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Definition 1: physical assistance - [noun denoting act]

Samples where hand or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • give me a hand with the chores

Synonyms for hand in the sense of this definition

(hand is a kind of ...) the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

"he gave me an assist with the housework" "could not walk without assistance" "rescue party went to their aid" "offered his help in unloading"

Definition 2: terminal part of the forelimb in certain vertebrates (e.g. apes or kangaroos) - [noun denoting animal]

Samples where hand or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the kangaroo's forearms seem undeveloped but the powerful five-fingered hands are skilled at feinting and clouting

(hand is a kind of ...) front paw; analogous to the human hand

Definition 3: a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where hand or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the big hand counts the minutes

(hand is a kind of ...) an indicator as on a dial

(... is a kind of hand ) the shorter hand of a clock that points to the hours

(... is a kind of hand ) points to the minutes

(... is a kind of hand ) hand marking seconds on a timepiece

(... is part of hand) a measuring instrument or device for keeping time

Definition 4: the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb - [noun denoting body]

Samples where hand or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he had the hands of a surgeon
  • he extended his mitt

Synonyms for hand in the sense of this definition

(hand is a kind of ...) that part of a limb that is farthest from the torso

(... is a kind of hand ) large strong hand (as of a fighter)

"wait till I get my hooks on him"

(... is a kind of hand ) the hand that is on the left side of the body

"jab with your left"

(... is a kind of hand ) a hand with the fingers clenched in the palm (as for hitting)

(... is a kind of hand ) the hand that is on the right side of the body

"he writes with his right hand but pitches with his left" "hit him with quick rights to the body"

(hand is a part of ...) a more or less rounded anatomical body or mass

"the ball at the base of the thumb" "he stood on the balls of his feet"

(hand is a part of ...) any of the terminal members of the hand (sometimes excepting the thumb)

"her fingers were long and thin"

(hand is a part of ...) the inner surface of the hand from the wrist to the base of the fingers

(hand is a part of ...) the part of the hand between the carpus and phalanges

(hand is a part of ...) dorsal and palmar veins of the hand

(hand is a part of ...) veins connecting the dorsal and palmar veins of the hand or the dorsal and plantar veins of the foot

(hand is a part of ...) dorsal and palmar arteries of the hand

(hand is a part of ...) arteries in the hand and foot that supply the fingers and toes

(... is part of hand) a human limb; technically the part of the superior limb between the shoulder and the elbow but commonly used to refer to the whole superior limb

(... is part of hand) any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage

Definition 5: ability - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where hand or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he wanted to try his hand at singing

(hand is a kind of ...) possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done

"danger heightened his powers of discrimination"

Definition 6: one of two sides of an issue - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where hand or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • on the one hand..., but on the other hand...

(hand is a kind of ...) an aspect of something (as contrasted with some other implied aspect)

"he was on the heavy side" "he is on the purchasing side of the business" "it brought out his better side"

Definition 7: something written by hand - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where hand or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she recognized his handwriting
  • his hand was illegible

Synonyms for hand in the sense of this definition

(hand is a kind of ...) letters or symbols that are written or imprinted on a surface to represent the sounds or words of a language

"he turned the paper over so the writing wouldn't show" "the doctor's writing was illegible"

(... is a kind of hand ) a method of writing rapidly using an abbreviated symbolic system

(... is a kind of 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

(... is a kind of hand ) beautiful handwriting

(... is a kind of hand ) poor handwriting

(hand belongs to category ...) the activity of writing by hand

"handwriting can be slow and painful for one with arthritis"

Definition 8: a round of applause to signify approval - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where hand or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • give the little lady a great big hand

(hand is a kind of ...) a demonstration of approval by clapping the hands together

Definition 9: the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time - [noun denoting group]

Samples where hand or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I didn't hold a good hand all evening
  • he kept trying to see my hand

Synonyms for hand in the sense of this definition

(hand is a kind of ...) several things grouped together or considered as a whole

(... is a kind of hand ) the cards held in a game of bridge

(... is a kind of hand ) the 5 cards held in a game of poker

(hand is a part of ...) in a hand, the suit having the most cards

Definition 10: a position given by its location to the side of an object - [noun denoting location]

Samples where hand or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • objections were voiced on every hand

(hand is a kind of ...) a place within a region identified relative to a center or reference location

"they always sat on the right side of the church" "he never left my side"

Definition 11: a hired laborer on a farm or ranch - [noun denoting person]

Samples where hand or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the hired hand fixed the railing
  • a ranch hand

Synonyms for hand in the sense of this definition

(hand is a kind of ...) someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor

(... is a kind of hand ) a hired hand on a farm

(... is a kind of hand ) someone who drives a herd

(... is a kind of hand ) a hired hand on a ranch

(... is a kind of hand ) someone employed in a stable to take care of the horses

Definition 12: a card player in a game of bridge - [noun denoting person]

Samples where hand or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we need a 4th hand for bridge

Synonyms for hand in the sense of this definition

(hand is a kind of ...) someone who plays (or knows how to play) card games

(... is a kind of hand ) someone who makes a bid at cards

(... is a kind of hand ) one of a pair of bridge players who are on the same side of the game

(... is a kind of hand ) the bridge player in contract bridge who wins the bidding and can declare which suit is to be trumps

Definition 13: a member of the crew of a ship - [noun denoting person]

Samples where hand or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • all hands on deck

(hand is a kind of ...) any member of a ship's crew

Definition 14: a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses - [noun denoting quantity]

Samples where hand or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the horse stood 20 hands

(hand is a kind of ...) any unit of length based on the breadth of the human hand

Definition 15: guide or conduct or usher somewhere - [verb of motion]

Samples where hand or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • hand the elderly lady into the taxi

(hand is a kind of ...) take somebody somewhere

"We lead him to our chief" "can you take me to the main entrance?" "He conducted us to the palace"

Definition 16: place into the hands or custody of - [verb of possession]

Samples where hand or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • hand me the spoon, please
  • Turn the files over to me, please
  • He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers

Synonyms for hand in the sense of this definition

(hand is a kind of ...) cause to change ownership

"I transferred my stock holdings to my children"

(... is a kind of hand ) leave with; give temporarily

"Can I give you my keys while I go in the pool?" "Can I give you the children for the weekend?"

(... is a kind of hand ) pass on stealthily

"He slipped me the key when nobody was looking"

(... is a kind of hand ) give (a specific card) to a player

"He dealt me the Queen of Spades"

(... is a kind of hand ) to surrender someone or something to another

"the guard delivered the criminal to the police" "render up the prisoners" "render the town to the enemy" "fork over the money"

(... is a kind of hand ) part with a possession or right

"I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest" "resign a claim to the throne"

(... is a kind of hand ) confer a trust upon

"The messenger was entrusted with the general's secret" "I commit my soul to God"

(... is a kind of hand ) put into the care or protection of someone

"He left the decision to his deputy" "leave your child in the nurse's care"

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