden, begeleiden, leiden, helpen
  • German: geleiten
  • Portuguese: ajudar, auxiliar, conduzir, guiar
  • Swedish: ledsaga, hjälpa
  • Vietnamese: giúp, đỡ
  • Guaraní : me'ẽ
  • Interlingua : dar, passar
  • Tupinambá : me'eng

References


Dutch

Noun

hand ( plural: handen, diminutive: handje)

  1. hand ( part of the body )

French

Noun

hand m .

  1. ( slang ) handball
    On va jouer au hand, tu veux venir?
    We're going to play handball, you want to come?

Old English

Etymology

Common Germanic * handuz

Noun

hand m .

  1. hand

Swedish

Noun

Inflection for hand Singular Plural
common Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative hand handen händer händerna
Genitive hands handens händers händernas

hand c .

  1. ( anatomy ) hand; the body part
    Han tjatade jämt om att hon måste tvätta händerna.
    He was always nagging on her to wash her hands.
  2. ( card game ) hand; the set of cards held by a player
    Hon fick en bra hand, och satsade högt.
    She was dealt a good set of cards, and placed a high bet.

Other Translations for "hand"

Braille 6 Dot
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Sign Language Spelling
Morse Codehand
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