Meaning of "hand" in Essential American English Dictionary


noun us /hænd/

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 Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)