Meaning of HAND in English


I. ˈhand noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German hant hand

Date: before 12th century



(1) : the terminal part of the vertebrate forelimb when modified (as in humans) as a grasping organ

(2) : the forelimb segment (as the terminal section of a bird's wing) of a vertebrate higher than the fishes that corresponds to the hand irrespective of its form or functional specialization

b. : a part serving the function of or resembling a hand: as

(1) : the hind foot of an ape

(2) : the chela of a crustacean

c. : something resembling a hand: as

(1) : an indicator or pointer on a dial

the hand s of a clock

(2) : index 5

(3) : a cluster of bananas developed from a single flower group

(4) : a branched rootstock of ginger

(5) : a bunch of large leaves (as of tobacco) tied together usually with another leaf


a. : personal possession — usually used in plural

the documents fell into the hand s of the enemy

b. : control , supervision — usually used in plural

left the matter in her hand s


a. : side , direction

men fighting on either hand

b. : one of two sides or aspects of an issue or argument

on the one hand we can appeal for peace, and on the other, declare war

4. : a pledge especially of betrothal or bestowal in marriage


a. : style of penmanship : handwriting

wrote in a fancy hand

b. : signature


a. : skill , ability

tried her hand at sailing

b. : an instrumental part

had a hand in the victory

7. : a unit of measure equal to 4 inches (10.2 centimeters) used especially for the height of horses


a. : assistance or aid especially involving physical effort

lend a hand

b. : participation , interest

had no hand in the decision

c. : a round of applause



(1) : a player in a card game or board game

(2) : the cards or pieces held by a player

b. : a single round in a game

c. : the force or solidity of one's position (as in negotiations)

trying to strengthen their hand


a. : a person who performs or executes a particular work

two portraits by the same hand


(1) : a person employed at manual labor or general tasks

a ranch hand

(2) : worker , employee

employed over a hundred hand s

c. : a member of a ship's crew

all hand s on deck

d. : a person skilled in a particular action or pursuit

e. : a specialist or veteran in a usually designated activity or region

a China hand


a. : handiwork , doings

b. : style of execution : workmanship

the hand of a master

c. : the feel of or tactile reaction to something (as silk or leather)

12. : a punch made with a specified hand

knocked him out with a good right hand

- at hand

- at the hands of

- by hand

- in hand

- on all hands

- on hand

- on one's hands

- out of hand

- to hand

II. adverb

Date: before 12th century

: with the hands rather than by machine

III. transitive verb

Date: 15th century


a. obsolete : to touch or manage with the hands ; also : to deal with

b. : furl

2. : to lead, guide, or assist with the hand

hand a lady into a bus


a. : to give, pass, or transmit with the hand

hand a letter to her

b. : to present or provide with

hand ed him a surprise

- hand it to

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.