n 1: the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb; "he had the
hands of a surgeon"; "he extended his mitt" [syn: manus
2: a hired laborer on a farm or ranch; "the hired hand fixed
the railing"; "a ranch hand" [syn: hired hand
3: something written by hand; "she recognized his handwriting";
"his hand was illegible" [syn: handwriting
4: ability; "he wanted to try his hand at singing"
5: a position given by its location to the side of an object;
"objections were voiced on every hand"
6: the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given
time; "I didn't hold a good hand all evening"; "he kept
trying to see my hand" [syn: deal
7: one of two sides of an issue; "on the one hand..., but on
the other hand..."
8: a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece; "the big hand
counts the minutes"
9: a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring
horses; "the horse stood 20 hands"
10: a member of the crew of a ship; "all hands on deck"
11: a card player in a game of bridge; "we need a 4th hand for
bridge" [syn: bridge player
12: a round of applause to signify approval; "give the little
lady a great big hand"
13: terminal part of the forelimb in certain vertebrates (e.g.
apes or kangaroos): "the kangaroo's forearms seem
undeveloped but the powerful five-fingered hands are
skilled at feinting and clouting"- Springfield (Mass.)
14: physical assistance; "give me a hand with the chores" [syn:
v : place into the hands or custody of; "Turn the files over to
me, please"; "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"
, pass on
, turn over