Meaning of “palm” in the English Dictionary

"palm" in British English

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palmnoun [ C ]

uk /pɑːm/ us /pɑːm/

palm noun [ C ] (HAND)

C2 the inside part of your hand from your wrist to the base of your fingers:

This tiny device fits into the palm of your hand.
read sb's palm

to look at the lines on the inside of someone's hand and say what these lines say about their character and future

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  • She sighed and rested her chin in the palm of her hand.
  • In a tent an old gypsy woman was reading palms.
  • You've got horribly sweaty palms.
  • He shouted her name and slapped his palms on the table.
  • She was clutching a small coin in the palm of her hand.

palmverb [ T ]

uk /pɑːm/ us /pɑːm/

to make something seem to disappear by hiding it in the palm of your hand as part of a trick, or to steal something by picking it up in a way that will not be noticed:

I suspected that he had palmed a playing card.

(Definition of “palm” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"palm" in American English

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palmnoun [ C ]

us /pɑm, pɑlm/

the inside part of your hand from your wrist to the base of your fingers:

I wiped my palm on my shirt.

(Definition of “palm” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)