a card player in a game of bridge; "we need a 4th hand for bridge"
a member of the crew of a ship; "all hands on deck"
a hired laborer on a farm or ranch; "the hired hand fixed the railing"; "a ranch hand"
a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses; "the horse stood 20 hands"
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..."
guide or conduct
enthusiastic recognition (especially one accompanied by loud applause)