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▪ Islamic law also called  Madhhab Ḥanbal , English  Hanbalites        in Islām, the most fundamentalist of the four Sunnī schools of religious law. Based on ...
Hanabusa Itchō
▪ Japanese painter also called  Itchō , original name  Taga Shinkō  born 1652, Ōsaka, Japan died Feb. 7, 1724, Edo [now Tokyo]       Japanese painter who broke ...
—Hanafite, n. /han"euh fee/, n. Islam. one of the four schools of Islamic law, founded by Abu Hanifa. Cf. Hanbali, Maliki, Shafi'i. [ < Ar Hanafi, deriv. of name of founder Abu ...
▪ Islamic law also called  Madhhab Ḥanīfah , English  Hanafites        in Islām, one of the four Sunnī schools of religious law, incorporating the legal ...
▪ cards       (Japanese: “flower cards”), deck of 48 cards divided into 12 suits of four cards. Each suit is named for a month of the year and pictures a flower ...
/han"euh han'/, n. a city in SE South Carolina. 13,224. * * *
Hanai, Masaya
▪ 1996       Japanese businessman who as director (1959-78) and chairman (1978-82) of Toyota Motor Corp. turned the firm into one of the world's most competitive car ...
▪ Hawaii, United States  village, Kauai county, on the north-central coast of Kauai island, Hawaii, U.S. Near the head of Hanalei (“Crescent”) Bay, the village is in ...
▪ kabuki       (Japanese: “flower passage”), in Kabuki theatre, runway that passes from the rear of the theatre to stage right at the level of the spectators' heads. ...
/han"euh peuhr/, n. a wicker receptacle for documents. [1275-1325; ME hanypere < AF; MF hanapier case to hold a drinking vessel, deriv. of hanap goblet ( < Gmc *hnapp bowl; cf. ...
Ha·nau (häʹnou') A city of central Germany on the Main River east of Frankfurt. Chartered in 1303, it is a center of the country's jewelry industry. Population: 84,373. * * ...
Hanauer, Chip
▪ 1994       As a boat racer, Chip Hanauer left all the other drivers in his wake. He won his seventh national championship for Unlimited hydroplanes in 1993, which tied ...
—Hanbalite, n. /han"beuh lee/, n. Islam. one of the four schools of Islamic law, founded by Ahmad ibn Hanbal. Cf. Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi'i. [ < Ar Hanbali, deriv. of name of ...
Han Chinese n. See Han1. * * *
/han"kok/, n. 1. John, 1737-93, American statesman: first signer of the Declaration of Independence. 2. Winfield Scott, 1824-86, Union general in the Civil War. * * * (as used ...
Hancock, Herbie
orig. Herbert Jeffrey Hancock born April 12, 1940, Chicago, Ill., U.S. U.S. pianist, composer, and bandleader. He was educated at Grinnell College. Part of the superb rhythm ...
Hancock, John
born Jan. 12, 1737, Braintree, Mass. died Oct. 8, 1793, Quincy, Mass., U.S. American Revolutionary leader. He entered the mercantile business of his wealthy uncle in Boston in ...
Hancock, Joy Bright
▪ United States naval officer née  Joy Bright  born May 4, 1898, Wildwood, N.J., U.S. died Aug. 20, 1986, Bethesda, Md.  U.S. military officer, one of the first women to ...
Hancock, Langley George
▪ Australian mining industrialist born June 10, 1909, Perth, W.Aus., Austl. died March 27, 1992, Perth       Australian mining industrialist who unearthed some of the ...
Hancock, Thomas
▪ British inventor born May 8, 1786, Marlborough, Wiltshire, Eng. died March 26, 1865, London       English inventor and manufacturer who founded the British rubber ...
Hancock, Winfield Scott
born Feb. 14, 1824, Montgomery county, Pa., U.S. died Feb. 9, 1886, Governor's Island, N.Y. U.S. general and politician. He graduated from West Point and served in the Mexican ...
Hancock,Herbert Jeffrey
Han·cock (hănʹkŏk'), Herbert Jeffrey. Known as “Herbie.” Born 1940. American musician and composer of jazz and popular music. He is noted for his work with piano and ...
Hancock, John. 1737-1793. American politician and Revolutionary leader. He was president of the Continental Congress (1775-1777) and the first to sign the Declaration of ...
Hancock,Winfield Scott
Hancock, Winfield Scott. 1824-1886. American Civil War general who defeated Robert E. Lee and George Pickett in the Gettysburg Campaign (1863). * * *
—handlike, adj. /hand/, n. 1. the terminal, prehensile part of the upper limb in humans and other primates, consisting of the wrist, metacarpal area, fingers, and thumb. 2. the ...
/hand/, n. Learned /lerr"nid/, 1872-1961, U.S. jurist. * * * End part of the arm, consisting of the wrist joint, palm, thumb, and fingers. The hand has great mobility and ...
hand ax
1. Also, hand axe. a usually large, general-purpose bifacial Paleolithic stone tool, often oval or pear-shaped in form and characteristic of certain Lower Paleolithic ...
hand brake
1. a brake operated by a hand lever. Cf. caliper (def. 6). 2. (in an automobile) an emergency or parking brake operated by a hand lever. [1840-50] * * *
hand drill
a portable drill designed for two-handed operation. See illus. under drill1. [1760-70] * * *
hand glass
1. a small mirror with a handle. 2. See hand lens. [1780-90] * * *
hand grenade
1. a grenade or explosive shell that is thrown by hand and exploded either by impact or by means of a fuze. 2. a grenade or glass missile containing a chemical, for extinguishing ...
hand horn
a forerunner of the modern French horn, developed in Germany during the mid-17th century. See illus. under horn. * * *
hand job
Slang (vulgar). an act of masturbation. * * *
hand lens
a magnifying glass designed to be held in the hand. Also called hand glass. [1925-30] * * *
hand letter
a brass letter, mounted in a handle, for printing on the cover of a handbound book. [1885-90] * * *
hand level
Survey. a leveling instrument held in the hand and used for approximate work at short distances. * * *
hand log
Naut. See chip log. [1955-60] * * *
hand mower
a lawn mower that is pushed by hand (distinguished from power mower). [1955-60] * * *
hand of writ
Scot. handwriting; penmanship. * * *
hand organ
a portable barrel organ played by means of a crank turned by hand. [1790-1800, Amer.] * * *
hand press
a printing press requiring hand operation. [1670-80] * * *
hand puppet
a puppet made of a hollow head sewn or glued to material that fits over the hand, concealing the fingers and thumb, which manipulate it. [1945-50] * * *
hand screw
1. a screw that can be tightened by the fingers, without the aid of a tool. 2. Also called hand-screw clamp. Carpentry. a clamp having two wooden jaws that are adjusted by two ...
hand scroll.
See under scroll (def. 5). * * *
hand tight
(of a setscrew, nut, etc.) as tight as it can be made by hand, without the aid of a tool. [1785-95] * * *
hand tool
any tool or implement designed for manual operation. * * * Introduction  any of the implements used by craftsmen in manual operations, such as chopping, chiseling, sawing, ...
hand truck
truck1 (def. 3). [1915-20] * * *
hand wringer
See handwringer. * * *
/handz"bredth', -bretth', -breth'/, n. hand-breadth. * * *
Hand, (Billings) Learned
born Jan. 27, 1872, Albany, N.Y., U.S. died Aug. 18, 1961, New York, N.Y. U.S. jurist. He attended Harvard University, where he studied philosophy (under William James, Josiah ...
Hand, (Billings)Learned
Hand (hănd), (Billings) Learned. 1872-1961. American jurist. As a federal judge (1924-1951) his influence was so great that he was sometimes called the “tenth man” of the ...
Hand, Edward
▪ United States army officer born Dec. 31, 1744, King's County, Ire. died Sept. 3, 1802, Lancaster, Pa., U.S.       American army officer during the American ...
Hand, Learned
▪ United States jurist in full  Billings Learned Hand   born Jan. 27, 1872, Albany, N.Y., U.S. died Aug. 18, 1961, New York City  American jurist whose tough and sometimes ...
hand- [hand] combining form of, with, by, or for a hand or hands [handclasp, handcuff] * * *
/hand"kar"ee/, v.t., hand-carried, hand-carrying. to carry or deliver by hand, as for security reasons: The ambassador hand-carried a message from the president. Also, ...
/hand"di liv"euhr/, v.t. to deliver in person or by messenger. * * *
/hand"feed"/, v.t., hand-fed, hand-feeding. 1. Agric. to feed (animals) with apportioned amounts at regular intervals. Cf. self-feed. 2. to feed (an animal or person) by hand: ...
hand-foot-and-mouth disease (hănd'fo͝ot'ənd-mouthʹ) n. A mild contagious disease usually occurring in children, caused by infection with a strain of coxsackievirus and ...
/hand"held'/, adj. 1. held in the hand or hands: a hand-held torch. 2. small enough to be used or operated while being held in the hand or hands: a hand-held hair drier. n. 3. ...
hand-holding [hand′hōl΄diŋ] n. the providing of attentive support or instruction, as to calm or lessen anxiety or fear hand-holder n. * * *
—hand knitter. /hand"nit"/, v. hand-knitted or hand-knit, hand-knitting, adj. v.t. 1. to knit by hand. adj. 2. knitted by hand. [1915-20] * * *
/hand"lawn"deuhr, -lahn"-/, v.t. hand-wash. * * *
/hand"let"euhr/, v.t. to print by hand: She hand-lettered a "for sale" sign. [1905-10] * * *
/hand"mee down', han"-/, n. 1. an article of clothing passed on to another person after being used, outgrown, etc.: The younger children wore the hand-me-downs of the older ...
/hand"awf', -of'/, n. 1. Football. a. an offensive play in which a player, usually a back, hands the ball to a teammate. b. the ball itself during the execution of such a ...
/hand"ruyd'/, v., hand-rode, hand-ridden, hand-riding. v.t. 1. to ride (a horse) in a race without using a whip or spurs, urging it on with only the hands. v.i. 2. to hand-ride a ...
/hand"run"ing/, adv. in unbroken succession; consecutively. [1820-30] * * *
/hand"tay"leuhr/, v.t. 1. to produce (a garment or the like) by individual workmanship. 2. to make according to individual requirements. * * *
/hand"teuh hand"/, adj. close to one's adversary; at close quarters: hand-to-hand combat. [1400-50; late ME] * * *
/hand"teuh mowth"/, adj. offering or providing the barest livelihood, sustenance, or support; meager; precarious: a hand-to-mouth existence. [1500-10] * * *
/hand"toohl'/, v.t. tool (defs. 8, 9). * * *
/hand"wawk"/, v.t. Informal. to carry (a memorandum, check, or other document) from one person or office to another so as to assure prompt delivery. * * *
/hand"wosh", -wawsh"/, v.t. to launder by hand rather than by washing machine: to hand-wash socks in a hotel-room sink. Also, hand-launder. * * *
hand-woven [hand′wō′vən] adj. 1. woven on a loom operated manually, not by machine power 2. woven by hand, as baskets or chair seats * * *
hand-wringing or handwringing [hand′riŋ΄iŋ] n. expression of distress or anxiety, as in clasping and twisting the hands together hand-wringer n. handwringer * * *
▪ Japan       city, Aichi ken (prefecture), Honshu, Japan. Handa lies on the Chita Peninsula, facing Chita Bay of the Pacific Ocean. It served as an important ...
Han·dan also Han·tan (hänʹdänʹ) A city of east-central China south-southwest of Beijing. It is a flourishing industrial center. Population: 1,769,315. * * * ▪ ...
hand ax also hand·ax (hăndʹăks') n. 1. A short-handled ax; a hatchet. 2. A cutting or chopping tool, especially of the early Paleolithic Period, typically consisting of a ...
/hand"bag'/, n. 1. a bag or box of leather, fabric, plastic, or the like, held in the hand or carried by means of a handle or strap, commonly used by women for holding money, ...
—handballer, n. /hand"bawl'/, n. 1. a game, similar to squash, played by two or four persons who strike a small ball against a wall or walls with the hand. 2. the small, hard ...
/hand"bar'oh/, n. 1. a frame with handles at each end by which it is carried. 2. a handcart. [1400-50; late ME handberwe. See HAND, BARROW1] * * *
/hand"bas'kit, -bah'skit/, n. 1. a small basket with a handle for carrying by hand. 2. go to hell in a handbasket, to degenerate quickly and decisively: The economy has gone to ...
hand bell n. A small bell having a handle, especially one of a set of bells tuned to different pitches and used in musical performance. * * * ▪ musical instrument  small ...
/hand"bil'/, n. a small printed notice, advertisement, or announcement, usually for distribution by hand. [1745-55; HAND + BILL1] * * *
/hand"blohn"/, adj. (of glassware) shaped by means of a hand-held blowpipe: handblown crystal. Also, hand-blown. [1925-30; HAND + BLOWN] * * *
/hand"book'/, n. 1. a book of instruction or guidance, as for an occupation; manual: a handbook of radio. 2. a guidebook for travelers: a handbook of Italy. 3. a reference book ...
/hand"bownd"/, adj. (of books) bound by hand. [1590-1600; HAND + BOUND2] * * *
hand brake n. See emergency brake. * * *
/hand"bredth', -bretth'/, n. a unit of linear measure from 2½ to 4 in. (6.4 to 10 cm). Also, hand's-breadth. [1525-35; HAND + BREADTH] * * *
/hand"kahr'/, n. a small railroad car or platform on four wheels propelled by a mechanism worked by hand, used on some railroads for inspecting tracks and transporting ...
/hand"kahrt'/, n. a small cart drawn or pushed by hand. [1630-40; HAND + CART] * * *
/hand"klap'/, n. a clapping of the hands. [1815-25; HAND + CLAP] * * *
/hand"klasp', -klahsp'/, n. a gripping of hands by two or more people, as in greeting, parting, making a commitment, or expressing affection. [1575-85; HAND + CLASP] * * *
n. /hand"kraft', -krahft'/; v. /hand"kraft", -krahft"/, n. 1. handicraft. v.t. 2. to make (something) by manual skill. [bef. 1000; ME; OE handcraeft. See HANDICRAFT] * * *
See handcraft. * * *
/hand"kraft'meuhn, -krahft'-/, n., pl. handcraftmen. handicraftsman. Also, handcraftsman. [HANDCRAFT + -MAN] * * *
See handcrafter. * * *
See handcrafter. * * *
/hand"kuf'/, n. 1. a ring-shaped metal device that can be locked around a person's wrist, usually one of a pair connected by a short chain or linked bar; shackle: The police put ...
      device for shackling the hands, used by police on prisoners under arrest. Until modern times, handcuffs were of two kinds: (1) the figure 8, which confined the hands ...
/han"did/, adj. 1. having or involving a hand or hands (usually used in combination): two-handed backhand; a four-handed piano work. 2. using a particular hand (usually used in ...
handed down
➡ punishment * * *
/han"did nis/, n. a tendency to use one hand more than the other. [1920-25; HANDED + -NESS] * * *       a tendency to use one hand rather than the other to perform most ...
—Handelian /han del"ee euhn, -dee"lee, -del"yeuhn, -deel"yeuhn/, adj. /han"dl/, n. George Frideric /free"deuhr ik, -drik/ (Georg Friedrich Händel), 1685-1759, German composer ...
Handel, George Frideric
orig. Georg Friedrich Händel born Feb. 23, 1685, Halle, Brandenburg died April 14, 1759, London, Eng. German-born British composer. Born to a barber-surgeon in Halle, he ...
Handel,George Frideric
Han·del (hănʹdl), George Frideric. 1685-1759. German-born composer whose works include the English oratorio Messiah (1742) and the orchestral Water Music ...
See Handel, George Frideric. * * *
See hand. * * *
/hand"fast', -fahst'/, n. Archaic. a covenant or contract, esp. a betrothal, usually completed by a handclasp. [1150-1200; ME (ptp.), earlier handfest < Scand; cf. ON handfestr, ...
handfasting [hand′fas΄tiŋ] n. 〚OE handfæstunge: see HANDFAST〛 Archaic 1. a betrothal 2. a form of irregular or trial marriage confirmed by a joining of hands * * *
/hand"free'/, adj. handsfree. * * *
/hand"fool/, n., pl. handfuls. 1. the quantity or amount that the hand can hold: a handful of coins. 2. a small amount, number, or quantity: a handful of men. 3. Informal. a ...
hand glass n. 1. A small magnifying glass held in the hand. 2. A mirror with a handle. * * *
/hand"grip'/, n. 1. the grip or clasp of a hand, as in greeting: a firm but friendly handgrip. 2. a handle or similar part of an object affording a grip by the hand, as for ...
/hand"gun'/, n. any firearm that can be held and fired with one hand; a revolver or a pistol. [1400-50; late ME handgone. See HAND, GUN1] * * * ▪ weapon       any ...
/hand"hohld'/, n. 1. a grip with the hand or hands. 2. something to grip or take hold of, as a support or handle. [1635-45; HAND + HOLD1] * * *
/hand"hohl'ding/, n. 1. the act of holding hands, esp. as a sign or token of affection. 2. constant reassurance and help, esp. as an indication of one's interest or confidence: ...
/han"dee kap'/, n., v., handicapped, handicapping. n. 1. a race or other contest in which certain disadvantages or advantages of weight, distance, time, etc., are placed upon ...
/han"dee kapt'/, adj. 1. physically or mentally disabled. 2. (of a contestant) marked by, being under, or having a handicap: a handicapped player. n. 3. (used with a pl. v.) ...
/han"dee kap'euhr/, n. 1. Horse Racing. a. a racetrack official or employee who assigns the weight a horse must carry in a race. b. a person employed, as by a newspaper, to make ...
—handicraftship, n. /han"dee kraft', -krahft'/, n. 1. manual skill. 2. an art, craft, or trade in which the skilled use of one's hands is required. 3. the articles made by ...
—handicraftsmanship, n. /han"dee krafts'meuhn, -krahfts'-/, n., pl. handicraftsmen. a person skilled in a handicraft; craftsman. [1545-55; HANDICRAFT + 'S1 + MAN1] Usage. See ...
Han·dies Peak (hănʹdēz) A mountain, 4,284.6 m (14,048 ft) high, in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado. * * *
/han"di lee, -dl ee/, adv. 1. skillfully; dexterously; expertly: to manage a boat handily. 2. conveniently: The books were handily at his side. 3. easily: We won handily. 4. ...
handiness [han′dē nis] n. the quality of being handy * * * See handy. * * *
/and"uy'euhrn/, n. Dial. andiron. * * *
/han"dee werrk'/, n. 1. work done by hand. 2. the characteristic quality of a particular doer or maker: In all of Mozart's music we discover the handiwork of a genius. 3. the ...
Handke, Peter
born Dec. 6, 1942, Griffen, Austria Austrian writer. He studied law before beginning to write seriously. He earned an early reputation as a member of the avant-garde with plays ...
/hang"keuhr chif, -cheef'/, n. 1. a small piece of linen, silk, or other fabric, usually square, and used esp. for wiping one's nose, eyes, face, etc., or for decorative ...
handkerchief table.
See corner table. [1955-60] * * *
Handl, Jacob
▪ German-Austrian composer also called  Jacobus Gallus  or  Jacobus Handelius  born 1550, Reifnitz, Carniola [now Ribnica, Slovenia] died July 18, 1591, Prague, Bohemia ...
—handleable, adj. —handleability, n. —handleless, adj. /han"dl/, n., v., handled, handling. n. 1. a part of a thing made specifically to be grasped or held by the hand. 2. ...
/han"dl bahr'/, n. 1. Usually, handlebars. a. the curved steering bar of a bicycle, motorcycle, etc., placed in front of the rider and gripped by the hands. See illus. under ...
handlebar moustache
a man's moustache having long, curved ends that resemble the handlebars of a bicycle. [1885-90] * * *
handlebar mustache n. A long curved mustache resembling the curved ends of a handlebar. * * *
/han"dld/, adj. fitted with or having a handle or handles, esp. of a specified kind (often used in combination): a handled pot; a long-handled knife. [1775-85; HANDLE + -ED3] * * ...
See handle. * * *
hand lens n. A hand-held magnifying glass. * * *
/hand"leuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that handles. 2. Boxing. a person who assists in the training of a fighter or is the fighter's second during a fight. 3. a person who ...
Handler, Daniel
▪ 2002       Capitalizing on the unsentimental tastes of legions of 10–13-year-old readers, American storyteller Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) captured the ...
Handler, Milton
▪ 1999       American lawyer and teacher who helped draft a number of well-known laws, among them the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938, the National Labor ...
Handler, Ruth Mosko
▪ 2003       American entrepreneur and businesswoman (b. Nov. 4, 1916, Denver, Colo.—d. April 27, 2002, Los Angeles, Calif.), was a cofounder of Mattel and created the ...
/hand"lis/, adj. 1. without a hand or hands. 2. clumsy; awkward: to be handless at a task. [1375-1425; late ME hand(e)les. See HAND, -LESS] * * *
Handley, Vernon George
▪ 2009 “Tod”        British conductor born Nov. 11, 1930, Enfield, Middlesex, Eng. died Sept. 10, 2008, Monmouthshire, Wales championed British composers, both in ...
Handlin, Oscar
▪ American historian born Sept. 29, 1915, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S.       American historian and educator noted for his examinations of immigration and other social topics ...
/hand"ling/, n. 1. a touching, grasping, or using with the hands. 2. the manner of treating or dealing with something; management; treatment. 3. the manual or mechanical method ...
handlist [hand′list΄] n. a list, as of the contents of a collection, containing few details * * *
—handloader, n. v. /hand"lohd"/; n. /hand"lohd'/, v.t. 1. to load (cartridges or other ammunition) by hand. v.i. 2. to load ammunition by hand. n. 3. a cartridge or other ...
/hand"loohm'/, n. a loom operated manually, in contrast to a power loom. [1825-35; HAND + LOOM1] * * *
/hand"loohmd"/, adj. handwoven. [HANDLOOM + -ED3] * * *
/hand"mayd"/, adj. made by hand, rather than by machine: the luxury of handmade shoes. [1605-15; HAND + MADE] * * *
/hand"mayd'/, n. 1. something that is necessarily subservient or subordinate to another: Ceremony is but the handmaid of worship. 2. a female servant or attendant. Also, ...
handmaiden [hand′mād΄'n] n. 1. Archaic a woman or girl servant or attendant 2. that which accompanies in a useful but subordinate capacity [law is the handmaiden of justice]: ...
☆ handoff [hand′ôf΄ ] n. Football an offensive maneuver in which a back, esp. the quarterback, hands the ball directly to another back * * * hand·off (hăndʹôf', ...
hand organ n. Music A barrel organ operated by turning a crank by hand. * * *
/hand"owt'/, n. Informal. 1. a portion of food or the like given to a needy person, as a beggar. 2. See press release. 3. any printed, typed, mimeographed, or photocopied copy of ...
/hand"oh'veuhr/, n. the act of relinquishing property, authority, etc.: a handover of occupied territory. Also, hand-over. [n. use of v. phrase hand over] * * *
/hand"pik"/, v.t. 1. to pick by hand. 2. to select personally and with care: The boss handpicked his assistants. [1825-35; HAND + PICK1] * * *
See handpick. * * *
hand press n. A printing press operated by hand. * * *
handprint [hand′print΄] n. an impression or mark made by a hand * * * hand·print (hăndʹprĭnt') n. An outline or indentation left by a hand. * * *
hand puppet n. A puppet operated by hand. * * *
/hand"rayl'/, n. a rail serving as a support or guard at the side of a stairway, platform, etc. [1785-95; HAND + RAIL1] * * *
/hand"rub"/, v.t., handrubbed, handrubbing. to rub by hand, esp. so as to polish: Handrubbing the wood brings out the natural grain. [HAND + RUB] * * *
hands, imposition of
▪ Judaism and Christianity also called  Laying On Of Hands,         ritual act in which a priest or other religious functionary places one or both hands palms down on ...
/handz"down"/, adj. 1. easy: a hands-down victory. 2. certain: a book destined to be a hands-down bestseller. [1865-70] * * *
/handz"awf", -of"/, adj. 1. characterized by nonintervention or noninterference: the new hands-off foreign policy. 2. remote or unfriendly; estranging: a truculent, hands-off ...
/handz"on", -awn"/, adj. 1. characterized by or involved in active personal participation in an activity; individual and direct: a workshop to give children hands-on experience ...
/hand"saw'/, n. any common saw with a handle at one end for manual operation with one hand. See illus. under saw1. [1375-1425; late ME; see HAND, SAW1] * * *
/han"seuhl/, n., v., handseled, handseling or (esp. Brit.) handselled, handselling. n. 1. a gift or token for good luck or as an expression of good wishes, as at the beginning of ...
n. /hand"set'/; v., adj. /hand"set", -set'/, n., v., handset, handsetting, adj. n. 1. Also called French telephone. a telephone having a mouthpiece and earpiece mounted at ...
/hand"soh"/, v.t., handsewed, handsewn or handsewed, handsewing. to sew by hand. [1915-20; HAND + SEW] * * *
/hand"sohn"/, adj. sewn by hand. [1885-90; HAND + SEWN] * * *
/handz"free'/, adj. not requiring the use of the hands: handsfree telephone dialing by voice commands. Also, handfree. [HAND + -S3 + FREE] * * *
/hand"shayk'/, n. 1. a gripping and shaking of right hands by two individuals, as to symbolize greeting, congratulation, agreement, or farewell. 2. Also, handshaking. Computers. ...
/hand"shay'keuhr/, n. a person who is or is required to be overtly or ostentatiously friendly: Politicians are often incurable handshakers. [1900-05; HANDSHAKE + -ER1] * * *
/hand"shayp'/, n. (in sign language) the held position of the hand and fingers in producing a particular sign. [HAND + SHAPE] * * *
—handsomeish, adj. —handsomeness, n. /han"seuhm/, adj., handsomer, handsomest. 1. having an attractive, well-proportioned, and imposing appearance suggestive of health and ...
Handsome Lake
Handsome Lake 1735-1815; Seneca prophet, social reformer, & founder of a North American Indian religion named after him * * *
Handsome Lake cult
▪ religion also called  Longhouse Religion , or  Gai'wiio (Seneca: “Good Message”)        longest-established prophet movement in North America. Its founder was ...
/han"seuhm lee/, adv. in a handsome manner; pleasingly; successfully. [1540-50; HANDSOME + -LY] * * *
See handsomely. * * *
/hand"spuyk'/, n. a bar used as a lever. [1605-15; < D handspaak (see HAND, SPOKE2), with -spaak replaced by SPIKE1] * * *
/hand"spring'/, n., v., handsprang, handsprung, handspringing. n. 1. an acrobatic feat in which one starts from a standing position and wheels the body forward or backward in a ...
handstamp [hand′stamp΄] n. 1. RUBBER STAMP 2. a rubber stamp used to postmark stamps vt. to postmark (a stamp) with a handstamp * * *
/hand"stand'/, n., v., handstood, handstanding. n. 1. an act or instance of supporting the body in a vertical position by balancing on the palms of the hands. v.i. 2. to perform ...
/hand"stich'/, v.t. to stitch or sew by hand. [HAND + STITCH] * * *
handto hand
See hand-to-hand. * * *
handto mouth
See hand-to-mouth. * * *
hand truck n. A two-wheeled cart for moving heavy objects by hand, consisting of a vertical framework with handles at the top and a metal blade at the bottom that is inserted ...
/hand"wawr'meuhr/, n. a small, flat, usually pocket-size device containing material, as chemicals, hot liquids, or a battery-operated heating element, for warming the ...
hand waving n. Usually insubstantial words or actions intended to convince or impress: resorted to hand waving instead of arguing rationally. * * *
/hand"wee'ving/, n. 1. the art or technique of weaving on a handloom. 2. the fabric produced by handweaving. [1835-45; HAND + WEAVING] * * *
/hand"hweel', -weel'/, n. a wheel, as a valve wheel, turned by hand. [1930-35; HAND + WHEEL] * * *
—hand worker. /hand"werrk'/, n. work done by hand, as distinguished from work done by machine. [bef. 1000; ME; OE handweorc. See HAND, WORK; cf. HANDIWORK] * * *
/hand"woh"veuhn/, adj. made on a handloom; handloomed. [1875-80; HAND + WOVEN] * * *
See handwringing. * * *
hand·wring·ing or hand wringing (hăndʹrĭng'ĭng) n. 1. Clasping and squeezing of the hands, often in distress. 2. An excessive expression of distress: handwringing by some ...
/hand"ruyt'/, v.t., handwrote or (Archaic) handwrit; handwritten or (Archaic) handwrit; writing. to write (something) by hand. [1840-50; back formation from HANDWRITING] * * *
/hand"ruy'ting/, n. 1. writing done with a pen or pencil in the hand; script. 2. a style or manner of writing by hand, esp. that which characterizes a particular person; ...
handwritten [hand′rit΄'n] adj. written by hand, with pen, pencil, etc. * * *
/hand"rawt"/, adj. formed or shaped by hand, as metal objects. Also, handworked /hand"werrkt"/. [HAND + WROUGHT] * * *
—handiness, n. /han"dee/, adj., handier, handiest. 1. within easy reach; conveniently available; accessible: The aspirins are handy. 2. convenient or useful: A typewriter is a ...
/han"dee/, n. W(illiam) C(hristopher), 1873-1958, U.S. blues composer. * * *
Handy, W(illiam) C(hristopher)
Han·dy (hănʹdē), W(illiam) C(hristopher). 1873-1958. American musician and composer. He was the first person to recognize the importance of blues as a legitimate musical ...
Handy, W.C.
▪ American composer in full  William Christopher Handy   born Nov. 16, 1873, Florence, Ala., U.S. died March 28, 1958, New York, N.Y.  black American composer who changed ...
/han"dee an"dee/, n., pl. handy-andies. a handyman. [after hero of Handy Andy, novel by Samuel Lover (1797-1868), Irish novelist] * * *
/han"dee dan"dee/, adj. Informal. handy (def. 2). [1575-85] * * *
/han"dee man'/, n., pl. handymen. a person hired to do various small jobs, esp. in the maintenance of an apartment building, office building, or the like. [1870-75; HANDY + ...
handyman's special
fixer-upper. * * *
/han"dee perr'seuhn/, n. a person who is practiced at doing maintenance work. [HANDY(MAN) + -PERSON] Usage. See -person. * * *
/hah'ne fee"ye/, n. (in the courtyard of a mosque) a fountain for ritual washing. [ < Ar hanafiyah, after the name of one of the four main schools of Islamic jurisprudence] * * *
or Han-fei-tzu died 233 BC, China Greatest of China's legalist philosophers. Much about his life is unknown; it ended when he was sent on a diplomatic mission to the court of ...
/han"feuhrd/, n. 1. a city in central California. 20,958. 2. a locality in SE Washington, on the Columbia River: site of an atomic energy plant (Hanford Works). Cf. Richland. * * ...
—hangable, adj. —hangability, n. /hang/, v., hung or (esp. for 4, 5, 20, 24) hanged; hanging; n. v.t. 1. to fasten or attach (a thing) so that it is supported only from above ...
hang glider
a kitelike glider consisting of a V-shaped wing underneath which the pilot is strapped: kept aloft by updrafts and guided by the pilot's shifting body weight. [1925-30] * * *
hang gliding
the sport of launching oneself from a cliff or a steep incline and soaring through the air by means of a hang glider. [1970-75] * * * Sport of flying in unpowered aircraft that ...
hang time
the length of time that a football remains in the air after being kicked. [1970-75] * * *
hang-glide (hăngʹglīd') intr.v. hang-·glid·ed, hang-·glid·ing, hang-·glides To fly by means of a hang glider. * * *
/hang"on', -awn'/, Informal. n. 1. something easily attached to or mounted on another surface or object, as a turbocharger or transceiver in an automobile, a unit suspendable ...
/hang"up'/, n. Slang. 1. a preoccupation, fixation, or psychological block; complex: His hang-up is trying to outdo his brother. 2. a source of annoying difficulty or burden; ...
See hang. * * *
/hang"euhr/, n. 1. a shed or shelter. 2. any relatively wide structure used for housing airplanes or airships. v.t., v.i. 3. to keep (an aircraft) in a hangar: She spent a ...
Hangayn Mountains
▪ mountains, Mongolia Mongolian  Hangayn Nuruu , also called  Changai Mountains , or  Khangai Mountains        range in central Mongolia. It extends ...
/hang"berrd'/, n. Older Use. a bird that builds a hanging nest, esp. the Baltimore oriole. [1785-95, Amer.; HANG + BIRD] * * *
/hang"chow"/; Chin. /hahng"joh"/, n. Older Spelling. Hangzhou. * * *
Hangchow Bay.
See Hangzhou Bay. * * *
/hang"dawg', -dog'/, adj. 1. browbeaten; defeated; intimidated; abject: He always went about with a hangdog look. 2. shamefaced; guilty: He sneaked out of the room with a hangdog ...
hanged (hăngd) v. Past tense and past participle of hang. See Usage Note at hang. * * *
hanged, drawn and quartered
➡ capital punishment * * *
/hang"euhr/, n. 1. a shoulder-shaped frame with a hook at the top, usually of wire, wood, or plastic, for draping and hanging a garment when not in use. 2. a part of something by ...
/hang"euhr on", -awn"/, n., pl. hangers-on. a person who remains in a place or attaches himself or herself to a group, another person, etc., although not wanted, esp. in the hope ...
/hang"fuyeur'/, n. a delay in the detonation of gunpowder or other ammunition, caused by some defect in the fuze. [1890-95; HANG + FIRE] * * *
hang glider n. 1. A device resembling a kite from which a harnessed rider hangs while gliding from a height. 2. The rider of such a device. * * *
—hangingly, adv. /hang"ing/, n. 1. the act, an instance, or the form of capital punishment carried out by suspending one by the neck from a gallows, gibbet, or the like, until ...
Hanging Gardens of Babylon
ornamental gardens planted on the terraces of the ziggurats of ancient Babylon. Cf. Seven Wonders of the World. * * * ▪ ancient garden, Babylon, Mesopotamia  gardens ...
hanging indention
Print. an indention of uniform length at the beginning of each line except the first, which is flush left and of full width. [1925-30] * * *
hanging lie
Golf. a lie in which the ball is situated on a slope having a downward incline in the direction that the ball is to be played. [1905-10] * * *
hanging post
a post from which a door, gate, etc., is hung. Also called hinging post. [1785-95] * * *
hanging scroll.
See under scroll (def. 5). * * *
hanging step
a step projecting from a wall with no real or apparent support at its outer end. [1875-80] * * *
hanging stile
1. the stile of a door, shutter, etc., by which it is hung. 2. the stile of a window frame from which a casement sash is hung. 3. See pulley stile. Cf. shutting ...
hanging valley
1. a valley, the lower end of which opens high above a shore, usually caused by the rapid erosion of a cliff. 2. a tributary valley whose mouth is set above the the floor of the ...
hanging wall
1. Mining. the underside of the wall rock overlying a vein or bed of ore. Cf. footwall (def. 1). 2. Geol. a mass of rock overhanging a fault plane. [1770-80] * * *
/hang"ing fluy'/, n., pl. hangingflies. a small, long-legged scorpionfly of the family Bittacidae, resembling the crane fly but having four wings rather than two and hanging from ...
hanging indention n. Indention of every line in a paragraph except the first. * * *
hanging valley n. A tributary valley that joins a main valley where the latter has been deepened, usually by glacial erosion, resulting in a steep drop from the floor of the ...
hanging wall n. Geology 1. The mass of rock overlying a mineral deposit in a mine. 2. The overlying block of a fault having an inclined fault plane. * * *
/hang"meuhn/ for 1; /hang"man'/ for 2, n., pl. hangmen. for 1. 1. a person who hangs criminals who are condemned to death; public executioner. 2. a word game in which one player ...
hangman's knot
a slip noose for hanging a person, usually having eight or nine turns around the rope. * * *
/hang"nayl'/, n. a small piece of partly detached skin at the side or base of the fingernail. Cf. whitlow. [1300-50; ME angenayle corn, OE angnaegl, equiv. to ang- (var. of enge ...
/hang"owt'/, n. Informal. a place where a person frequently visits, esp. for socializing or recreation. [1850-55, Amer.; n. use of v. phrase hang out] * * *
/hang"oh'veuhr/, n. 1. the disagreeable physical aftereffects of drunkenness, such as a headache or stomach disorder, usually felt several hours after cessation of drinking. 2. ...
/hang"tag'/, n. a tag attached to a garment or other piece of merchandise that includes information about the manufacturer or designer, the fabric or material used, the model ...
hang time n. 1. The amount of time that a football remains aloft after it is kicked. 2. The amount of time that an athlete remains airborne while jumping. * * *
Hangtown Fry
/hang"town'/ a type of omelet to which fried oysters, bacon, and sometimes onions are added. [allegedly after Hangtown, a Gold Rush-era nickname of Placerville, El Dorado Co., ...
/hahng"goohl/, n. the Korean alphabetic writing system, introduced in the 15th century, containing 14 consonants and 11 vowels. [ < Korean, equiv. to han great (but frequently ...
/hahng"joh"/, n. Pinyin. a seaport in and the capital of Zhejiang province, in E China, on Hangzhou Bay. 1,100,000. Also, Hangchow. * * * or Hang-chou conventional ...
Hangzhou Bay
a bay of the East China Sea. Also, Hangchow Bay. * * *
▪ people also called  Woni  or  Houni         an official nationality of China. The Hani live mainly on the high southwestern plateau of Yunnan province, China, ...
Hani, Martin Thembisile
▪ 1994       ("CHRIS"), South African political activist (b. June 28, 1942, Cofimvaba, South Africa—d. April 10, 1993, Boksburg, South Africa), was secretary-general ...
▪ Islām       in the Qurʾān, the sacred scripture of Islām, an Arabic designation for true monotheists (especially Abraham) who were not Jews, Christians, or ...
/hah nee"feuh/, n. a female given name: from an Arabic word meaning "true believer." Also, Hanifa. * * *
Ḥanīsh Islands
▪ islands, Red Sea Arabic  Jazāʾir Ḥanīsh        archipelago in the southern Red Sea that as of November 1, 1998, was officially recognized as sovereign ...
/hah"nee wah'/, n., pl. haniwa. any of the terra-cotta models of people, animals, and houses from the Yayoi period of Japanese culture. [1965-70; < Japn, earlier faniwa, equiv. ...

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