• "I shook hands with the three in turn."
    "I shook hands with the three in turn."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj handed having or involving the use of hands "a handed, tree-living animal","a four-handed card game"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Deerslayer in the Hands of the Indians The Deerslayer in the Hands of the Indians
"The elephant uses his nose as a hand." "The elephant uses his nose as a hand."
Hand Shingle-Machine Hand Shingle-Machine
Willie looks out of the window, leaning on his hands on the ledge Willie looks out of the window, leaning on his hands on the ledge
When Dad Put his Hand on Her Shoulder and Petted It 276 When Dad Put his Hand on Her Shoulder and Petted It 276

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Stewardesses is one of the longest words typed with only the left hand
    • Handed Having a peculiar or characteristic hand. "As poisonous tongued as handed ."
    • Handed With hands joined; hand in hand. "Into their inmost bower, Handed they went."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do
    • handed Having hands; provided with hands.
    • handed Having a hand characterized in some specified manner: used especially in composition: as, right-handed, left-handed, empty-handed, full-handed, etc.
    • handed Having the hands joined.
    • handed Done by hand in a specified way; also, done, used, played, etc., by a specified number of hands: as, cross-handed or open-handed rowing; a double-handed game; a two-handed sword; a four-handed piece of music.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: All polar bears are left-handed.
    • adj Handed (Milt.) with hands joined:
    • adj Handed (Shak.) having a hand of a certain sort
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  • George Eliot
    “'Tis God gives skill, but not without men's hand: He could not make Antonio Stradivarius's violins without Antonio.”
  • Michelangelo
    “A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.”
  • Robert F. Kennedy
    “Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes.”
  • Archimedes
    “Give me a lever long enough, and a prop strong enough, I can single-handed move the world.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “Prayer moves the hand that moves the universe.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Riches are a good hand maiden, but a poor mistress.”


Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades - (USA) Used in response to someone saying "almost" in a win/lose situation. The full expression is "Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades." An alternate form puts "and flinging shit from a shovel" at the end.
Bird in the hand is worth two in the bush - 'A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush' is a proverb meaning that it is better to have something that is certain than take a risk to get more, where you might lose everything.
Catch someone red-handed - If someone is caught red-handed, they are found doing something wrong or illegal.
Caught with your hand in the cookie jar - (USA) If someone is caught with his or her hand in the cookie jar, he or she is caught doing something wrong.
Clean hands - Someone with clean hands, or who keeps their hands clean, is not involved in illegal or immoral activities.
Close at hand - If something is close at hand, it is nearby or conveniently located.
Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades - This phrase is used to say that if you come close to success without succeeding, it is not good enough
Devil finds work for idle hands - When people say that the devil finds work for idle hands, they mean that if people don't have anything to do with their time, they are more likely to get involved in trouble and criminality.
Don't bite the hand that feeds - When someone says this to you, they are trying to tell you not to act against those on whom you depend.
Get your hands dirty - If you get your hands dirty, you become involved in something where the realities might compromise your principles. It can also mean that a person is not just stuck in an ivory tower dictating strategy, but is prepared to put in the effort and hard work to make the details actually happen.
Give a big hand - Applaud by clapping hands. 'Let's give all the contestents a big hand.'
Give me a hand - If someone gives you a hand, they help you.
Go hand in hand - If things go hand in hand, they are associated and go together.
Good hand - If you are a good hand at something, you do it well.
Hand in glove - If people are hand in glove, they have an extremely close relationship.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hand; in all Teut. tongues, perh. rel. to Goth. hinthan, to seize.


In literature:

The cup passed from hand to hand, its taste unpleasant on the tongue, but comfortingly warm to one's middle.
"The Time Traders" by Andre Norton
The brow, the rather thin lips, the hands, and occasionally their movements, suggested it.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
I, therefore, kiss your hand as Catholics kiss the hands of their saints and martyrs.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
The large banking establishments are partly, the smaller ones almost exclusively, in their hands.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
Hand in hand they will wander the paths of Amida's paradise.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
Presently I felt a hand rest on my hands as though seeking to convey sympathy in a grief but half-understood.
"Simon Dale" by Anthony Hope
Five minutes the boys walked hand in hand.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
Waldstricker's white hands, hands stronger than God's!
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
He had a feeling that laughter and sleep went hand in hand.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
The shadows felt the walls with their hands softly, gropingly, but the hands were silent like the feet.
"The Black Cross" by Olive M. Briggs
In his right hand was the thunderbolt, and near at hand the place from which to hurl it.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
They gripped hands, and we saw the son drop his hand on the father's shoulder.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
Foyle held up his hand warningly to his subordinate.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
In the bushes, close at hand, one strained his ears to listen, a naked knife gleaming in his hand.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
How strong was he, how fast, how skilled in fighting hand to hand?
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Your own hand, the hand even of your lover, is in it.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
Every time I might have spoken, a hand, a clever, skillful hand and cold as ice pushed me away.
"Rose MacLeod" by Alice Brown
Vefela dried her hand with her apron and gave it to him: his hand trembled.
"Black Forest Village Stories" by Berthold Auerbach
He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: But the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
He never looked at his hands any more, his clever sensitive hands.
"Fairfax and His Pride" by Marie Van Vorst

In poetry:

"Make her lips like the lips of Mary
Kissing her blessed Son;
Let her hands, like the hands of Jesus,
Rest on her little one.
"The Changeling ( From The Tent on the Beach )" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Pass on: one agony long-drawn
Was merrier than your mirth,
When hand-in-hand came death and dawn,
And spring was on the earth.
"To Them That Mourn" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
"Yet hold thy hand, thou proud barone,
I pray thee hold thy hand;
And give mee leave to speake once more
In reskewe of my land.
"The Marriage of Sir Gawaine" by Anonymous British
My times are in thy hand, my God!
And I rejoice that they are so;
My times are in thy hand, my God,
Whether it be for weal or woe.
""My times are in thy hand,"" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
And now before
That old Woman's door,
Where nought that 's good may be,
Hand in hand
The Murderers stand
By one, by two, by three!
"The Hand of Glory: The Nurse's Story" by Richard Harris Barham
But harps are in every land
That await a voice that sings,
And a master-hand -- but the humblest hand
May gently touch its strings.
"Sentinel Songs" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

In the video, she can be seen handling the bills with her right hand but the left hand quickly skims and folds a wad of bills from the top of the stack.
It interests Paul Turner, however, because it goes hand in hand with the formation of new species.
As a matter of fact, he drove his car to a handful of radio stations that year handing them out to programmers, ours was one.
You would see the left hand view and the right hand view.
I have medium-sized hands, but I can get three fingers of my shooting hand on the Stinger 's grip comfortably.
Branding and CRM go hand in hand, say experts.
Take one hand shame on you … take two hands shame on me.
Posttraumatic Sympathicotonia and Raynaud's of the Hands Secondary to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome : The "Blue Hands" Syndrome.
The devil will find work for idle hands: drinking hand sanitizer these days, it seems.
"Third-hand high" is common advice, and on this hand, East plays "Third hand extra high" in order to fool Declarer.
CADEREYTA JIMÉNEZ, Mexico — Couples were walking hand in hand.
You can count the number of Valley residents who have made a major splash in country music on one hand, even if that hand has lost a finger in a farm equipment mishap.
We've reported on two issues that go hand-in-hand.
Hand Family Companies was founded in Clarksville, Tenn. Today, the Hand family owns and operates beverage distributorships in eight cities.
For example, you can choose a watch with Shiva yoga pose hands or Salvador Dali mustache hands.

In science:

Indeed, it follows from the induction hypothesis that the size of the right hand side must be larger than that of the left-hand side.
Retractions of Types with Many Atoms
Inserting (2.36) on the left-hand-side, and using (2.5) to re-express the integrand on the right-hand-side, we obtain the following result, which is of independent interest.
Products and Ratios of Characteristic Polynomials of Random Hermitian Matrices
On the one hand, simulations clearly indicate that energy transport is diffusive but on the other hand, the decay of spin autocorrelations is probably inconsistent with the expected 1/√t law [44, 43] exhibiting long-time tails.
Transport in one dimensional quantum systems
The picture indicates why on the one hand the Wounded Nucleon Model is a reasonable first approximation to particle production and on the other hand it shows that production of energy densities permitting the formation of QGP can be caused by semi–hard processes.
Simple models of the contribution of intermediate state gluons to J\psi suppression at the CERN SPS
The limit in the right-hand side exists since the limit in the left-hand side does not depend of A.
Limit theorems for one-dimensional transient random walks in Markov environments
Thus, on the one hand, T 6⊢ ψ(n, t) follows from the fact that T ⊆ T ′ , on the other hand, sound theories cannot prove false sentences.
Boolos-style proofs of limitative theorems
Recall that the left-hand side of (2.1) is the relative entropy (1.1), while the integral in the right-hand side is nothing but the (classical) relative Fisher information of µ relative to ν .
Inequalities related to free entropy derived from random matrix approximation
First we check that the defining relations from the right hand side of (11) are true in the left hand side.
Schubert varieties and the fusion products. The general case
To see this we consider first the case of three generations of left-handed SU (2) doublet neutrinos, νL,i, and three generations of right-handed Standard Model singlet neutrinos, νR,i (3RHN).
Neutrino Phenomenology -- the case of two right handed neutrinos
Consequently, the right-hand side of (37) is greater than or equal to the left-hand side of (35).
Multi-excited random walks on integers
This manifestly maximal parity violating framework would not allow to detect any parity violating behavior in those interactions involving only charged Dirac particles in their multiplets, because the charge conjugated left handed field ψcL (x) can successfully mimic the right handed field ψR (x).
Negative energies and time reversal in Quantum Field Theory
If, on the other hand, y = 2πm + π/2, then the left hand side is y while the right hand side is exp(−1), which is strictly smaller than y .
Shuffling by semi-random transpositions
Denote the left-hand side random variable in (40) by X ω , and the right-hand side by h(k).
Improved Bounds on the Randomized and Quantum Complexity of Initial-Value Problems
Note that on the left hand side of Eq. (A4) there is the restriction ρ ≥ 0, while on the right hand side we have no restriction on integration for ρ.
Statistical properties of random density matrices
Li denote the left-handed lepton doublets and ei the right-handed lepton singlets.
Flavour Symmetries and Kahler Operators