physical assistance; "give me a hand with the chores"
terminal part of the forelimb in certain vertebrates (e.g. apes or kangaroos); "the kangaroo's forearms seem undeveloped but the powerful five-fingered hands are skilled at feinting and clouting"- Springfield (Mass.) Union
a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece; "the big hand counts the minutes"
the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb; "he had the hands of a surgeon"; "he extended his mitt"
ability; "he wanted to try his hand at singing"
one of two sides of an issue; "on the one hand..., but on the other hand..."
something written by hand; "she recognized his handwriting"; "his hand was illegible"
a round of applause to signify approval; "give the little lady a great big hand"
the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time; "I didn't hold a good hand all evening"; "he kept trying to see my hand"