HAND, n. [L. hendo, in prehendo.]
10. Conveyance; agency in transmitting.
11. Possession; power. The estate is in the hands of the owner. The papers are in my hands.
12. The cards held at a game; hence, a game.
13. That which performs the office of the hand or of a finger in pointing; as the hand of a clock; the hour hand, and the minute hand.
14. A person; an agent; a man employed in agency or service. The mason employs twenty hands.
15. Form of writing; style of penmanship; as a good hand; a bad hand; a fine hand.
16. Agency; service; ministry. Ex.4. Lev.8.
17. In Scripture, the hand of God, is his eternal purpose and executive power. Acts.4.
18. The providential bounty of God. Ps.104.
19. The power of God exerted in judgments or mercies, in punishing or defending. Judges. 2. Ps.32.
20. The spirit of God; divine influence. 1 Kings 18.
21. The favor of God, or his support. Neh.2. Luke 1.
At hand, near; either present and within reach, or not far distant.
By hand, with the hands,in distinction from the instrumentality of tools, engines or animals; as, to weed a garden by hand; to lift, draw or carry by hand.
In hand, present payment; in respect to the receiver.
At my hand, at his hand, &c., denote from the person or being.
Of hand, in present possession; as,he has a supply of goods on hand.
Off hand, without delay, hesitation or difficulty; immediately; dexterously; without previous preparation.
Out of hand, ready payment; with regard to the payer.
To his hand, to my hand, &c., in readiness; already prepared; ready to be received.
Under his hand, under her hand, &c., with the proper writing or signature of the name.
Hand over head, negligently; rashly; without seeing what one does. [Little used.]
Hand over hand, by passing the hands alternately one before or above another, as to climb hand over hand; also, rapidly, as to come up with a chase hand over hand; ;used by seamen.
Hand to hand, in close union; close fight.
Hand in hand, in union; conjointly; unitedly.
To join hand in hand, is to unite efforts and act in concert.
Hand in hand, fit; pat; suitable.
Hand to mouth. To live from hand to mouth, is to obtain food and other necessaries, as want requires, without making previous provision, or having an abundant previous supply.
To bear in hand, to keep in expectation; to elude. [Not used.]
To bear a hand, to hasten; a seaman's phrase.
To be hand and glove, to be intimate and familiar, as friends or associates.
To set the hand to, to engage in; to undertake.
To take in hand, to attempt; to undertake. Luke 1. Also, to seize and deal with.
To have a hand in, to be concerned in; to have a part or concern in doing; to have an agency in.
To put the last hand or finishing hand to, to complete; to perfect; to make the last corrections, or give the final polish.
To change hands, to change sides; to shift.
Hand, in the sense of rate, price, terms, conditions, as used by Bacon, Taylor, &c., is obsolete; as, "to buy at a dear hand;" "accept the mystery, but at no hand wrest it by pride or ignorance." So in the sense of advantage, gain, superiority, as used by Hayward; and in that of competition, content, as used by Shakespeare.
To get hand, to gain influence, is obsolete.
A heavy hand, severity or oppression.
A light hand, gentleness; moderation.
A strict hand, severe discipline; rigorous government.
Hands off, a vulgar phrase for keep off, forbear.
pour water on the hands, in the phraseology of the Scriptures, is to serve or minister to. 2 Kings 3.
To wash the hands, to profess in innocence. Matt.27.
To kiss the hand, imports adoration. Job.31.
To lean on the hand, imports familiarity. 2 Kings.5.
To strike hands, to make a contract, or to become surety for another's debt or good behavior. Prov.17.
Putting the hand under the thigh, was an ancient ceremony used in swearing.
To give the hand, is to make a covenant with one, or to unite with him in design. 2 Kings.10.
The stretching out of the hand, denotes an exertion of power. But,
The stretching out of the hand to God, imports earnest prayer or solemn dedication of one's self to him. Ps.68, and 143.
The lifting of the hand, was used in affirmation and swearing, and in prayer imported a solemn wishing of blessings from God. Gen.14. Lev.19.
To lift the hand against a superior, to rebel. 2 Sam.20.
To put forth the hand against one, to kill him. 1 Sam.24.
To put one's hand to a neighbor's goods, to steal them. Ex.22.
To lay hands on in anger, to assault or seize, or to smite. Ex.24. Is.11.
To lay the hand on the mouth, imports silence. Job.40.
The laying on of hands, was also a ceremony used in consecrating one to office. Num.27. 1 Tim.4.
Hiding the hand in the bosom, denotes idleness; inactivity; sluggishness. Prov.19.
The clapping of hands, denotes joy and rejoicing. But in some instances, contempt or derision, or joy at the calamities of others. Ps.47. Ezek.25.
A station at the right hand is honorable, and denotes favor, approbation or honor. A station on the left hand is less honorable. Matt.20.
's standing at the right hand of men, imports his regard for them, and his readiness to defend and assist them. Ps.16.
Satan's standing at the right hand of men, imports his readiness to accuse them, or to hinder or torment them. Zech.3.
Clean hands, denotes innocence and a blameless and holy life. Ps.24.
A slack hand, denotes idleness; carelessness; sloth. Prov.10.
The right hand, denotes power; strength. Ex.15.
HAND, v.t. To give or transmit with the hand.
To hand down, to transmit in succession, as from father to son, or from predecessor to successor. Fables are handed down from age to age.