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King James Dictionary
HAND, n. L. hendo, in prehendo.
1. In man, the extremity of the arm, consisting of the palm and fingers, connected with the arm at the wrist the part with which we hold and use any instrument.
2. In falconry, the foot of a hawk and in the manege, the fore-foot of a horse.
3. A measure of four inches a palm applied chiefly to horses as a horse 14 hands high.
4. Side part right or left as on the one hand or the other. This is admitted on all hands, that is, on all sides, or by all parties.
5. Act deed performance external action that is, the effect for the cause,the hand being the instrument of action.
Thou sawest the contradiction between my heart and hand.
6. Power of performance skill.
A friend of mine has a very fine hand on the violin.
He had a mind to try his hand at a Spectator.
7. Power of making or producing.
An intelligent being coming out of the hands of infinite perfection.
8. Manner of acting or performance as, he changed his hand.
9. Agency part in performing or executing. Punish every man who had a hand in the mischief. We see the hand of God in this event.
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. Exodus 4Lev 8
17. In Scripture, the hand of God, is his eternal purpose and executive power. Acts 4
18. The providential bounty of God. Psalms 104
19. The power of God exerted in judgments or mercies, in punishing or defending. Judges 2 . Psalms 32
20. The spirit of God divine influence. 1 Kings 18 .
21. The favor of God, or his support. Nehemiah 2Luke 1 .
At hand, near either present and within reach, or not far distant.
Your husband is at hand, I hear his trumpet.
1. Near in time not distant.
The day of Christ is at hand. 2 Thessalonians 2
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.
Receiving in hand one year's tribute.
1. In a state of execution. I have a great work in hand.
At my hand, at his hand, &c., denote from the person or being.
Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? Job 2
Of hand, in present possession as,he has a supply of goods on hand.
1. Under one's care or management.
Jupiter had a farm on his hands.
Off hand, without delay, hesitation or difficulty immediately dexterously without previous preparation.
Out of hand, ready payment with regard to the payer.
Let not the wages of any man tarry with thee but give it him out of hand.
To his hand, to my hand, &c., in readiness already prepared ready to be received.
The work is made to his hands.
Under his hand, under her hand, &c., with the proper writing or signature of the name.
This deed is executed under the hand and seal of the owner.
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.
But from hand to hand is from one person to another.
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.
That the Lord thy God may bless thee, in all thou
settest thine hand to. Dest 23
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. Matthew 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. Proverbs 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. Genesis 14Lev 19
To lift the hand against a superior, to rebel. 2 Samuel 20
To put forth the hand against one, to kill him. 1 Samuel 24
To put one's hand to a neighbor's goods, to steal them. Exodus 22
To lay hands on in anger, to assault or seize, or to smite. Exodus 24Is 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. Numbers 27; 1 Timothy 4
It was also used in blessing persons. Mark 10 .
Hiding the hand in the bosom, denotes idleness inactivity sluggishness. Proverbs 19
The clapping of hands, denotes joy and rejoicing. But in some instances, contempt or derision, or joy at the calamities of others. Psalms 47; Ezekiel 25
A station at the right hand is honorable, and denotes favor, approbation or honor. A station on the left hand is less honorable. Matthew 20
's standing at the right hand of men, imports his regard for them, and his readiness to defend and assist them. Psalms 16
Satan's standing at the right hand of men, imports his readiness to accuse them, or to hinder or torment them. Zechariah 3
Clean hands, denotes innocence and a blameless and holy life. Psalms 24
A slack hand, denotes idleness carelessness sloth. Proverbs 10
The right hand, denotes power strength. Exodus 15
HAND, To give or transmit with the hand.
Hand me a book.
1. To lead, guide and lift with the hand to conduct.
2. To manage as, I hand my oar.
3. To seize to lay hands on. Not used.
4. In seamanship, to furl to wrap or roll a sail close to the yard, stay or mast, and fasten it with gaskets.
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.
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