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hand

hand

 
pronunciation:
haend
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, adjective
phrases:
on hand, hand down, hand over
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the part on the end of the human arm, used for grasping or holding.
The child held a butterfly in her hand.
 
synonyms:
mitt, paw
similar words:
duke, extremity, fist
definition 2: something resembling a hand.
The monkeys use their hands skillfully in grooming.
similar words:
appendage, claw, paw
definition 3: a worker or laborer.
The farmers always take on extra hands for the harvest.
synonyms:
laborer, worker
similar words:
employee, help, helper, menial, servant, workman
definition 4: the pointer of a clock or dial.
The minute hand fell off the clock.
synonyms:
pointer
similar words:
dial, indicator, needle
definition 5: handwriting.
The doctor wrote his prescriptions in a hand that was barely legible.The letters were written in a very fine hand.
synonyms:
calligraphy, chirography, handwriting, penmanship
similar words:
longhand, scratch, scrawl, scribble, script, writing
definition 6: the cards dealt to each player in a card game.
When he was finally dealt a good hand, he bet heavily.
 
similar words:
cards, deal
definition 7: help; assistance.
Let me give you a hand with those heavy boxes.
synonyms:
aid, assistance, help
similar words:
assist, boost, relief, support
definition 8: a pledge of marriage or permission for a marriage.
Looking deep into her eyes, he asked for her hand.He finally got up the courage to ask her father for her hand.
synonyms:
betrothal
similar words:
marriage, matrimony, wedlock
definition 9: a role or share in making something happen.
She had a considerable hand in starting the new business.The police know that he didn't plan the robbery, but they know he had a hand in it.
synonyms:
part, role, share
similar words:
element, factor, force
definition 10: skill; ability.
He has little talent as a performer, but he has a fine hand at composing.
synonyms:
ability, aptitude, talent
similar words:
skill
definition 11: side or direction.
The Queen's coach made its way through the crowd while people on either hand cheered.In the general's portrait, his favorite dog sits at his right hand.
synonyms:
side
similar words:
direction, face, position
definition 12: a round of applause.
The audience gave the singer a great hand.
synonyms:
applause, clapping
similar words:
ovation
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phrase: on hand
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: handed, handing, hands
definition 1: to give or pass to someone, usu. with the hand.
Could you hand me that screwdriver?He handed the money to her somewhat reluctantly.
synonyms:
give, pass
similar words:
bestow, deliver, fork over, present, surrender
definition 2: to guide or help with the hand.
The nurse handed the elderly patient up to the scale.
similar words:
aid, assist, guide, help
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phrase: hand down
phrase: hand over
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: produced or done with the hands, as opposed to with a machine.
This shawl is a very fine example of hand work.
synonyms:
manual
definition 2: suited for carrying in the hand.
hand luggage
synonyms:
portable
similar words:
compact, pocket
definition 3: controlled or operated by the hand.
a hand brake
synonyms:
manual
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