[ US /ˈhænd/ ]
[ UK /hˈænd/ ]
  1. a round of applause to signify approval
    give the little lady a great big hand
  2. a position given by its location to the side of an object
    objections were voiced on every hand
  3. a member of the crew of a ship
    all hands on deck
  4. physical assistance
    give me a hand with the chores
  5. a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece
    the big hand counts the minutes
  6. a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses
    the horse stood 20 hands
  7. ability
    he wanted to try his hand at singing
  8. 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
  9. a hired laborer on a farm or ranch
    the hired hand fixed the railing
    a ranch hand
  10. one of two sides of an issue
    on the one hand..., but on the other hand...
  11. the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time
    he kept trying to see my hand
    I didn't hold a good hand all evening
  12. the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb
    he extended his mitt
    he had the hands of a surgeon
  13. a card player in a game of bridge
    we need a 4th hand for bridge
  14. something written by hand
    his hand was illegible
    she recognized his handwriting
  1. place into the hands or custody of
    He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers
    hand me the spoon, please
    Turn the files over to me, please
  2. guide or conduct or usher somewhere
    hand the elderly lady into the taxi
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How To Use hand In A Sentence

  • The pain in his side was crushing, as if there was a steel hand in there relentlessly closing on an organ. THE COMPANY OF STRANGERS
  • We carried spare water for the rad, a hand pump just in case the Dunlop pressure dropped, and maybe even a canister of petrol.
  • When your bulbs arrive, or you buy them from the garden center, gather everyone together, hand out garden tools and start digging.
  • Secondly, he makes the team too much money, raking in ticket and merchandise sales like crazy.
  • The hat, I think the style was called fedora, had a dark band and a dint in the top, which my father would sometimes correct with a chopping action of his right hand.
  • But then on the other hand, the whole cosmos or universe is based on this love or compassion.
  • On the other hand, a blazer and slacks would probably be acceptable. Times, Sunday Times
  • We had a gam one day, on this voyage, with a Yankee whale-ship, and a first-rate gam it was, for, as the Yankee had gammed three days before with another English ship, we got a lot of news second-hand; and, as we had not seen a new face for many months, we felt towards those Yankees like brothers, and swallowed all they had to tell us like men starving for news. Fighting the Whales
  • It will also host the handball final and semifinals, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair basketball. Times, Sunday Times
  • They missed it because they are too busy bootlicking ObamaCare, on their hands and knees. Political Instability and the Coming Defeat of ObamaCare | RedState
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