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English noun: hand

1. hand (body) the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb


SamplesHe had the hands of a surgeon.
He extended his mitt.


Synonymsmanus, mitt, paw


Broader (hypernym)extremity


Narrower (hyponym)clenched fist, fist, hooks, left, left hand, maulers, meat hooks, right, right hand


Part holonymarteria digitalis, arteria metacarpea, ball, digital arteries, finger, intercapitular vein, metacarpal artery, metacarpal vein, metacarpus, palm, thenar, vena intercapitalis, vena metacarpus


Part meronymarm, homo, human, human being, man

2. hand (person) a hired laborer on a farm or ranch


SamplesThe hired hand fixed the railing.
A ranch hand.


Synonymshired hand, hired man


Broader (hypernym)jack, laborer, labourer, manual laborer


Narrower (hyponym)drover, farm worker, farmhand, field hand, fieldhand, groom, herder, herdsman, hostler, ostler, ranch hand, stableboy, stableman

3. hand (communication) something written by hand


SamplesShe recognized his handwriting.
His hand was illegible.


Synonymshandwriting, script


Broader (hypernym)writing


Narrower (hyponym)cacography, calligraphy, chirography, cursive, cursive script, longhand, penmanship, running hand, scratch, scrawl, scribble, shorthand, stenography, tachygraphy


Domain categoryhandwriting

4. hand (cognition) ability


SamplesHe wanted to try his hand at singing.


Broader (hypernym)ability, power

5. hand (location) a position given by its location to the side of an object


SamplesObjections were voiced on every hand.


Broader (hypernym)side

6. hand (group) the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time


SamplesI didn't hold a good hand all evening.
He kept trying to see my hand.


Synonymsdeal


Broader (hypernym)accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection


Narrower (hyponym)bridge hand, poker hand


Part holonymlong suit

7. hand (cognition) one of two sides of an issue


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


Broader (hypernym)side

8. hand (artifact) a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece


SamplesThe big hand counts the minutes.


Broader (hypernym)pointer


Narrower (hyponym)big hand, hour hand, little hand, minute hand, second hand


Part meronymhorologe, timekeeper, timepiece

9. hand (quantity) a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses


SamplesThe horse stood 20 hands.


Broader (hypernym)handbreadth, handsbreadth

10. hand (person) a member of the crew of a ship


SamplesAll hands on deck.


Broader (hypernym)crewman, sailor

11. hand (person) a card player in a game of bridge


SamplesWe need a 4th hand for bridge.


Synonymsbridge player


Broader (hypernym)card player


Narrower (hyponym)bidder, bridge partner, contractor, declarer

12. hand (communication) a round of applause to signify approval


SamplesGive the little lady a great big hand.


Broader (hypernym)applause, clapping, hand clapping

13. hand (animal) terminal part of the forelimb in certain vertebrates (e.g. apes or kangaroos)


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


Broader (hypernym)forepaw

14. hand (act) physical assistance


SamplesGive me a hand with the chores.


Synonymshelping hand


Broader (hypernym)aid, assist, assistance, help


English verb: hand

1. hand (possession) place into the hands or custody of


SamplesHand me the spoon, please.
Turn the files over to me, please.
He turned over the prisoner to his lawyers.


ExamplesThey hand the food to the people, They hand the people the food


Synonymsgive, pass, pass on, reach, turn over


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)transfer


Narrower (hyponym)commit, confide, deal, deliver, entrust, entrust, fork out, fork over, fork up, free, give, give up, hand over, intrust, leave, release, relinquish, render, resign, slip, sneak, trust, turn in

2. hand (motion) guide or conduct or usher somewhere


SamplesHand the elderly lady into the taxi.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)conduct, direct, guide, lead, take









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