1. (n.) That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in man and monkeys, and the corresponding part in many other animals; manus; paw. See Manus.

2. (n.) That which resembles, or to some extent performs the office of, a human hand

3. (n.) A limb of certain animals, as the foot of a hawk, or any one of the four extremities of a monkey.

4. (n.) An index or pointer on a dial; as, the hour or minute hand of a clock.

5. (n.) A measure equal to a hand's breadth, -- four inches; a palm. Chiefly used in measuring the height of horses.

6. (n.) Side; part; direction, either right or left.

7. (n.) Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill; dexterity.

8. (n.) Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance.

9. (n.) An agent; a servant, or laborer; a workman, trained or competent for special service or duty; a performer more or less skillful; as, a deck hand; a farm hand; an old hand at speaking.

10. (n.) Handwriting; style of penmanship; as, a good, bad or running hand. Hence, a signature.

11. (n.) Personal possession; ownership; hence, control; direction; management; -- usually in the plural.

12. (n.) Agency in transmission from one person to another; as, to buy at first hand, that is, from the producer, or when new; at second hand, that is, when no longer in the producer's hand, or when not new.

13. (n.) Rate; price.

14. (n.) That which is, or may be, held in a hand at once

15. (n.) The quota of cards received from the dealer.

16. (n.) A bundle of tobacco leaves tied together.

17. (n.) The small part of a gunstock near the lock, which is grasped by the hand in taking aim.

18. (v. t.) To give, pass, or transmit with the hand; as, he handed them the letter.

19. (v. t.) To lead, guide, or assist with the hand; to conduct; as, to hand a lady into a carriage.

20. (v. t.) To manage; as, I hand my oar.

21. (v. t.) To seize; to lay hands on.

22. (v. t.) To pledge by the hand; to handfast.

23. (v. t.) To furl; -- said of a sail.

24. (v. i.) To cooperate.

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