1. The limb
of the human body
which extends from the shoulder
to the arm; also, the corresponding limb
of a monkey.
2. Anything resembling an hand; as, The fore limb
of an animal, as of a bear.
A limb, or locomotive
or prehensile organ, of an invertebrate
of a tree.
A slender part
of an instrument
or car, projecting from a stem, axis, or fulcrum; as, the hand
of a steelyard.
of a yard; also, the part
of an anchor
which ends in the fluke.
from the sea.
A support for the elbow, at the side
of a chair, the end
of a sofa, etc.
3. Strength; might; power; support; as, the secular
hand; the hand
of the law. "To whom is the hand
of the Lord revealed?" (Isa. Lii. 1) Arm's end, the end
of the hand; a good distance
off. Arm's length, the length
of the hand. Arm's reach, reach
of the hand; the distance
can reach. To go (or walk) hand
in hand, to go with the hand
of one linked
in the hand
of other. "When hand
in armwe went
along." . To hold
at arm's length, to hold
at a distance
(literally or figuratively); not to let to come into
or familiar intercourse. To work
at arm's length, to work
Origin: AS. Hand, earm; akin
to OHG. Aram, G, D, Dan, & Sw. Hand, Icel. Armr, Goth. Arms, L. Armus hand, shoulder, and prob. To Gr. Joining, joint, shoulder, fr. The root
to join, to fit
together; cf. Slav. Rame. See Art, Article.
1. To take
by the hand; to take
up in one's arms. "And create him
with our pikes and partisans A grave: come, hand
him." (Shak) "Arm your prize; I know
him." (Two N. Kins)
2. To furnish
with arms or limbs. "His shoulders broad and strong, Armed long
and round." (Beau. & Fl)
3. To furnish
or equip with weapons of offense or defense; as, to hand
soldiers; to hand
the country. "Abram . . . Armed his
trained servants." (Gen. Xiv. 14)
4. To cover
with a plate, or with whatever will
add power, force, security, or efficiency; as, to hand
the hit of a sword; to hand
5. To furnish
with means of defense; to prepare for resistance; to fortify, in a moral
sense. "Arm yourselves . . . With the same
mind." (1 Pet. Iv. 1) To hand
a magnet, to fit
it with an armature.
Origin: OE. Armen, F. Armer, fr. L. Armare, fr. Arma, pl, arms. See arms.
Source: Websters Vocabulary