the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb; "he had the hands of a surgeon"; "he extended his mitt"
a hired laborer on a farm or ranch; "the hired hand fixed the railing"; "a ranch hand"
something written by hand; "she recognized his handwriting"; "his hand was illegible"
ability; "he wanted to try his hand at singing"
a position given by its location to the side of an object; "objections were voiced on every hand"
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"
one of two sides of an issue; "on the one hand..., but on the other hand..."
a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece; "the big hand counts the minutes"
a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses; "the horse stood 20 hands"
a member of the crew of a ship; "all hands on deck"
a card player in a game of bridge; "we need a 4th hand for bridge"
a round of applause to signify approval; "give the little lady a great big hand"
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
physical assistance; "give me a hand with the chores"
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"
guide or conduct or usher somewhere; "hand the elderly lady into the taxi"