hand-n; 25 Senses

Sense Number 1: a prehensile forelimb, as a paw or with fingers

Commentary: HAND[+anatomy][+forelimb][+prehensile]

The guitarist had large, powerful hands.
Three students raised their hands to answer the question.
The chimp grabbed the banana in one hand while swinging from a vine with the other.
We marveled at the tiny claw-like hands of the T-Rex skeleton in contrast to its huge hind quarters.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 13

Sense Number 2: a worker, e.g., laborer, crew member, specialist

Commentary: HAND[+person][+worker][+laborer/+crew/+expert]

The hired hands eat in the kitchen at their ranch.
All hands were called to the fore deck.
The director of the lab is calling an all-hands meeting tomorrow at four.
The President is calling in his top China hands to deal with this.
John is an old hand at billiards.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 10e

Sense Number 3: creator or author of something, as a painter, writer, sculptor

Commentary: HAND[+creator][+painter/+writer/+sculptor]

Experts believe the two paintings are done by the same hand.
He was pleased to see the report reflect his hand in the project.
The cavern presented the hand of nature everywhere in the twisting columns and forms of limestone.
This collection of anonymous poems is clearly the hand of a master.
The hand of an amateur was all over the sloppy burglary of the jewelry store.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 10a

Sense Number 4: a member of a bridge card game

Commentary: HAND[+person][+player][+card][+bridge]

We need a fourth hand for our bridge party tonight.
The dummy hand usually fetches drinks and snacks for the other players.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 11

Sense Number 5: penmanship or writing style

Commentary: HAND[+artifact][+writing][+penmanship]

My hand has become illegible after years of typing at the computer.
The letter was addressed in a round, feminine hand.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 6: a physical pointer or indicator, as on a clock

Commentary: HAND[+artifact][+instrument][+pointer]

What time is it when the little hand is on two and the big hand is on twelve?
A digital clock doesn't indicate the time with hands.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 8

Sense Number 7: a figurative position in relation to other positions, as in arguments

Commentary: HAND[+relation][+position][+figurative][+contextual]

On the one hand, we would enjoy the weather in California, on the other we'd spend a fortune on housing.
There were protests on all hands at the town meeting about banning dogs from the conservation land.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5, 7

Sense Number 8: applause, congratulatory gesture

Commentary: HAND[+activity][+applause]

Let's give the students a hand for their great job.
The audience gave the comedian a big hand as he walked off stage.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 12

Sense Number 9: pledge, as in a marriage proposal

Commentary: HAND[+activity][+speech_act][+pledge][+matrimony]

The prince asked for her hand in marriage.
She wouldn't accept the prince's hand, but instead eloped with the shoemaker.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 10: a physical blow or punch

Commentary: HAND[+activity][+punch]

That boxer has a dangerous left hand.
The defendant maintains he never laid a hand on the plaintiff.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 12

Sense Number 11: give assistance or aid

Commentary: HAND[+activity][+assistance]

The storm victims could use a helping hand right now.
John has offered to lend us a hand moving next week.
They'll need a hand with that new project if you have some spare time.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 14

Sense Number 12: gain control or possession

Commentary: HAND[+state][+control][+advantage/+dominance]

The documents have fallen into enemy hands.
You need to take the upper hand with that spirited stallion.
Their firm will have the upper hand in these negotiations.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 2a, 2b

Sense Number 13: aptitude or ability

Commentary: HAND[+quality][+aptitude]

I decided to try my hand at kite surfing.
Bob decided to try his hand at running a business.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 14: a unit of length, about 4 inches

Commentary: HAND[+quantity][+measure][+length]

The big draft horse stood 20 hands high.
I'd say that filly is about 16 hands.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 9

Sense Number 15: a collection of cards a player holds in a card game

Commentary: HAND[+quantity][+collection][+card]

My last hand contained two pairs and a seven.
John laid out his winning hand for all to see.
That firm's winning hand this year was a bold and innovative marketing strategy. (metaphoric)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 6

Sense Number 16: a unit of game play

Commentary: HAND[+quantity][+episode][+game_play]

We played three hands of poker before Bob joined the game.
I think you folded too soon in the last hand.
This bridge hand Mary is sitting out as the dummy.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 9b

Sense Number 17: a cluster of leaves, as banana or tobacco

Commentary: HAND[+quantity][+cluster][+leaves]

The auctioneer lifted hands of tobacco onto the scale to be weighed.
The man was carrying about twenty hands of bananas on his donkey.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1b-3, 1b-4, 1b-5

Sense Number 18: near or within reach, current

Commentary: Idiom: at_hand

Let's deal with the business at hand before considering the new proposal.
I'll make dinner with whatever is at hand in the pantry.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: at_hand-1, at_hand-2

Sense Number 19: through the action of

Commentary: Idiom: at_the_hand(s)_of

The temple was destroyed at the hands of the enemy.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: at_the_hands_of-

Sense Number 20: performed manually, not by machine or remote process

Her silk wedding gown was sewn entirely by hand.
The documents containing state secrets were only delivered by hand., not through the mail.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: by_hand-1, by-hand-2

Sense Number 21: in one's possession or control

Commentary: Idiom: in_hand

I have the agreement in hand.
She doesn't seem to have those dogs in hand very well.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: in_hand

Sense Number 22: everywhere

Commentary: Idioms: on_all_hands, on_every_hand

There were pitfalls facing us on every hand.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: on_all_hands, on_every_hand

Sense Number 23: available, or in present possession

Commentary: Idiom: on_hand

I always keep tomato paste and dried pasta on hand.
They are keeping some extra officers on hand for the after-game celebrations.
Our VP was not on hand for the meeting this morning.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: on_hand

Sense Number 24: in one's possession

Commentary: Idiom: on_one's_hands

They seem to have a lot of time on their hands.
The regime will have a lot of blood on its hands for these actions.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: on_one's_hands

Sense Number 25: out of control

Commentary: Idiom: out_of_hand

Things have gotten a bit out of hand in the spot energy markets.
The party got out of hand last night.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: out_of_hand