hand: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (hand), [key]
  1. to deliver or pass with or as if with the hand.
  2. to help, assist, guide, etc., with the hand: He handed the elderly woman across the street.
    1. to take in or furl (a sail).
    2. to haul on or otherwise handle.
  3. The jury handed down a verdict of guilty.
    1. to deliver (the decision of a court):The jury handed down a verdict of guilty.
    2. to transmit from one to another, esp. to bequeath to posterity:The ring had been handed down from her grandmother.
  4. to submit; present for acceptance: She handed in her term paper after the deadline.
  5. See(def. 7).
  6. to give just credit to; pay respect to: You have to hand it to her for getting the work out.
  7. to hand the ball to a member of one's team in the course of a play.
  8. to transmit; pass on to a successor, posterity, etc.: The silver service was handed on to the eldest daughter of the family.
  9. to give or distribute; pass out: People were handing out leaflets on every corner.
  10. He handed over his business to his children.
    1. to deliver into the custody of another.
    2. to surrender control of:He handed over his business to his children.
  1. of, belonging to, using, or used by the hand.
  2. made by hand.
  3. carried in or worn on the hand.
  4. operated by hand; manual.


Pronunciation: (hand), [key]
  1. 1872–1961, U.S. jurist.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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