hand


hand (http://definr.com/hand)

     n 1: the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb; "he had the
          hands of a surgeon"; "he extended his mitt" [syn: manus,
           mitt, paw]
     2: a hired laborer on a farm or ranch; "the hired hand fixed
        the railing"; "a ranch hand" [syn: hired hand, {hired
        man}]
     3: something written by hand; "she recognized his handwriting";
        "his hand was illegible" [syn: handwriting, script]
     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.)
         Union
     14: physical assistance; "give me a hand with the chores" [syn:
         helping hand]
     v : place into the hands or custody of; "Turn the files over to
         me, please"; "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"
         [syn: pass, reach, pass on, turn over, give]