hand noun Meaning in the Cambridge Essential American Dictionary

Meaning of "hand" in Essential American English Dictionary


A1 the part of your body on the end of your arm that has fingers: I had my hands in my pockets.
hold hands If two people hold hands, they hold each other’s hand.
by hand B1 done or made by a person and not a machine: This sweater has to be washed by hand.
one of the long, thin pieces that point to the numbers on a clock or watch
give someone a hand B1 to help someone: Could you give me a hand with these suitcases?
on the one hand… on the other hand used when you are comparing two different ideas or opinions: On the one hand, I’d like more money, but on the other hand, I don’t want to work longer hours.
(Definition of hand noun from the Websters Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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