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  1. [noun] the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb; "he had the hands of a surgeon"; "he extended his mitt"
    Synonyms: manus, mitt, paw

  2. [noun] a hired laborer on a farm or ranch; "the hired hand fixed the railing"; "a ranch hand"
    Synonyms: hired hired man

  3. [noun] something written by hand; "she recognized his handwriting"; "his hand was illegible"
    Synonyms: writing, script

  4. [noun] ability; "he wanted to try his hand at singing"

  5. [noun] a position given by its location to the side of an object; "objections were voiced on every hand"

  6. [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

  7. [noun] one of two sides of an issue; "on the one hand..., but on the other hand..."

  8. [noun] a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece; "the big hand counts the minutes"

  9. [noun] a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses; "the horse stood 20 hands"

  10. [noun] a member of the crew of a ship; "all hands on deck"

  11. [noun] a card player in a game of bridge; "we need a 4th hand for bridge"
    Synonyms: bridge player

  12. [noun] a round of applause to signify approval; "give the little lady a great big hand"

  13. [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

  14. [noun] physical assistance; "give me a hand with the chores"
    Synonyms: helping

  15. [verb] place into the hands or custody of; "hand me the spoon, please"; "Turn the files over to me, please"; "He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers"
    Synonyms: pass, reach, pass on, turn over, give

  16. [verb] guide or conduct or usher somewhere; "hand the elderly lady into the taxi"


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