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Definition of "hand" []

  • The terminal part of the human arm located below the forearm, used for grasping and holding and consisting of the wrist, palm, four fingers, and an opposable thumb. (noun)
  • A homologous or similar part in other animals, as the terminal part of the forelimb in certain vertebrates. (noun)
  • A unit of length equal to 4 inches (10.2 centimeters), used especially to specify the height of a horse. (noun)
  • Something suggesting the shape or function of the human hand, especially: (noun)
  • Any of the rotating pointers used as indexes on the face of a mechanical clock. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hand" in a sentence
  • "On the one hand, there\'s Obama\'s \ "open hand\" approach that rewards the unclenched fist with a handshake."
  • "“Raise your hand if you thought that Tigh and Adama were going to kiss each other when they were hugging over the death of Liam.” *raises hand* That had me hysterically laughing in my hotel room."
  • "So I introduced myself and shook his hand * sniffs hand* and he actually repeated my name * sigh* and I thought I really was going to faint!"