Hand Definition

Define what is Hand?

1. hand, manus, mitt, paw (noun)

the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb.

  • he had the hands of a surgeon.
  • he extended his mitt.
Synonyms: manus, mitt, paw

extremity noun
that part of a limb that is farthest from the torso.


clenched fist, fist noun
a hand with the fingers clenched in the palm (as for hitting).

hooks, maulers, meat hooks noun
large strong hand (as of a fighter).

right hand, right noun
the hand that is on the right side of the body.

left hand, left noun
the hand that is on the left side of the body.

2. hand, pass on, turn over, pass, reach, give (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.

transfer verb
cause to change ownership.


give verb
leave with; give temporarily.

sneak, slip verb
pass on stealthily.

deal verb
give (a specific card) to a player.

fork out, fork over, fork up, hand over, turn in, deliver, render verb
to surrender someone or something to another.

relinquish, resign, give up, release, free verb
part with a possession or right.

entrust, intrust, confide, commit, trust verb
confer a trust upon.

entrust, leave verb
put into the care or protection of someone.

3. hand (verb)

guide or conduct or usher somewhere.

  • hand the elderly lady into the taxi.

lead, guide, take, conduct, direct verb
take somebody somewhere.

4. hired hand, hired man, hand (noun)

a hired laborer on a farm or ranch.

  • the hired hand fixed the railing.
  • a ranch hand.

laborer, labourer, manual laborer, Jack noun
someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor.


farm worker, farmhand, field hand, fieldhand noun
a hired hand on a farm.

drover, herdsman, Herder noun
someone who drives a herd.

ranch hand noun
a hired hand on a ranch.

hostler, ostler, stableboy, stableman, groom noun
someone employed in a stable to take care of the horses.

5. handwriting, script, hand (noun)

something written by hand.

  • she recognized his handwriting.
  • his hand was illegible.
Synonyms: handwriting, script

writing noun
letters or symbols that are written or imprinted on a surface to represent the sounds or words of a language.


shorthand, stenography, tachygraphy noun
a method of writing rapidly.

cursive, cursive script, longhand, running hand noun
rapid handwriting in which letters are set down in full and are cursively connected within words without lifting the writing implement from the paper.

calligraphy, chirography, penmanship noun
beautiful handwriting.

cacography, scrawl, scribble, scratch noun
poor handwriting.

6. hand (noun)


  • he wanted to try his hand at singing.

ability, power noun
possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done.

7. hand (noun)

a position given by its location to the side of an object.

  • objections were voiced on every hand.

side noun
a place within a region identified relative to a center or reference location.

8. deal, hand (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

aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage noun
several things grouped together or considered as a whole.


bridge hand noun
the cards held in a game of bridge.

poker hand noun
the 5 cards held in a game of poker.

9. hand (noun)

one of two sides of an issue.

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

side noun
an aspect of something (as contrasted with some other implied aspect).

10. hand (noun)

a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece.

  • the big hand counts the minutes.

pointer noun
an indicator as on a dial.


hour hand, little hand noun
the shorter hand of a clock that points to the hours.

big hand, minute hand noun
points to the minutes.

second hand noun
hand marking seconds on a timepiece.

11. hand (noun)

a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses.

  • the horse stood 20 hands.

handbreadth, handsbreadth noun
any unit of length based on the breadth of the human hand.

12. hand (noun)

a member of the crew of a ship.

  • all hands on deck.

crewman, sailor noun
any member of a ship's crew.

13. bridge player, hand (noun)

a card player in a game of bridge.

  • we need a 4th hand for bridge.
Synonyms: bridge player

card player noun
someone who plays (or knows how to play) card games.


bidder noun
someone who makes a bid at cards.

bridge partner noun
one of a pair of bridge players who are on the same side of the game.

declarer, contractor noun
the bridge player in contract bridge who wins the bidding and can declare which suit is to be trumps.

14. hand (noun)

a round of applause to signify approval.

  • give the little lady a great big hand.

applause, clapping, hand clapping noun
a demonstration of approval by clapping the hands together.

15. hand (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.

forepaw noun
front paw; analogous to the human hand.

16. helping hand, hand (noun)

physical assistance.

  • give me a hand with the chores.
Synonyms: helping hand

assist, assistance, help, aid noun
the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose.

Nearby Terms

hand and foot (adverb)
in all ways possible

hand and glove (adverb)
in close cooperation

hand ax (noun)
a stone tool with a cutting edge; the stone is held in the hand and used for chopping

hand axe (noun)
a stone tool with a cutting edge; the stone is held in the hand and used for chopping

hand blower (noun)
a hand-held electric blower that can blow warm air onto the hair; used for styling hair

hand brake (noun)
a brake operated by hand; usually operates by mechanical linkage

hand calculator (noun)
a calculator small enough to hold in the hand or carry in a pocket

hand cheese (noun)
any cheese originally molded by hand

hand clapping (noun)
a demonstration of approval by clapping the hands together

hand cream (noun)
moisturizing cream for the hands

hand down (verb)
passed on, as by inheritance

hand drill (noun)
a small portable drill held and operated by hand

hand fern (noun)
tropical American fern with coarsely lobed to palmatifid fronds

hand glass (noun)
a mirror intended to be held in the hand

hand grenade (noun)
a grenade designed to be thrown by hand