hand

Your hand is the appendage with fingers at the end of your arm. When you clap your hands, you loudly smack their palms together to express your appreciation and enthusiasm.

Human hands have 27 bones, as well as extremely dextrous thumbs that make it possible for us to do things that very few animals can do. Your hands enable you to pick up small things, hold a baby, pet a cat, speak in American Sign Language, chop vegetables for a salad, and many other things. When you clap, you give someone a hand, or applaud them — and another way to lend a hand is to help someone out.

Definitions of hand
  1. noun
    the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb
    “he had the hands of a surgeon”
    synonyms: manus, mitt, paw
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    clenched fist, fist
    a hand with the fingers clenched in the palm (as for hitting)
    hooks, maulers, meat hooks
    large strong hand (as of a fighter)
    right, right hand
    the hand that is on the right side of the body
    left, left hand
    the hand that is on the left side of the body
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    extremity
    that part of a limb that is farthest from the torso
  2. noun
    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”
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    forepaw
    front paw; analogous to the human hand
  3. noun
    a hired laborer on a farm or ranch
    “the hired hand fixed the railing”
    “a ranch hand
    synonyms: hired hand, hired man
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    farm worker, farmhand, field hand, fieldhand
    a hired hand on a farm
    drover, herder, herdsman
    someone who drives a herd
    ranch hand
    a hired hand on a ranch
    groom, hostler, ostler, stableboy, stableman
    someone employed in a stable to take care of the horses
    cattleman, cowboy, cowhand, cowherd, cowman, cowpoke, cowpuncher, puncher
    a hired hand who tends cattle and performs other duties on horseback
    dairymaid, milkmaid
    a woman who works in a dairy
    dairyman
    a man who works in a dairy
    farmerette
    a woman working on a farm
    gleaner
    someone who picks up grain left in the field by the harvesters
    goat herder, goatherd
    a person who tends a flock of goats
    harvester, reaper
    someone who helps to gather the harvest
    picker
    someone who gathers crops or fruits etc.
    ploughman, plower, plowman
    a man who plows
    sheepherder, sheepman, shepherd
    a herder of sheep (on an open range); someone who keeps the sheep together in a flock
    pigman, swineherd
    a herder or swine
    waterer
    someone who waters plants or crops
    weeder
    a farmhand hired to remove weeds
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    jack, laborer, labourer, manual laborer
    someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor
  4. noun
    a member of the crew of a ship
    “all hands on deck”
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    crewman, sailor
    any member of a ship's crew
  5. noun
    physical assistance
    “give me a hand with the chores”
    synonyms: helping hand
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    aid, assist, assistance, help
    the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
  6. verb
    place into the hands or custody of
    hand me the spoon, please”
    synonyms: give, pass, pass on, reach, turn over
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    give
    leave with; give temporarily
    slip, sneak
    pass on stealthily
    deal
    give (a specific card) to a player
    deliver, fork out, fork over, fork up, hand over, render, turn in
    to surrender someone or something to another
    free, give up, release, relinquish, resign
    part with a possession or right
    commit, confide, entrust, intrust, trust
    confer a trust upon
    entrust, leave
    put into the care or protection of someone
    commend
    give to in charge
    derequisition
    release from government control
    bail
    deliver something in trust to somebody for a special purpose and for a limited period
    give away
    formally hand over to the bridegroom in marriage; of a bride by her father
    give, sacrifice
    endure the loss of
    charge, consign
    give over to another for care or safekeeping
    recommit
    commit again
    obligate
    commit in order to fulfill an obligation
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    transfer
    cause to change ownership
  7. verb
    guide or conduct or usher somewhere
    hand the elderly lady into the taxi”
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    conduct, direct, guide, lead, take
    take somebody somewhere
  8. noun
    something written by hand
    “his hand was illegible”
    synonyms: handwriting, script
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    shorthand, stenography, tachygraphy
    a method of writing rapidly
    cursive, cursive script, longhand, running hand
    rapid handwriting in which letters are set down in full and are cursively connected within words without lifting the writing implement from the paper
    calligraphy, chirography, penmanship
    beautiful handwriting
    cacography, scratch, scrawl, scribble
    poor handwriting
    minuscule
    a small cursive script developed from uncial between the 7th and 9th centuries and used in medieval manuscripts
    copperplate
    a graceful style of handwriting based on the writing used on copperplate engravings
    italic
    a style of handwriting with the letters slanting to the right
    round hand
    a clearly written style of longhand with large round curves
    chicken scratch
    cramped or illegible handwriting
    squiggle
    an illegible scrawl
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    writing
    letters or symbols that are written or imprinted on a surface to represent the sounds or words of a language
  9. noun
    ability
    “he wanted to try his hand at singing”
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    ability, power
    possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done
  10. noun
    a position given by its location to the side of an object
    “objections were voiced on every hand
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    side
    a place within a region identified relative to a center or reference location
  11. noun
    one of two sides of an issue
    “on the one hand..., but on the other hand...”
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    side
    an aspect of something (as contrasted with some other implied aspect)
  12. noun
    a card player in a game of bridge
    “we need a 4th hand for bridge”
    synonyms: bridge player
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    bidder
    someone who makes a bid at cards
    bridge partner
    one of a pair of bridge players who are on the same side of the game
    contractor, declarer
    the bridge player in contract bridge who wins the bidding and can declare which suit is to be trumps
    pre-emptor, preemptor
    a bidder in bridge who makes a preemptive bid
    raiser
    a bridge partner who increases the partner's bid
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    card player
    someone who plays (or knows how to play) card games
  13. noun
    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
    synonyms: deal
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    bridge hand
    the cards held in a game of bridge
    poker hand
    the 5 cards held in a game of poker
    chicane
    a bridge hand that is void of trumps
    royal flush
    a poker hand with the ace, king, queen, jack, and 10 all in the same suit
    straight flush
    a poker hand with consecutive cards in the same suit
    full house
    a poker hand with 3 of a kind and a pair
    flush
    a poker hand with all 5 cards in the same suit
    straight
    a poker hand with 5 consecutive cards (regardless of suit)
    pair
    a poker hand with 2 cards of the same value
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    accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
    several things grouped together or considered as a whole
  14. noun
    a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece
    “the big hand counts the minutes”
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    hour hand, little hand
    the shorter hand of a clock that points to the hours
    big hand, minute hand
    points to the minutes
    second hand
    hand marking seconds on a timepiece
    sweep hand, sweep-second
    a second hand that is mounted on the same center as the hour and minute hand and is read on the minutes
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    pointer
    an indicator as on a dial
  15. noun
    a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses
    “the horse stood 20 hands
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    handbreadth, handsbreadth
    any unit of length based on the breadth of the human hand
  16. noun
    a round of applause to signify approval
    “give the little lady a great big hand
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    applause, clapping, hand clapping
    a demonstration of approval by clapping the hands together
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