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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.


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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