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 for Hand
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hand \Hand\ (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw.
     hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h["o]nd, Goth. handus, and
     perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. Hunt.]
     1. 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.
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     2. That which resembles, or to some extent performs the
        office of, a human hand; as:
        (a) A limb of certain animals, as the foot of a hawk, or
            any one of the four extremities of a monkey.
        (b) An index or pointer on a dial; as, the hour or minute
            hand of a clock.
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     3. A measure equal to a hand's breadth, -- four inches; a
        palm. Chiefly used in measuring the height of horses.
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     4. Side; part; direction, either right or left.
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              On this hand and that hand, were hangings. --Ex.
                                                    xxxviii. 15.
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              The Protestants were then on the winning hand.
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     5. Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill;
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              He had a great mind to try his hand at a Spectator.
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     6. Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence,
        manner of performance.
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              To change the hand in carrying on the war.
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              Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by my
              hand.                                 --Judges vi.
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     7. 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.
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              A dictionary containing a natural history requires
              too many hands, as well as too much time, ever to be
              hoped for.                            --Locke.
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              I was always reckoned a lively hand at a simile.
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     8. Handwriting; style of penmanship; as, a good, bad, or
        running hand. Hence, a signature.
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              I say she never did invent this letter;
              This is a man's invention and his hand. --Shak.
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              Some writs require a judge's hand.    --Burril.
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     9. Personal possession; ownership; hence, control; direction;
        management; -- usually in the plural. "Receiving in hand
        one year's tribute." --Knolles.
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              Albinus . . . found means to keep in his hands the
              government of Britain.                --Milton.
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     10. 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.
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     11. Rate; price. [Obs.] "Business is bought at a dear hand,
         where there is small dispatch." --Bacon.
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     12. That which is, or may be, held in a hand at once; as:
         (a) (Card Playing) The quota of cards received from the
         (b) (Tobacco Manuf.) A bundle of tobacco leaves tied
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     13. (Firearms) The small part of a gunstock near the lock,
         which is grasped by the hand in taking aim.
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     Note: Hand is used figuratively for a large variety of acts
           or things, in the doing, or making, or use of which the
           hand is in some way employed or concerned; also, as a
           symbol to denote various qualities or conditions, as:
         (a) Activity; operation; work; -- in distinction from the
             head, which implies thought, and the heart, which
             implies affection. "His hand will be against every
             man." --Gen. xvi. 12.
         (b) Power; might; supremacy; -- often in the Scriptures.
             "With a mighty hand . . . will I rule over you."
             --Ezek. xx. 33.
         (c) Fraternal feeling; as, to give, or take, the hand; to
             give the right hand.
         (d) Contract; -- commonly of marriage; as, to ask the
             hand; to pledge the hand.
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     Note: Hand is often used adjectively or in compounds (with or
           without the hyphen), signifying performed by the hand;
           as, hand blow or hand-blow, hand gripe or hand-gripe:
           used by, or designed for, the hand; as, hand ball or
           handball, hand bow, hand fetter, hand grenade or
           hand-grenade, handgun or hand gun, handloom or hand
           loom, handmill or hand organ or handorgan, handsaw or
           hand saw, hand-weapon: measured or regulated by the
           hand; as, handbreadth or hand's breadth, hand gallop or
           hand-gallop. Most of the words in the following
           paragraph are written either as two words or in
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     Hand bag, a satchel; a small bag for carrying books,
        papers, parcels, etc.
     Hand basket, a small or portable basket.
     Hand bell, a small bell rung by the hand; a table bell.
     Hand bill, a small pruning hook. See 4th Bill.
     Hand car. See under Car.
     Hand director (Mus.), an instrument to aid in forming a
        good position of the hands and arms when playing on the
        piano; a hand guide.
     Hand drop. See Wrist drop.
     Hand gallop. See under Gallop.
     Hand gear (Mach.), apparatus by means of which a machine,
        or parts of a machine, usually operated by other power,
        may be operated by hand.
     Hand glass.
         (a) A glass or small glazed frame, for the protection of
         (b) A small mirror with a handle.
     Hand guide. Same as Hand director (above).
     Hand language, the art of conversing by the hands, esp. as
        practiced by the deaf and dumb; dactylology.
     Hand lathe. See under Lathe.
     Hand money, money paid in hand to bind a contract; earnest
     Hand organ (Mus.), a barrel organ, operated by a crank
        turned by hand.
     Hand plant. (Bot.) Same as Hand tree (below). -- Hand
        rail, a rail, as in staircases, to hold by. --Gwilt.
     Hand sail, a sail managed by the hand. --Sir W. Temple.
     Hand screen, a small screen to be held in the hand.
     Hand screw, a small jack for raising heavy timbers or
        weights; (Carp.) a screw clamp.
     Hand staff (pl. Hand staves), a javelin. --Ezek. xxxix.
     Hand stamp, a small stamp for dating, addressing, or
        canceling papers, envelopes, etc.
     Hand tree (Bot.), a lofty tree found in Mexico
        ({Cheirostemon platanoides), having red flowers whose
        stamens unite in the form of a hand.
     Hand vise, a small vise held in the hand in doing small
        work. --Moxon.
     Hand work, or Handwork, work done with the hands, as
        distinguished from work done by a machine; handiwork.
     All hands, everybody; all parties.
     At all hands, On all hands, on all sides; from every
        direction; generally.
     At any hand, At no hand, in any (or no) way or direction;
        on any account; on no account. "And therefore at no hand
        consisting with the safety and interests of humility."
        --Jer. Taylor.
     At first hand, At second hand. See def. 10 (above).
     At hand.
         (a) Near in time or place; either present and within
             reach, or not far distant. "Your husband is at hand;
             I hear his trumpet." --Shak.
         (b) Under the hand or bridle. [Obs.] "Horses hot at
             hand." --Shak.
     At the hand of, by the act of; as a gift from. "Shall we
        receive good at the hand of God and shall we not receive
        evil?" --Job ii. 10.
     Bridle hand. See under Bridle.
     By hand, with the hands, in distinction from
        instrumentality of tools, engines, or animals; as, to weed
        a garden by hand; to lift, draw, or carry by hand.
     Clean hands, freedom from guilt, esp. from the guilt of
        dishonesty in money matters, or of bribe taking. "He that
        hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger." --Job
        xvii. 9.
     From hand to hand, from one person to another.
     Hand in hand.
         (a) In union; conjointly; unitedly. --Swift.
         (b) Just; fair; equitable.
                   As fair and as good, a kind of hand in hand
                   comparison.                      --Shak.
     Hand over hand, Hand over fist, 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.
     Hand over head, negligently; rashly; without seeing what
        one does. [Obs.] --Bacon.
     Hand running, consecutively; as, he won ten times hand
     Hands off! keep off! forbear! no interference or meddling!
     Hand to hand, in close union; in close fight; as, a hand to
        hand contest. --Dryden.
     Heavy hand, severity or oppression.
     In hand.
         (a) Paid down. "A considerable reward in hand, and . . .
             a far greater reward hereafter." --Tillotson.
         (b) In preparation; taking place. --Chaucer. "Revels . .
             . in hand." --Shak.
         (c) Under consideration, or in the course of transaction;
             as, he has the business in hand.
     In one's hand or In one's hands.
         (a) In one's possession or keeping.
         (b) At one's risk, or peril; as, I took my life in my
     Laying on of hands, a form used in consecrating to office,
        in the rite of confirmation, and in blessing persons.
     Light hand, gentleness; moderation.
     Note of hand, a promissory note.
     Off hand, Out of hand, forthwith; without delay,
        hesitation, or difficulty; promptly. "She causeth them to
        be hanged up out of hand." --Spenser.
     Off one's hands, out of one's possession or care.
     On hand, in present possession; as, he has a supply of
        goods on hand.
     On one's hands, in one's possession care, or management.
     Putting the hand under the thigh, an ancient Jewish
        ceremony used in swearing.
     Right hand, the place of honor, power, and strength.
     Slack hand, idleness; carelessness; inefficiency; sloth.
     Strict hand, severe discipline; rigorous government.
     To bear a hand (Naut.), to give help quickly; to hasten.
     To bear in hand, to keep in expectation with false
        pretenses. [Obs.] --Shak.
     To be hand and glove with or To be hand in glove with.
        See under Glove.
     To be on the mending hand, to be convalescent or improving.
     To bring up by hand, to feed (an infant) without suckling
     To change hand. See Change.
     To change hands, to change sides, or change owners.
     To clap the hands, to express joy or applause, as by
        striking the palms of the hands together.
     To come to hand, to be received; to be taken into
        possession; as, the letter came to hand yesterday.
     To get hand, to gain influence. [Obs.]
              Appetites have . . . got such a hand over them.
     To get one's hand in, to make a beginning in a certain
        work; to become accustomed to a particular business.
     To have a hand in, to be concerned in; to have a part or
        concern in doing; to have an agency or be employed in.
     To have in hand.
         (a) To have in one's power or control. --Chaucer.
         (b) To be engaged upon or occupied with.
     To have one's hands full, to have in hand all that one can
        do, or more than can be done conveniently; to be pressed
        with labor or engagements; to be surrounded with
     To have the (higher) upper hand, or To get the (higher)
     upper hand, to have, or get, the better of another person or
     To his hand, To my hand, etc., in readiness; already
        prepared. "The work is made to his hands." --Locke.
     To hold hand, to compete successfully or on even
        conditions. [Obs.] --Shak.
     To lay hands on, to seize; to assault.
     To lend a hand, to give assistance.
     To lift the hand against, or To put forth the hand
     against, to attack; to oppose; to kill.
     To live from hand to mouth, to obtain food and other
        necessaries as want compels, without previous provision.
     To make one's hand, to gain advantage or profit.
     To put the hand unto, to steal. --Ex. xxii. 8.
     To put the last hand to or To put the finishing hand to,
        to make the last corrections in; to complete; to perfect.
     To set the hand to, to engage in; to undertake.
              That the Lord thy God may bless thee in all that
              thou settest thine hand to.           --Deut. xxiii.
     To stand one in hand, to concern or affect one.
     To strike hands, to make a contract, or to become surety
        for another's debt or good behavior.
     To take in hand.
         (a) To attempt or undertake.
         (b) To seize and deal with; as, he took him in hand.
     To wash the hands of, to disclaim or renounce interest in,
        or responsibility for, a person or action; as, to wash
        one's hands of a business. --Matt. xxvii. 24.
     Under the hand of, authenticated by the handwriting or
        signature of; as, the deed is executed under the hand and
        seal of the owner.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hand \Hand\, v. i.
     To cooperate. [Obs.] --Massinger.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hand \Hand\ (h[a^]nd), n.
     A gambling game played by American Indians, consisting of
     guessing the whereabouts of bits of ivory or the like, which
     are passed rapidly from hand to hand.
     [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hand \Hand\ (h[a^]nd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Handed; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Handing.]
     1. To give, pass, or transmit with the hand; as, he handed
        them the letter.
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     2. To lead, guide, or assist with the hand; to conduct; as,
        to hand a lady into a carriage.
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     3. To manage; as, I hand my oar. [Obs.] --Prior.
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     4. To seize; to lay hands on. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     5. To pledge by the hand; to handfast. [R.]
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     6. (Naut.) To furl; -- said of a sail. --Totten.
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     To hand down, to transmit in succession, as from father to
        son, or from predecessor to successor; as, fables are
        handed down from age to age; to forward to the proper
        officer (the decision of a higher court); as, the Clerk of
        the Court of Appeals handed down its decision.
     To hand over, to yield control of; to surrender; to deliver
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb; "he had
           the hands of a surgeon"; "he extended his mitt" [syn:
           hand, manus, mitt, paw]
      2: a hired laborer on a farm or ranch; "the hired hand fixed the
         railing"; "a ranch hand" [syn: hired hand, hand, hired
      3: something written by hand; "she recognized his handwriting";
         "his hand was illegible" [syn: handwriting, hand,
      4: ability; "he wanted to try his hand at singing"
      5: a position given by its location to the side of an object;
         "objections were voiced on every hand"
      6: 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" [syn: hand, deal]
      7: one of two sides of an issue; "on the one hand..., but on the
         other hand..."
      8: a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece; "the big hand
         counts the minutes"
      9: a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses;
         "the horse stood 20 hands"
      10: a member of the crew of a ship; "all hands on deck"
      11: a card player in a game of bridge; "we need a 4th hand for
          bridge" [syn: bridge player, hand]
      12: a round of applause to signify approval; "give the little
          lady a great big hand"
      13: 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
      14: physical assistance; "give me a hand with the chores" [syn:
          hand, helping hand]
      v 1: 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" [syn: pass, hand,
           reach, pass on, turn over, give]
      2: guide or conduct or usher somewhere; "hand the elderly lady
         into the taxi"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  517 Moby Thesaurus words for "hand":
     Adamite, John Hancock, X, abalienate, accessible, acclaim,
     acclamation, accomplished fact, accomplishment, ace, achievement,
     act, acta, action, administration, adventure, agency, aid, alien,
     alienate, amortize, angle, appendage, applause, approaching, arm,
     arrow, aspect, assign, assist, assistance, at hand, auspices,
     authority, autograph, autography, bakehead, bank, barter, beam,
     being, bequeath, best bower, big hand, black gang, blaze, blow,
     blue-collar worker, body, boilerman, boost, border, bough, bower,
     branch, breadwinner, broadside, buck, bungs, burst of applause,
     cabin boy, calligraphy, cards, care, casual, casual laborer, cat,
     cede, chap, character, charge, cheek, cheer, chips, chirography,
     chop, christcross, cipher, circulate, clap, clapping,
     clapping of hands, claws, close, close by, closely, clubs,
     clutches, coast, come across with, comfort, command,
     commissary steward, common laborer, compass needle, complement,
     confer, connivingly, consign, control, convenient, convey,
     countermark, countersign, countersignature, counterstamp, coup,
     creature, cross, cure, custodianship, custody, customer,
     day laborer, deal out, dealings, deck, deckhand, deckie, deed,
     deed over, deliver, deliver over, demise, deuce, device,
     devolve upon, diamonds, digits, direction, direction post,
     disburse, dish out, dispense, disposal, disposition, disseminate,
     distribute, doing, doings, dole out, domination, dominion, duck,
     dummy, earthling, easily, eclat, effort, effortlessly, empery,
     empire, employee, encore, endeavor, endorsement, enfeoff,
     enterprise, exchange, exploit, face cards, facet, factory worker,
     fait accompli, fangs, feat, feed, fellow, find, finger post,
     fingernails, fingers, fireman, fist, flank, flush, fork over,
     forward, free lance, free-lancer, full house, full-time worker,
     gest, give, give in, give out, give over, give title to, give up,
     go, governance, government, graphanalysis, graphology, graphometry,
     grasp, grip, gripe, groundling, guardianship, guidance, guide,
     guideboard, guidepost, gun loader, gunner, guy, hand, hand down,
     hand in, hand in glove, hand in hand, hand on, hand out, hand over,
     handclap, handclapping, handedness, handiwork, hands, hands down,
     handwriting, handy, haunch, head, hearts, helm, help, helping hand,
     hip, hold, homo, hooks, hospital steward, hour hand, human,
     human being, imminent, imp, in cahoots, in collusion, in league,
     index, index finger, indicator, individual, industrial worker,
     influence, initials, intimately, involvement, iron hand, jack,
     jaws, job, jobber, jobholder, joint, jointly, joker, jowl,
     jurisdiction, keeping, king, knave, laborer, laboring man,
     landing signalman, laterality, lead, left bower, leg, leg up, life,
     lift, like mad, limb, link, living soul, lobe, lobule, lubber line,
     mail orderly, make over, man, management, mandibles, maneuver,
     manuscript, many-sidedness, mark, mark of signature, mastership,
     mastery, maxillae, measure, meathooks, member, menial, mete out,
     migrant, milepost, ministry, minute hand, mitts, moiler, monogram,
     mortal, move, multilaterality, nails, navigator, navvy, near,
     nearby, needle, negotiate, nippers, nose, offer, office temporary,
     offshoot, oiler, on hand, one, operation, operative, organ,
     ovation, oversight, overt act, pack, pair, paleography, palm, part,
     participation, party, pass, pass on, pass out, pass over, passage,
     pastorage, pastorate, pastorship, patronage, paw, pencraft,
     penmanship, penscript, performance, person, personage, personality,
     picture cards, pincers, pinion, planking, plaudit, playing cards,
     pointer, popularity, possession, pounces, power, present,
     present to, proceeding, production, proffer, profile, proletarian,
     protectorship, provide, purser, quarter, queen, quickly,
     radio operator, raj, ramification, rapidly, reach, readily,
     regnancy, reign, reins of government, relief, render, res gestae,
     resign, round, round of applause, roustabout, royal flush, rubber,
     ruff, rule, runner, safe hands, salaried worker, scion, script,
     scription, scrive, seal, self-employed person, sell, servant,
     settle, settle on, share, shoot, shore, side, siding, sigil,
     sign away, sign manual, sign over, signature, signboard, signet,
     signpost, single, singleton, snip, snips, somebody, someone, soul,
     sovereignty, spades, sparks, speedily, spray, sprig, spur,
     steadily, step, steward, stewardess, stewardship, stiff, stoker,
     straight, stroke, stunt, stylography, submit, subscription, succor,
     supervision, supply, support, surrender, sway, swiftly, switch,
     tail, talons, teeth, tellurian, temple, temporary, tender, tendril,
     terran, thing, thing done, thunder of applause, to hand, together,
     toiler, torpedoman, touch, tour de force, trade, transaction,
     transfer, transmit, trey, trick, trump, turn, turn over, tutelage,
     twig, undertaking, unguals, ungulae, unilaterality, visa, vise,
     wage earner, wage slave, wageworker, ward, wardenship, wardship,
     watch, watch and ward, will, wing, work, worker, workgirl,
     workhand, working girl, workingman, workingwoman, workman, works,
     worldling, yeoman, yield

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (February 2016) :

         Have A Nice Day (slang, Usenet, IRC)

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

      [Usenet: very common] Abbreviation: Have A Nice Day. Typically used to
      close a Usenet posting, but also used to informally close emails; often
      preceded by HTH.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

      Have A Nice Day.  Often used sarcastically and in
     connection with HTH, as in:
       > Where's the point of alt.stupidity?
       Between the 't' and the 's'.  HTH.  HAND.

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     Called by Galen "the instrument of instruments." It is the
     symbol of human action (Ps. 9:16; Job 9:30; Isa. 1:15; 1 Tim.
     2:8). Washing the hands was a symbol of innocence (Ps. 26:6;
     73:13; Matt. 27:24), also of sanctification (1 Cor. 6:11; Isa.
     51:16; Ps. 24:3, 4). In Ps. 77:2 the correct rendering is, as in
     the Revised Version, "My hand was stretched out," etc., instead
     of, as in the Authorized Version, "My sore ran in the night,"
       The right hand denoted the south, and the left the north (Job
     23:9; 1 Sam. 23:19). To give the right hand was a pledge of
     fidelity (2 Kings 10:15; Ezra 10:19); also of submission to the
     victors (Ezek. 17:18; Jer. 50:15). The right hand was lifted up
     in taking an oath (Gen. 14:22, etc.). The hand is frequently
     mentioned, particularly the right hand, as a symbol of power and
     strength (Ps. 60:5; Isa. 28:2). To kiss the hand is an act of
     homage (1 Kings 19:18; Job 31:27), and to pour water on one's
     hands is to serve him (2 Kings 3:11). The hand of God is the
     symbol of his power: its being upon one denotes favour (Ezra
     7:6, 28; Isa. 1:25; Luke 1:66, etc.) or punishment (Ex. 9:3;
     Judg. 2:15; Acts 13:11, etc.). A position at the right hand was
     regarded as the chief place of honour and power (Ps. 45:9;
     80:17; 110:1; Matt. 26:64).

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  HAND. That part of the human body at the end of the arm. 
       2. Formerly the hand was considered as the symbol of good faith, and 
  some contracts derive their names from the fact that the hand was used in 
  making them; as handsale, (q.v.) mandatum, (q.v.) which comes from a 
  mandata. The hand is still used for various legal or forensic purposes. When 
  a person is accused of a crime and he is arraigned, and he is asked to hold 
  up his right hand; and when one is sworn as a witness, he is required to lay 
  his right hand on the Bible, or to hold it up. 
       3. Hand is also the name of a measure of length used in ascertaining 
  the height of horses. It is four inches long. See Measure: Ell. 
       4. In a figurative sense, by hand is understood a particular form of 
  writing; as if B writes a good hand. Various kinds of hand have been used, 
  as, the secretary hand, the Roman hand, the court hand, &c. Wills and 
  contracts may be written in any of these, or any other which is 

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  HAND, n.  A singular instrument worn at the end of the human arm and
  commonly thrust into somebody's pocket.

From U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000) :

  Hand -- U.S. County in South Dakota
     Population (2000):    3741
     Housing Units (2000): 1840
     Land area (2000):     1436.580481 sq. miles (3720.726206 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    3.633210 sq. miles (9.409971 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    1440.213691 sq. miles (3730.136177 sq. km)
     Located within:       South Dakota (SD), FIPS 46
     Location:             44.547411 N, 98.985268 W
      Hand, SD
      Hand County
      Hand County, SD

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