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Hand \Hand\, n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand,
OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h["o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh.
to Goth. hinpan to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.]
1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in
man and monkeys, and the corresponding part in many other
animals; manus; paw. See {Manus}.

2. That which resembles, or to some extent performs the
office of, a human hand; as:
(a) A limb of certain animals, as the foot of a hawk, or
any one of the four extremities of a monkey.
(b) An index or pointer on a dial; as, the hour or minute
hand of a clock.

3. A measure equal to a hand's breadth, -- four inches; a
palm. Chiefly used in measuring the height of horses.

4. Side; part; direction, either right or left.

On this hand and that hand, were hangings. --Ex.
xxxviii. 15.

The Protestants were then on the winning hand.
--Milton.

5. Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill;
dexterity.

He had a great mind to try his hand at a Spectator.
--Addison.

6. Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence,
manner of performance.

To change the hand in carrying on the war.
--Clarendon.

Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by my
hand. --Judges vi.
36.

7. An agent; a servant, or laborer; a workman, trained or
competent for special service or duty; a performer more or
less skillful; as, a deck hand; a farm hand; an old hand
at speaking.

A dictionary containing a natural history requires
too many hands, as well as too much time, ever to be
hoped for. --Locke.

I was always reckoned a lively hand at a simile.
--Hazlitt.

8. Handwriting; style of penmanship; as, a good, bad or
running hand. Hence, a signature.

I say she never did invent this letter; This is a
man's invention and his hand. --Shak.

Some writs require a judge's hand. --Burril.

9. Personal possession; ownership; hence, control; direction;
management; -- usually in the plural. ``Receiving in hand
one year's tribute.'' --Knolles.

Albinus . . . found means to keep in his hands the
goverment of Britain. --Milton.

10. Agency in transmission from one person to another; as, to
buy at first hand, that is, from the producer, or when
new; at second hand, that is, when no longer in the
producer's hand, or when not new.

11. Rate; price. [Obs.] ``Business is bought at a dear hand,
where there is small dispatch.'' --Bacon.

12. That which is, or may be, held in a hand at once; as:
(a) (Card Playing) The quota of cards received from the
dealer.
(b) (Tobacco Manuf.) A bundle of tobacco leaves tied
together.

13. (Firearms) The small part of a gunstock near the lock,
which is grasped by the hand in taking aim.

Note: Hand is used figuratively for a large variety of acts
or things, in the doing, or making, or use of which the
hand is in some way employed or concerned; also, as a
symbol to denote various qualities or conditions, as:
(a) Activity; operation; work; -- in distinction from the
head, which implies thought, and the heart, which
implies affection. ``His hand will be against every
man.'' --Gen. xvi. 12.
(b) Power; might; supremacy; -- often in the Scriptures.
``With a mighty hand . . . will I rule over you.''
--Ezek. xx. 33.
(c) Fraternal feeling; as, to give, or take, the hand; to
give the right hand.
(d) Contract; -- commonly of marriage; as, to ask the
hand; to pledge the hand.

Note: Hand is often used adjectively or in compounds (with or
without the hyphen), signifying performed by the hand;
as, hand blow or hand-blow, hand gripe or hand-gripe:
used by, or designed for, the hand; as, hand ball or
handball, hand bow, hand fetter, hand grenade or
hand-grenade, handgun or hand gun, handloom or hand
loom, handmill or hand organ or handorgan, handsaw or
hand saw, hand-weapon: measured or regulated by the
hand; as, handbreadth or hand's breadth, hand gallop or
hand-gallop. Most of the words in the following
paragraph are written either as two words or in
combination.

{Hand bag}, a satchel; a small bag for carrying books,
papers, parcels, etc.

{Hand basket}, a small or portable basket.

{Hand bell}, a small bell rung by the hand; a table bell.
--Bacon.

{Hand bill}, a small pruning hook. See 4th {Bill}.

{Hand car}. See under {Car}.

{Hand director} (Mus.), an instrument to aid in forming a
good position of the hands and arms when playing on the
piano; a hand guide.

{Hand drop}. See {Wrist drop}.

{Hand gallop}. See under {Gallop}.

{Hand gear} (Mach.), apparatus by means of which a machine,
or parts of a machine, usually operated by other power,
may be operated by hand.

{Hand glass}.
(a) A glass or small glazed frame, for the protection of
plants.
(b) A small mirror with a handle.

{Hand guide}. Same as {Hand director} (above).

{Hand language}, the art of conversing by the hands, esp. as
practiced by the deaf and dumb; dactylology.

{Hand lathe}. See under {Lathe}.

{Hand money}, money paid in hand to bind a contract; earnest
money.

{Hand organ} (Mus.), a barrel organ, operated by a crank
turned by hand.

{Hand plant}. (Bot.) Same as {Hand tree} (below). -- {Hand
rail}, a rail, as in staircases, to hold by. --Gwilt.

{Hand sail}, a sail managed by the hand. --Sir W. Temple.

{Hand screen}, a small screen to be held in the hand.

{Hand screw}, a small jack for raising heavy timbers or
weights; (Carp.) a screw clamp.

{Hand staff} (pl. {Hand staves}), a javelin. --Ezek. xxxix.
9.

{Hand stamp}, a small stamp for dating, addressing, or
canceling papers, envelopes, etc.

{Hand tree} (Bot.), a lofty tree found in Mexico
({Cheirostemon platanoides}), having red flowers whose
stamens unite in the form of a hand.

{Hand vise}, a small vise held in the hand in doing small
work. --Moxon.

{Hand work}, or {Handwork}, work done with the hands, as
distinguished from work done by a machine; handiwork.

{All hands}, everybody; all parties.

{At all hands}, {On all hands}, on all sides; from every
direction; generally.

{At any hand}, {At no hand}, in any (or no) way or direction;
on any account; on no account. ``And therefore at no hand
consisting with the safety and interests of humility.''
--Jer. Taylor.

{At first hand}, {At second hand}. See def. 10 (above).

{At hand}.
(a) Near in time or place; either present and within
reach, or not far distant. ``Your husband is at hand;
I hear his trumpet.'' --Shak.
(b) Under the hand or bridle. [Obs.] ``Horses hot at
hand.'' --Shak.

{At the hand of}, by the act of; as a gift from. ``Shall we
receive good at the hand of God and shall we not receive
evil?'' --Job ii. 10.

{Bridle hand}. See under {Bridle}.

{By hand}, with the hands, in distinction from
instrumentality of tools, engines, or animals; as, to weed
a garden by hand; to lift, draw, or carry by hand.

{Clean hands}, freedom from guilt, esp. from the guilt of
dishonesty in money matters, or of bribe taking. ``He that
hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.'' --Job
xvii. 9.

{From hand to hand}, from one person to another.

{Hand in hand}.
(a) In union; conjointly; unitedly. --Swift.
(b) Just; fair; equitable.

As fair and as good, a kind of hand in hand
comparison. --Shak.


{Hand over hand}, {Hand over fist}, by passing the hands
alternately one before or above another; as, to climb hand
over hand; also, rapidly; as, to come up with a chase hand
over hand.

{Hand over head}, negligently; rashly; without seeing what
one does. [Obs.] --Bacon.

{Hand running}, consecutively; as, he won ten times hand
running.

{Hand off!} keep off! forbear! no interference or meddling!


{Hand to hand}, in close union; in close fight; as, a hand to
hand contest. --Dryden.

{Heavy hand}, severity or oppression.

{In hand}.
(a) Paid down. ``A considerable reward in hand, and . . .
a far greater reward hereafter.'' --Tillotson.
(b) In preparation; taking place. --Chaucer. ``Revels . .
. in hand.'' --Shak.
(c) Under consideration, or in the course of transaction;
as, he has the business in hand.

{In one's hand} or {hands}.
(a) In one's possession or keeping.
(b) At one's risk, or peril; as, I took my life in my
hand.

{Laying on of hands}, a form used in consecrating to office,
in the rite of confirmation, and in blessing persons.

{Light hand}, gentleness; moderation.

{Note of hand}, a promissory note.

{Off hand}, {Out of hand}, forthwith; without delay,
hesitation, or difficulty; promptly. ``She causeth them to
be hanged up out of hand.'' --Spenser.

{Off one's hands}, out of one's possession or care.

{On hand}, in present possession; as, he has a supply of
goods on hand.

{On one's hands}, in one's possession care, or management.

{Putting the hand under the thigh}, an ancient Jewish
ceremony used in swearing.

{Right hand}, the place of honor, power, and strength.

{Slack hand}, idleness; carelessness; inefficiency; sloth.

{Strict hand}, severe discipline; rigorous government.

{To bear a hand}
(Naut), to give help quickly; to hasten.

{To bear in hand}, to keep in expectation with false
pretenses. [Obs.] --Shak.

{To be} {hand and glove, or in glove} {with}. See under
{Glove}.

{To be on the mending hand}, to be convalescent or improving.


{To bring up by hand}, to feed (an infant) without suckling
it.

{To change hand}. See {Change}.

{To change hands}, to change sides, or change owners.
--Hudibras.

{To clap the hands}, to express joy or applause, as by
striking the palms of the hands together.

{To come to hand}, to be received; to be taken into
possession; as, the letter came to hand yesterday.

{To get hand}, to gain influence. [Obs.]

Appetites have . . . got such a hand over them.
--Baxter.

{To got one's hand in}, to make a beginning in a certain
work; to become accustomed to a particular business.

{To have a hand in}, to be concerned in; to have a part or
concern in doing; to have an agency or be employed in.

{To have in hand}.
(a) To have in one's power or control. --Chaucer.
(b) To be engaged upon or occupied with.

{To have one's hands full}, to have in hand al that one can
do, or more than can be done conveniently; to be pressed
with labor or engagements; to be surrounded with
difficulties.

{To} {have, or get}, {the (higher) upper hand}, to have, or
get, the better of another person or thing.

{To his hand}, {To my hand}, etc., in readiness; already
prepared. ``The work is made to his hands.'' --Locke.

{To hold hand}, to compete successfully or on even
conditions. [Obs.] --Shak.

{To lay hands on}, to seize; to assault.

{To lend a hand}, to give assistance.

{To} {lift, or put forth}, {the hand against}, to attack; to
oppose; to kill.

{To live from hand to mouth}, to obtain food and other
necessaries as want compels, without previous provision.


{To make one's hand}, to gain advantage or profit.

{To put the hand unto}, to steal. --Ex. xxii. 8.

{To put the}

{last, or finishing},

{hand to}, to make the last corrections in; to complete; to
perfect.

{To set the hand to}, to engage in; to undertake.

That the Lord thy God may bless thee in all that
thou settest thine hand to. --Deut. xxiii.
20.

{To stand one in hand}, to concern or affect one.

{To strike hands}, to make a contract, or to become surety
for another's debt or good behavior.

{To take in hand}.
(a) To attempt or undertake.
(b) To seize and deal with; as, he took him in hand.

{To wash the hands of}, to disclaim or renounce interest in,
or responsibility for, a person or action; as, to wash
one's hands of a business. --Matt. xxvii. 24.

{Under the hand of}, authenticated by the handwriting or
signature of; as, the deed is executed under the hand and
seal of the owner.

at the hand of at English (WD) Of Explained:

==English==

Alternative forms

* at someone's hand

Preposition

Inter: en-prep » head=at the hand of
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