• WordNet 3.6
    • v palm touch, lift, or hold with the hands "Don't handle the merchandise"
    • n palm the inner surface of the hand from the wrist to the base of the fingers
    • n palm an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event
    • n palm any plant of the family Palmae having an unbranched trunk crowned by large pinnate or palmate leaves
    • n palm a linear unit based on the length or width of the human hand
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Additional illustrations & photos:

So he ran quickly to a palm-tree So he ran quickly to a palm-tree
Palm Tree Palm Tree
Doum Palm Doum Palm

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The palms of your hands and the soles of your feet cannot tan, or grow hair
    • Palm A branch or leaf of the palm, anciently borne or worn as a symbol of victory or rejoicing. "A great multitude . . . stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palme in their hands."
    • palm A lineal measure equal either to the breadth of the hand or to its length from the wrist to the ends of the fingers; a hand; -- used in measuring a horse's height.
    • palm (Sailmaking) A metallic disk, attached to a strap, and worn on the palm of the hand, -- used to push the needle through the canvas, in sewing sails, etc.
    • Palm (Bot) Any endogenous tree of the order Palmæ or Palmaceæ; a palm tree.
    • Palm Any symbol or token of superiority, success, or triumph; also, victory; triumph; supremacy. "The palm of martyrdom.""So get the start of the majestic world
      And bear the palm alone."
    • palm (Zoöl) The broad flattened part of an antler, as of a full-grown fallow deer; -- so called as resembling the palm of the hand with its protruding fingers.
    • palm (Naut) The flat inner face of an anchor fluke.
    • palm (Anat) The inner and somewhat concave part of the hand between the bases of the fingers and the wrist. "Clench'd her fingers till they bit the palm ."
    • Palm To handle.
    • Palm To impose by fraud, as by sleight of hand; to put by unfair means; -- usually with on or upon; as, to palm a stolen coin on an unsuspecting dealer. See also palm off. "For you may palm upon us new for old."
    • Palm To manipulate with, or conceal in, the palm of the hand; to juggle. "They palmed the trick that lost the game."
    • Palm To take (something small) stealthily, especially by concealing it in the palm of the hand; as, he palmed one of the coins and walked out with it.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Central African raffia palm is known to have the longest leaves. The leaves can measure up to 82.5 feet long.
    • n palm The flat of the hand; that part of the hand which extends from the wrist to the bases of the thumb and fingers on the side opposite the knuckles; more generally and technically, the palmar surface of the manus of any animal, as the sole of the fore foot of a clawed quadruped, as the cat or mouse, corresponding to the planta of the pes or foot. In man the palm is fleshy, and presents two special eminences, the thenar (ball of the thumb) and, opposite to it, the hypothenar, mainly due to the bulk of the subjacent muscles. The habitual tendency of the fingers in grasping and holding throws the skin into numerous creases, several principal ones being quite constant in position. The character of these creases, in all their detail and variation in different individuals, is the chief basis of chirognomy or palmistry. See phrases under line.
    • n palm The hand; a hand.
    • n palm A lineal measure equal either to the breadth of the hand or to its length from the wrist to the tips of the fingers; a measure of length equal to 3 and in some instances 4 inches; among the Romans, a lineal measure equal to about 8½ inches, corresponding to the length of the hand.
    • n palm A part that covers the inner portion of the hand: as, the palm of a glove; specifically, an instrument used by sailmakers and seamen in sewing canvas, instead of a thimble, consisting of a piece of leather that goes round the hand, with a piece of iron sewed on it so as to rest in the palm.
    • n palm The broad (usually triangular) part of an anchor at the end of the arms.
    • n palm The flat or palmate part of a deer's horns when full-grown.
    • n palm An old game, a kind of hand-tennis, more fully called palm-play.
    • n palm A ball.
    • palm To handle; manipulate.
    • palm To conceal in the palm of the hand, in the manner of jugglers or cheaters.
    • palm To impose by fraud: generally followed by upon before the person and off before the thing: as, to palm off trash upon the public.
    • n palm A tree or shrub of the order Palmæ. The palms form a natural plant-group of great interest, in appearance highly picturesque and often elegant, and in usefulness surpassed by no family except the grasses. The pulpy fruit of some species, most notably of the date, and the seed-kernel of others, preëminently the cocoanut, are edible. Oil is yielded by the fruit-pulp of some (oil-palm) and by the seeds of others (cocoanut, bacaba, etc.). The pith of the sago-palms is farinaceous, and the large terminal bud of the cabbage-palm serves as vegetable, as do the young seedlings of the palmyra. The sap of the wild date-tree and other species yields palm-sugar or jaggery; that of the coquito, palm-honey. The juice of various species becomes toddy or palm-wine, which in fermenting serves as yeast, and distilled affords a spirituous liquor. Aside from food and drink, the betel-nut, a kind of catechu, and a kind of dragon's-blood are palm-products; a candle-wax exudes from Ceroxylon; vegetable ivory is the nut of the ivory-palm. Palm-wood is useful for building (date-palm, palmyra, etc.), for fine work (porcupine-wood), for piles (palmetto), and for flexible articles (ratan). The leaves of many species serve for thatching (bussu-palm, royal palmetto, palmyra, etc.), for making hats, baskets, and fans, and in place of paper (palmetto, talipot, etc.). The leafstalks of some (kittul, piassava) furnish an important fiber, as also does the husk of the cocoanut. There are many other uses. The cocoanut-, date-, and palmyra-palms lead in importance. The palm of the Bible is the date-palm. (For symbolic use, see def. 2.) As ornamental plants in temperate regions the palms are indispensable where sufficient hothouse room can be had.
    • n palm A branch, properly a leaf, of the palm-tree, anciently borne or worn as a symbol of victory or triumph; hence, superiority; victory; triumph; honor; prize. The palm was adopted as an emblem of victory, it is said, because the tree is so elastic as, when pressed, to rise and recover its correct position. The Jews carried palm-branches on festal occasions, and the Roman Catholic and Greek churches have preserved this usage in celebrating the entry of Christ into Jerusalem. See Palm Sunday. See also def. 3.
    • n palm One of several other plants, popularly so called as resembling in some way the palm, or, especially, as substituted for it in church usage. Among plants so designated are, in Great Britain, chiefly the great sallow or goat-willow. Salix Caprea, at the time when its catkins are out, and the common yew (the latter is universally so called in Ireland); in Europe also the olive, holly, box, and another willow; and in the northern United States the hemlock-spruce.
    • n palm See Macrozamia.
    • n palm A flat end formed on a tie-rod or strut, through which the rivets or bolts are passed to secure the piece to the rest of the structure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Humans are the only primates that don't have pigment in the palms oftheir hands.
    • n Palm päm the inner part of the hand: a measure of length equal to the breadth of the hand, or to its length from wrist to finger-tip: a measure of 3 and sometimes of 4 inches: that which covers the palm: the fluke of an anchor: the flattened portion of an antler
    • v.t Palm to stroke with the palm or hand: to conceal in the palm of the hand: (esp. with off, and on, or upon) to impose by fraud
    • n Palm päm a tropical, branchless tree of many varieties, bearing at the summit large leaves like the palm of the hand: a leaf of this tree borne in token of rejoicing or of victory:
    • n Palm päm (fig.) triumph or victory
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  • Charles Dickens
    “It was a good thing to have a couple of thousand people all rigid and frozen together, in the palm of one's hand.”
  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    “My valor is certainly going, it is sneaking off! I feel it oozing out as it were, at the palms of my hands!”
  • Sir Philip Sidney
    “It is the nature of the strong heart, that like the palm tree it strives ever upwards when it is most burdened.”
  • William Blake
    “To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself are much condemned to have an itching palm.”
  • John Greenleaf Whittier
    “On leaf of palm, on sedge-wrought roll; on plastic clay and leather scroll, man wrote his thoughts; the ages passed, and lo! the Press was found at last!”


Grease someone's palm - If you grease someone's palm, you bribe them to do something.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. paume, F. paume, L. palma, Gr. pala`mh, akin to Skr. pāṇi, hand, and E. fumble,. See Fumble Feel, and cf. 2d Palm
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. from L., as above.


In literature:

Giddy feels as if cold water is coursing down her back, the palms of her hands are icy cold.
"When the Birds Begin to Sing" by Winifred Graham
Then he placed Clinch's hands palm to palm upon his chest, laid the cross on his breast, and shined the result with complacency.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
We awoke in sunny Katya, a delicious oasis of the most beautiful and shady of palms!
"The Caravan Route between Egypt and Syria" by Ludwig Salvator
The most beautiful of all the palms is the Traveler's tree from Madagascar.
"The Critic in the Orient" by George Hamlin Fitch
One of these he conceals in the palm of the hand by which he lifts the cup.
"Indian Conjuring" by L. H. Branson
It was built close to the water's edge, on palm posts six feet above the ground.
"Tales of the Malayan Coast" by Rounsevelle Wildman
She hated the scrubby palms in front.
"Sawtooth Ranch" by B. M. Bower
His eyes wide, Manfred extended his palm, and Daoud unhesitatingly placed the emerald in it.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
If he had not worn gloves, he would have no skin left on his palms.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
SHANAR A Caste of Palmyra-palm climbers.
"Things as They Are" by Amy Wilson-Carmichael

In poetry:

Then the great brotherhood of man
Will sing its universal psalm,
And Peace from paradise again
Come smiling underneath the palm.
"Railway Dreamings" by Alexander Anderson
Like a little child, that kneeleth
To tell God whate'er he feeleth,
Bent the tall young warrior there,
And the palm-trees whispered prayer.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
If 'neath the perfect palm of love
You might have knelt,—in kneeling, blest,—
And if you chose instead to wear
A little rose upon your breast;
"Congratulation" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
Columbia's sons her fame prolong;
They bear the palm of valor well -
Their name shall rouse the notes of song
While freedom wakes the sounding shell.
"On Buena Vista's Field" by Henry Pelham Holmes Bromwell
And the priests cursed you with shrill psalms as
in your claws you seized their snake
And crept away with it to slake your passion by
the shuddering palms.
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
Shall the Spring dawn, and she still clad in smiles,
And with an unscathed brow,
Rest in the strong arms of her palm-crowned isles,
As fair and free as now?
"Charleston" by Henry Timrod

In news:

Win two tickets to Palm Beach Dramaworks' production of Talley's Folly, dinner at Cabana Restaurant.
The marriage of the Internet and TV began, Palm got its start and Netscape ruled the Web browser roost.
Palms to vines in Southern California wine country.
Where does a family of five head for palm trees and warm weather without setting foot on an airplane.
The answer is Palm Springs, according to Jim O'Malley of Lafayette.
I report on the goings-on from Palm Springs, CA.
School Palm Beach Community College.
I'm going to do something I rarely do: Agree with local political activist and Palm City resident Bill Summers.
He was 94 years old and lived in La Quinta, Calif, a suburb of Palm Springs.
Nancie Ellen Caraway of New York, daughter of Mr and Mrs Gene Caraway of Houston, was married in Palm Springs, Calif, yesterday to Neil Abercrombie of Honolulu, a Democratic State Senator in Hawaii.
PALM BEACH GARDENS – A year ago, Jermaine Carn was a blocking fullback helping to pave the way for Roshard Burney to rush for 2,000 yards.
Palm Springs' Cary Grant House, The Backstory.
And Palm Springs has traded on its reputation as a celebrity hideout for decades.
Miami's Stephen Anthony returns to South Florida in the lead role of the Broadway musical "Catch Me if You Can," at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach through Sunday, Nov 18.
Rosita quietly grooms my toes while I sit beneath the filtered shade of a palm tree sipping my new favorite drink.

In science:

This new system, termed “PALM-3000” (Dekany et al. 2006, 2007) aims to achieve extreme-AO correction in the near-IR, as well as diffraction limited imaging in the visible.
A New High Contrast Imaging Program at Palomar Observatory
Errorbudget estimates of the new PALM-3000 system predict this residual wave front error will be reduced to 80-90 nm under median seeing conditions, corresponding to Strehl ratios of ∼90%.
A New High Contrast Imaging Program at Palomar Observatory
One can deduce the result almost immediately from the Palm theory for general Poisson point processes (see, e.g.
Connectivity properties of random interlacement and intersection of random walks
Before introducing a change of measure related to the killed branching walk, we recall some elementary facts on the Palm distribution of the point process L = P|u|=1 δ{V (u)} under P.
The precise tail behavior of the total progeny of a killed branching random walk
There it is proved, for simple point processes on Abelian G, (i) that pointstationarity characterizes Palm versions of stationary pairs, (ii) that (6.1) can be replaced by (6.2), and (iii) that in (6.1) it suffices to consider π such that π ′ = π (such π are said to induce a matching).
What is typical?