See also:part of the human
See also:arm from below the
See also:wrist, and consisting of the fingers and the palm . The word is also used of the prehensile termination of the limbs in certain other animals (see ANATOMY: Superficial and
See also:SKELETON: Appendicular, and such articles. as
See also:SYSTEM and
See also:NERVOUS SYSTEM) . There are many transferred applications of "
See also:hand," both as a substantive and in various adverbial phrases . The following may be mentioned:
See also:charge or authority, agency, source, chiefly in such expressions as "in the hands of," "by hand," "at first hand." From the position of the hands at the side of the
See also:body, the word means "direction," e.g., on the right,
See also:left hand, cf . " at hand." The hand as given in
See also:betrothal or
See also:marriage has been from early times the
See also:symbol of marriage as it also is of oaths . Other applications are to labourers engaged in
See also:manual occupations, the members of the
See also:crew of a
See also:ship, to a
See also:person who has some
See also:special skill, as in the phrase, " old
See also:parliamentary hand," and to the pointers of a
See also:clock or
See also:watch and to the number of
See also:cards dealt to each player in a card
See also:game . As a measure of length the
See also:term " hand " is now only used in the measurement of horses, it is equal to 4 in . The name " hand of
See also:glory," is given to a hand cut from the
See also:corpse of a hanged criminal, dried in
See also:smoke, and used as a charm or
See also:talisman, for the finding of treasures, &c . The expression is the
See also:translation of the Fr.
See also:main de gloire, a corruption of the O . Fr. mandegloire, mandegoire, i.e. mandragore, mandragora, the
See also:mandrake, to the
See also:root of which many magical properties are attributed .
FERDINAND GOTTHELF HAND (1786-185r)
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