Hand - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |hænd|  American pronunciation of the word hand
Brit.  |hænd|  British pronunciation of the word hand
- the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb (syn: mitt, paw)
- a hired laborer on a farm or ranch
- something written by hand (syn: handwriting, script)
- ability
- a position given by its location to the side of an object
- the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time (syn: deal)
- one of two sides of an issue
- a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece
- a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses
- a member of the crew of a ship
- a card player in a game of bridge
- a round of applause to signify approval
- terminal part of the forelimb in certain vertebrates (e.g. apes or kangaroos)
- physical assistance
- place into the hands or custody of (syn: give, pass, pass on, reach, turn over)
- guide or conduct or usher somewhere


These gloves will keep your hands warm.

She put her hands over her eyes.

He sat quietly with his hands folded in his lap.

Do you need a hand?

He grasped the hot metal with his bare hands.

Her father was released from prison by the unbarring hand of death.

The land round his house was in his own hands.

The documents fell into enemy hands.

The condemned man's fate is in the governor's hands.

Give me a hand with the dishes.

Give me a hand with this ladder.

He would not lift a hand to help.

The mountains on either hand become loftier and steeper.

The foreman hired three new hands last week.

All hands on board perished.

Phrasal verbs

hand down  — passed on, as by inheritance
hand out  — give to several people
hand over  — to surrender someone or something to another

Word forms

I/you/we/they: hand
he/she/it: hands
present participle: handing
past tense: handed
past participle: handed
singular: hand
plural: hands
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