palm

Your palm is the inside part of your hand. When you clap, you smack your palms together repeatedly.

Your palm extends from your wrist to your fingers. You can hold an orange in your palm or rest your palm on your friend's feverish forehead. Palm can also be a verb, meaning "steal" or "hide inside your hand." So a magician might palm a coin in her palm, and a shoplifter might palm a diamond ring in a jewelry store. Palm trees are named for their leaves' similarity to the fingers of a large hand.

Primary Meanings of palm

1.
nv
the inner surface of the hand from the wrist to the base of the fingers
touch, lift, or hold with the hands
2.
n
a linear unit based on the length or width of the human hand
3.
n
any plant of the family Palmae having an unbranched trunk crowned by large pinnate or palmate leaves
4.
n
an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event
Full Definitions of palm
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n the inner surface of the hand from the wrist to the base of the fingers

Synonyms:
thenar
Type of:
area, region
a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve

v touch, lift, or hold with the hands

Synonyms:
handle
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field
catch or pick up (balls) in baseball or cricket
fumble
handle clumsily
manipulate
hold something in one's hands and move it
manhandle
handle roughly
lay hands on
manage with the hands
mouse
manipulate the mouse of a computer
fiddle with, twiddle
manipulate, as in a nervous or unconscious manner
handle, manage, wield
manage or wield effectively
control, operate
handle and cause to function
knead, massage, rub down
manually manipulate (someone's body), usually for medicinal or relaxation purposes
knead, work
make uniform
mix, ruffle, shuffle
mix so as to make a random order or arrangement
fiddle, monkey, tamper
play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly
diddle, fiddle, play, toy
manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination
Type of:
touch
make physical contact with, come in contact with
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n a linear unit based on the length or width of the human hand

Type of:
linear measure, linear unit
a unit of measurement of length
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n any plant of the family Palmae having an unbranched trunk crowned by large pinnate or palmate leaves

Synonyms:
palm tree
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sago palm
any of various tropical Asian palm trees the trunks of which yield sago
feather palm
palm having pinnate or featherlike leaves
fan palm
palm having palmate or fan-shaped leaves
calamus
any tropical Asian palm of the genus Calamus; light tough stems are a source of rattan canes
fishtail palm
attractive East Indian palm having distinctive bipinnate foliage
Cocos nucifera, coco, coco palm, cocoa palm, coconut, coconut palm, coconut tree
tall palm tree bearing coconuts as fruits; widely planted throughout the tropics
corozo, corozo palm
any of several tropical American palms bearing corozo nuts
Euterpe oleracea, cabbage palm
Brazilian palm of genus Euterpe whose leaf buds are eaten like cabbage when young
Livistona australis, cabbage palm, cabbage tree
Australian palm with leaf buds that are edible when young
Nipa fruticans, nipa palm
any creeping semiaquatic feather palm of the genus Nipa found in mangrove swamps and tidal estuaries; its sap is used for a liquor; leaves are used for thatch; fruit has edible seeds
Raffia farinifera, Raffia ruffia, raffia palm
a large feather palm of Africa and Madagascar having very long pinnatisect fronds yielding a strong commercially important fiber from its leafstalks
lady palm
any of several small palms of the genus Rhapis; cultivated as houseplants
Roystonea regia, royal palm
tall feather palm of southern Florida and Cuba
Roystonea oleracea, cabbage palm
West Indian palm with leaf buds that are edible when young
palmetto
any of several low-growing palms with fan-shaped leaves
Acrocomia vinifera, coyol, coyol palm
tropical American palm having edible nuts and yielding a useful fiber
Acrocomia aculeata, gri-gri, grugru, grugru palm, macamba
tropical American feather palm having a swollen spiny trunk and edible nuts
areca
any of several tall tropical palms native to southeastern Asia having egg-shaped nuts
Arenga pinnata, gomuti, gomuti palm, sugar palm
Malaysian feather palm with base densely clothed with fibers; yields a sweet sap used in wine and trunk pith yields sago
Attalea funifera, Bahia piassava, bahia coquilla, piassava palm, pissaba palm
Brazilian palm yielding fibers used in making ropes, mats, and brushes
Borassus flabellifer, longar palm, lontar, palmyra, palmyra palm, toddy palm, wine palm
tall fan palm of Africa and India and Malaysia yielding a hard wood and sweet sap that is a source of palm wine and sugar; leaves used for thatching and weaving
Calamus rotang, rattan, rattan palm
climbing palm of Sri Lanka and southern India remarkable for the great length of the stems which are used for malacca canes
Calamus australis, lawyer cane
tall scrambling spiny palm of northeastern Queensland, Australia
Caryota urens, jaggery palm, kittul, kitul, kitul tree, toddy palm, wine palm
fishtail palm of India to Malay Peninsula; sap yields a brown sugar (jaggery) and trunk pith yields sago
Ceroxylon alpinum, Ceroxylon andicola, wax palm
palm of the Andes yielding a resinous wax which is mixed with tallow to make candles
Copernicia cerifera, Copernicia prunifera, carnauba, carnauba palm, wax palm
Brazilian fan palm having an edible root; source of a useful leaf fiber and a brittle yellowish wax
Copernicia alba, Copernicia australis, caranda, caranda palm, caranday, wax palm
South American palm yielding a wax similar to carnauba wax
Corypha gebanga, Corypha utan, gebang palm
large-leaved palm of Malay to Philippines and northern Australia; leaves used for thatching or plaiting into containers
latanier, latanier palm
fan palms of the southern United States and the Caribbean region
Corypha umbraculifera, talipot, talipot palm
tall palm of southern India and Sri Lanka with gigantic leaves used as umbrellas and fans or cut into strips for writing paper
oil palm
pinnate-leaved palms of the genus Elaeis having dense clusters of crowded flowers and bright red fruit and yielding high quality palm oils
Metroxylon sagu, true sago palm
Malaysian palm whose pithy trunk yields sago--a starch used as a food thickener and fabric stiffener; Malaya to Fiji
Orbignya martiana, Orbignya phalerata, Orbignya spesiosa, babassu, babassu palm, coco de macao
tall feather palm of northern Brazil with hard-shelled nuts yielding valuable oil and a kind of vegetable ivory
Orbignya cohune, cohune, cohune palm
tropical American feather palm whose large nuts yield valuable oil and a kind of vegetable ivory
Phoenix dactylifera, date palm
tall tropical feather palm tree native to Syria bearing sweet edible fruit
Phytelephas macrocarpa, ivory palm, ivory plant, ivory-nut palm
a stemless palm tree of Brazil and Peru bearing ivory nuts
Raffia taedigera, jupati, jupati palm, jupaty
a tall Brazilian feather palm with a terminal crown of very large leathery pinnatisect leaves rising from long strong stems used for structural purposes
Raffia vinifera, bamboo palm
a palm of the genus Raffia
Rhapis excelsa, bamboo palm, fern rhapis, miniature fan palm
small graceful palm with reedlike stems and leaf bases clothed with loose coarse fibers
Rhapis humilis, reed rhapis, slender lady palm
Chinese lady palm with more slender stems and finer sheath fibers than Rhapis excelsa
Serenoa repens, saw palmetto, scrub palmetto
small hardy clump-forming spiny palm of southern United States
Thrinax parviflora, broom palm, silver thatch, thatch palm, thatch tree
small palm of southern Florida and West Indies closely resembling the silvertop palmetto
Thrinax keyensis, Thrinax microcarpa, Thrinax morrisii, key palm, silver thatch, silvertop palmetto
small stocky fan palm of southern Florida and Cuba
Type of:
tree
a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
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n an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event

Synonyms:
decoration, laurel wreath, medal, medallion, ribbon
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Congressional Medal of Honor, Medal of Honor
the highest U.S. military decoration awarded for bravery and valor in action `above and beyond the call of duty'
Distinguished Service Medal
a United States military decoration for meritorious service in wartime duty of great responsibility
Distinguished Service Cross
a United States Army decoration for extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy
Navy Cross
a United States Navy decoration for extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy
Distinguished Flying Cross
a United States Air Force decoration for heroism while participating in an aerial flight
Air Medal
a United States Air Force decoration for meritorious achievement while participating in an aerial flight
Silver Star, Silver Star Medal
a United States military decoration for gallantry in action
Bronze Star, Bronze Star Medal
a United States military decoration awarded for meritorious service (except in aerial flight)
Order of the Purple Heart, Purple Heart
a United States military decoration awarded to any member of the armed forces who is wounded in action
Oak Leaf Cluster
a United States military decoration consisting of bronze or silver oak leaves and acorns awarded to anyone who has won a given medal before
Victoria Cross
a British military decoration for gallantry
Distinguished Conduct Medal
a British military decoration for distinguished conduct in the field
Distinguished Service Order
a British military decoration for special service in action
Croix de Guerre
a French military decoration for gallantry
Medaille Militaire
a French military decoration
Type of:
accolade, award, honor, honour, laurels
a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

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