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Hand appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Her whole right hand really hurts.

Hand appears in the following pangrams (sentences using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Vex quest wizard, judge my backflop hand. (33 letters)
  • Picking just six quinces, the new farm hand proved strong but lazy. (54 letters)
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Hand appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • Salad names are ironic: I pen a DNA hit, I hand an epic in or I erase mandalas.
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Usage statistics for the noun hand:

spoken English36.08%written English63.92% conversational speech49.04%task-oriented speech50.96% imaginative writing80.43%informational writing19.57%
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Hand is sometimes a misspelling of and, hair, hands or hang.

The word hand is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun hand

What does hand mean as a name of something?

Hand is one of the top 50 most common nouns. It is used mostly in imaginative writing, being the 4th most common noun in imaginative written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: hands

  1. the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb
  2. a hired laborer on a farm or ranch
  3. something written by hand
  4. ability
    • example: he wanted to try his hand at singing
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: ability / power = possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done
  5. a position given by its location to the side of an object
    • example: objections were voiced on every hand
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • more generic word: side = a place within a region identified relative to a center or reference location
  6. the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time
    • examples: I didn't hold a good hand all evening | he kept trying to see my hand
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of hand: deal
    • more generic words: accumulation / aggregation / assemblage / collection = several things grouped together or considered as a whole
    • more specific terms:
    • part: long suit = in a hand, the suit having the most cards
  7. one of two sides of an issue
    • example: on the one hand..., but on the other hand...
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic word: side = an aspect of something
  8. a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece
  9. a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses
    • example: the horse stood 20 hands
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • more generic words: handbreadth / handsbreadth = any unit of length based on the breadth of the human hand
  10. a member of the crew of a ship
    • example: all hands on deck
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic words: crewman / sailor = any member of a ship's crew
  11. a card player in a game of bridge
    • example: we need a 4th hand for bridge
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonym of hand: bridge player
    • more generic term: card player = someone who plays (or knows how to play) card games
    • more specific terms:
      • bidder = someone who makes a bid at cards
      • bridge partner = one of a pair of bridge players who are on the same side of the game
      • contractor / declarer = the bridge player in contract bridge who wins the bidding and can declare which suit is to be trumps
  12. a round of applause to signify approval
  13. terminal part of the forelimb in certain vertebrates (e.g. apes or kangaroos)
    • example: the kangaroo's forearms seem undeveloped but the powerful five-fingered hands are skilled at feinting and clouting
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • more generic word: forepaw = front paw
  14. physical assistance
    • example: give me a hand with the chores
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of hand: helping hand
    • more generic words: aid / assist / assistance / help = the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

Alternative definition of the noun hand


  1. The part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in a human, and the corresponding part in many other animals.
  2. That which resembles, or to some extent performs the office of, a human hand; as,
  3. A limb of certain animals, as the foot of a hawk, or any one of the four extremities of a monkey.
  4. An index or pointer on a dial; such as the hour or minute 'hand' of a clock
  5. In long measure, two different lengths
  6. [obsolete] Three inches, not to be confused with; and,
  7. Four inches, a hand’s breadth, used in measuring the height of horses.
  8. A side; part, camp; direction, either right or left.
  9. Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill; dexterity.
  10. [archaic] Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance.
  11. An agent; a servant, or manual laborer, especially in compounds; a workman, trained or competent for special service or duty; a performer more or less skillful; as,
  12. An instance of helping.
  13. Handwriting; style of penmanship.
  14. A person's signature.
  15. Personal possession; ownership; hence, control; direction; management; — usually in the plural.
  16. That which is, or may be, held in a hand at once.
  17. [gaming, chiefly card games]: The set of cards held by a player.
  18. [context: tobacco manufacturing] A bundle of tobacco leaves tied together.
  19. See Applause.
  20. Agency in transmission from one person to another.
  21. The feel of a fabric; the impression or quality of the fabric as judged qualitatively by the sense of touch.
  22. [obsolete] Rate; price.
  23. Each of the pointers on the face of an analog clock, which are used to indicate the time of day.
  24. [context: firearms] The small part of a gunstock near the lock, which is grasped by the hand in taking aim.
  25. The collective noun for a bunch of bananas.

Definition of the verb hand

What does hand mean as a doing word?

Hand is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: handed | handing | hands

  1. place into the hands or custody of
    • examples: hand me the spoon, please | They hand the food to the people | They hand the people the food
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Destination] [Theme]Amanda shoved John the box | Nora sent me the book
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Nora sent the book
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Destination]Amanda shuttled the children to school | Nora sent the book to London
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Destination] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]TransCanada is shifting its HQ to Calgary from Toronto
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Amanda shoved the box from the corner | Amanda shuttled her children from Philadelphia | Nora sent the book from Paris
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source] to [Destination]Amanda trucked the package from Philadelphia to her mother's house | Nora sent the book from Paris to London

      Verbs of Sending (with the same syntax): airmail, express, forward, mail, pass, send, ship, slip, smuggle, sneak, transmit, wire.

    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of hand: give / pass / pass on / reach / turn over
    • more generic word: transfer = cause to change ownership
    • more specific terms:
  2. guide or conduct or usher somewhere
    • example: hand the elderly lady into the taxi
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: conduct / direct / guide / lead / take = take somebody somewhere


hAND are a three piece progressive/gothic metal band based in Sussex, England. They are signed to UK based label Femme Metal Records.


  1. "Hand" is a song recorded and performed by Jars of Clay. It is the fifth of six radio singles from the band's 1999 studio album, If I Left the Zoo. The single was sent only to Christian adult contemporary radio stations. The song was a writing collaboration between the band's Dan Haseltine and Stephen Mason along with singer-songwriter Jonathan Noël. A different recording of the song appears on Jonathan Noël's album, Hand, with Charlie Lowell lending help on keyboards while Stephen provides guitar work.
  2. "Hand" is a musical album by Tar.
    • released in (25 years ago)
  3. "Hand" is a musical EP of Wax Mannequin.
    • released on (9 years ago)


"Hand" is a 2013 short animation film directed by Daisy Rickman.


Hand Solitaire is a solitaire game using one deck of playing cards, but it can be played in the hand, making it ideal when space is limited.


"Hand" is a painting by Turkish artist Abidin Dino.


  1. Hand is a fictional character by August Strindberg from the play Miss Julie. It has been adapted to several films, plays and operas.
  2. Hand is a fictional character from the 2001 film Falsehood.

There are other characters with in their name, like Hand Job, Red Hand, red-hand, Deck Hand, Glad Hand, glad-hand, Jack Hand, Left Hand, Left-Hand, Mark Hand, Mary Hand, Mill-Hand, Black Hand, Field Hand, Hired Hand, James Hand, Ranch Hand, Ranch-Hand, Randy Hand.


  1. Hand a.k.a. Hand (hieroglyph): The ancient Egyptian Hand is an alphabetic hieroglyph with the meaning of "d"; it is also used in the word for 'hand', and actions that are performed, i.e. by the 'way of one's hands', or actions.
  2. Hand is a print ad.
    • award:
  3. Hand: Handel usually refers to George Frideric Handel, a German/British Baroque composer.
  4. Hand: The distal portion of the upper extremity. It consists of the carpus, metacarpus, and digits.

Phrases with Hand

Phrases starting with the word Hand:

  1. hand ax
  2. Hand in
  3. hand axe
  4. hand job
  5. hand log
  6. Hand net
  7. hand off
  8. hand out
  9. Hand pay
  10. Hand Pie
  11. hand saw
  12. Hand Tab
  13. hand-dye

Phrases ending with the word Hand:

  1. at hand
  2. by hand
  3. in hand
  4. on hand
  5. to hand
  6. big hand
  7. dab hand

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Hand

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Google previewMontreal 2010 - Facing Multiplicity: Psyche, Nature, Culture (2012)

Proceedings of the 18th Congress of the International Association for Analytical Psychology by Pramila Bennett

the invisible hand is the most famous idea in the history of economic ideas. it is an affirmation of self-interest as a value.

What leads them to do so, smith says, is the invisible hand. the invisible hand is a version of what William K. Wimsatt, Jr. ,

Google previewHomiletic Review (1914)

10 THE hand is the most ingenious tool. It was called by Galen the instrument of...

Google previewHow to Read Signs and Omens in Everyday Life (2001)

by Sarvananda Bluestone

The hand is the instrument through which we touch the world.

Google previewA Short Hand Dictionary, to which is Prefixed All the Rules Et Principles of that Useful and Pleasing Art... (1777)

m INTRODUCIÈIQÑ, A N D; ‚ ńIREcTIoNs for the LEARNERl HORT'HAND is an art well known, both with refpeéì to it's plcafure and utility, fo that on this occaiion all elogium is unnecefl'ary; notwithilanding which the knowledge of it is ...

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Usage statistics about hand

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun hand:

spoken English36.08%written English63.92% conversational speech49.04%task-oriented speech50.96% imaginative writing80.43%informational writing19.57%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun hand:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb hand:


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Quotes about Hand

This hand is not very active always, because it was in this hand that I carried my books. My carrying hand was always my strongest. Now I think my other hand has developed more muscles from signing all those autographs. (Haile Gebrselassie)
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Scrabble value of H4A1N1D2

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of HAND

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