Hand vs. Arm

Hand vs. Arm — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Hand and Arm

Handnoun

The terminal part of the human arm located below the forearm, used for grasping and holding and consisting of the wrist, palm, four fingers, and an opposable thumb.

Armnoun

An upper limb of the human body, connecting the hand and wrist to the shoulder.

Handnoun

A homologous or similar part in other animals, as the terminal part of the forelimb in certain vertebrates.

Armnoun

A part similar to a human arm, such as the forelimb of an animal or a long part projecting from a central support in a machine.

Handnoun

A unit of length equal to 4 inches (10.2 centimeters), used especially to specify the height of a horse.

Armnoun

Something, such as a sleeve on a garment or a support on a chair, that is designed to cover or support the human arm.

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Handnoun

Any of the rotating pointers used as indexes on the face of a mechanical clock.

Armnoun

A relatively narrow extension jutting out from a large mass:an arm of the sea.

Handnoun

A pointer, as on a gauge or dial.

Armnoun

An administrative or functional branch, as of an organization.

Handnoun

(Printing)See index.

Armnoun

Power or authority:the long arm of the law.

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Handnoun

Lateral direction indicated according to the way in which one is facing

at my right hand.

Armnoun

(Sports)The skill of throwing or pitching a ball well.

Handnoun

A style or individual sample of writing.

Armnoun

A weapon, especially a firearm

troops bearing arms.ICBMs, bombs, and other nuclear arms.

Handnoun

A signature

put my hand to the contract.

Armnoun

A branch of a military force

infantry, armor, and other combat arms.

Handnoun

A round of applause to signify approval.

Armnoun

Warfare

a call to arms against the invaders.

Handnoun

Physical assistance; help

gave me a hand with the bags.

Armnoun

Military service

several million volunteers under arms.the profession of arms.

Handnoun

hands Sports A hand ball in soccer.

Armnoun

(Heraldry) Bearings.

Handnoun

The cards held in a card game by a given player at any time.

Armnoun

Insignia, as of a state, an official, a family, or an organization.

Handnoun

The number of cards dealt each player; the deal.

Armverb

To supply or equip oneself with weaponry.

Handnoun

A player or participant in a card game

We need a fourth hand for bridge.

Armverb

To prepare oneself for warfare or conflict.

Handnoun

A portion or section of a game during which all the cards dealt out are played

a hand of poker.

Armverb

To equip with weapons

armed themselves with loaded pistols.arm a missile with a warhead.arm a nation for war.

Handnoun

One who performs manual labor

a factory hand.

Armverb

To equip with what is needed for effective action

tax advisers who were armed with the latest forms.

Handnoun

One who is part of a group or crew

the ship's hands.

Armverb

To provide with something that strengthens or protects

a space reentry vehicle that was armed with a ceramic shield.

Handnoun

A participant in an activity, often one who specializes in a particular activity or pursuit

an old hand at labor negotiations.

Armverb

To prepare (a weapon or electronic system, such as an alarm) for use or operation, as by releasing a safety device.

Handnoun

The degree of immediacy of a source of information; degree of reliability

heard the scandalous tale at third hand.

Armnoun

The portion of the upper human appendage, from the shoulder to the wrist and sometimes including the hand.

She stood with her right arm extended and her palm forward to indicate “Stop!”

Handnoun

The strength or force of one's position

negotiated from a strong hand.

Armnoun

(anatomy) The extended portion of the upper limb, from the shoulder to the elbow.

The arm and forearm are parts of the upper limb in the human body.

Handnoun

often hands Possession, ownership, or keeping

The books should be in your hands by noon.

Armnoun

A limb, or locomotive or prehensile organ, of an invertebrate animal.

the arms of an octopus

Handnoun

Power; jurisdiction; care

The defendant's fate is in the hands of the jury. Dinner is in the chef's hands.

Armnoun

A long, narrow, more or less rigid part of an object extending from the main part or centre of the object, such as the arm of an armchair, a crane, a pair of spectacles or a pair of compasses.

The robot arm reached out and placed the part on the assembly line.

Handnoun

Involvement or participation

"In all this was evident the hand of the counterrevolutionaries" (John Reed).

Armnoun

(geography) A bay or inlet off a main body of water.

Shelburne Bay is an arm of Lake Champlain.

Handnoun

An influence or effect

The manager had a hand in all major decisions.

Armnoun

A branch of an organization.

the cavalry arm of the military service

Handnoun

Evidence of craft or artistic skill

can see the hand of a genius even in the lighter poems.

Armnoun

(figurative) Power; might; strength; support.

the arm of the lawthe secular arm

Handnoun

An aptitude or ability

I tried my hand at decorating.

Armnoun

A pitcher

The team needs to sign another arm in the offseason.

Handnoun

The aesthetic feel or tactile quality of something, such as a fabric, textile, or carpeting, that indicates its fineness, texture, and durability.

Armnoun

(genetics) One of the two parts of a chromosome.

Handnoun

A manner or way of performing something

a light hand with makeup.

Armnoun

A group of patients in a medical trial.

Handnoun

Permission or a promise, especially a pledge to wed.

Armnoun

(usually used in the plural) A weapon.

Handnoun

A commitment or agreement, especially when sealed by a handshake; one's word

You have my hand on that.

Armnoun

(in the plural) heraldic bearings or insignia

The Duke's arms were a sable gryphon rampant on an argent field.

Handverb

To give or pass with or as if with the hands; transmit

Hand me your keys.

Armverb

To take by the arm; to take up in one's arms.

Handverb

To aid, direct, or conduct with the hands

The usher handed the patron to a reserved seat.

Armverb

To supply with arms or limbs.

Handverb

(Nautical)To roll up and secure (a sail); furl.

Armverb

To supply with armour or (later especially) weapons.

Handverb

To give (the ball) directly to a teammate, as in football. Often used with off.

Armverb

To prepare a tool or a weapon for action; to activate.

Remember to arm an alarm system.

Handverb

To carry, strike, or propel (the ball) with the hand or arm in violation of the rules in soccer.

Armverb

To cover or furnish with a plate, or with whatever will add strength, force, security, or efficiency.

to arm the hit of a sword; to arm a hook in angling

Handverb

To make a handoff, as in football. Often used with off.

Armverb

(figurative) To furnish with means of defence; to prepare for resistance; to fortify, in a moral sense.

Handnoun

The part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in a human, and the corresponding part in many other animals.

Her hands are really strong.

Armverb

To fit (a magnet) with an armature.

Handnoun

That which resembles, or to some extent performs the office of, a human hand.

Armadjective

Poor; lacking in riches or wealth.

He's neither poor nor arm.

Handnoun

A limb of certain animals, such as the foot of a hawk, or any one of the four extremities of a monkey.

Armadjective

To be pitied; pitiful; wretched.

Handnoun

An index or pointer on a dial; such as the hour and minute hands on the face of an analog clock, which are used to indicate the time of day.

Armnoun

a human limb; technically the part of the superior limb between the shoulder and the elbow but commonly used to refer to the whole superior limb

Handnoun

In linear measurement:

Armnoun

any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting;

he was licensed to carry a weapon

Handnoun

Four inches, a hand's breadth.

Armnoun

an administrative division of some larger or more complex organization;

a branch of Congress

Handnoun

(obsolete) Three inches.

Armnoun

any projection that is thought to resemble an arm;

the arm of the record playeran arm of the seaa branch of the sewer

Handnoun

A side; part, camp; direction, either right or left.

Armnoun

the part of an armchair or sofa that supports the elbow and forearm of a seated person

Handnoun

Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill; dexterity.

Armnoun

the part of a garment that is attached at armhole and provides a cloth covering for the arm

Handnoun

An agent; a servant, or manual laborer, especially in compounds; a workman, trained or competent for special service or duty; a performer more or less skillful.

an old hand at speaking;large farms need many farm hands

Armverb

prepare oneself for a military confrontation;

The U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle Easttroops are building up on the Iraqui border

Handnoun

An instance of helping.

Bob gave Alice a hand to move the furniture.

Armverb

supply with arms;

The U.S. armed the freedom fighters in Afghanistan

Handnoun

Handwriting; style of penmanship.

a good hand

Handnoun

A person's autograph or signature.

Given under my Hand and Seal of the State this 1st Day of January, 2010.

Handnoun

Personal possession; ownership.

Handnoun

Management, domain, control.

in safe hands;in good hands;He lost his job when the factory changed hands.With the business back in the founder's hands, there is new hope for the company.With John in charge of the project, it's in good hands.

Handnoun

That which is, or may be, held in a hand at once.

Handnoun

(card games) The set of cards held by a player.

Handnoun

(tobacco manufacturing) A bundle of tobacco leaves tied together.

Handnoun

(collective) The collective noun for a bunch of bananas.

Handnoun

Applause.

Give him a hand.

Handnoun

(historical) A Native American gambling game, involving guessing the whereabouts of bits of ivory or similar, which are passed rapidly from hand to hand.

Handnoun

(firearms) The small part of a gunstock near the lock, which is grasped by the hand in taking aim.

Handnoun

A whole rhizome of ginger.

Handnoun

The feel of a fabric; the impression or quality of the fabric as judged qualitatively by the sense of touch.

This fabric has a smooth, soft hand.

Handnoun

(archaic) Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance.

Handnoun

(archaic) Agency in transmission from one person to another.

to buy at first hand (from the producer, or when new);to buy at second hand (when no longer in the producer’s hand, or when not new);It's not a rumor. I heard it at first hand.

Handnoun

(obsolete) Rate; price.

Handverb

(transitive) To give, pass, or transmit with the hand, literally or figuratively.

He handed them the letter.She handed responsibility over to her deputy.

Handverb

(transitive) To lead, guide, or assist with the hand; to conduct.

to hand a lady into a carriage

Handverb

To manage.

Handverb

To seize; to lay hands on.

Handverb

To pledge by the hand; to handfast.

Handverb

To furl.

Handverb

To cooperate.

Handnoun

the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb;

he had the hands of a surgeonhe extended his mitt

Handnoun

a hired laborer on a farm or ranch;

the hired hand fixed the railinga ranch hand

Handnoun

something written by hand;

she recognized his handwritinghis hand was illegible

Handnoun

ability;

he wanted to try his hand at singing

Handnoun

a position given by its location to the side of an object;

objections were voiced on every hand

Handnoun

the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time;

I didn't hold a good hand all eveninghe kept trying to see my hand

Handnoun

one of two sides of an issue;

on the one hand..., but on the other hand...

Handnoun

a rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece;

the big hand counts the minutes

Handnoun

a unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses;

the horse stood 20 hands

Handnoun

a member of the crew of a ship;

all hands on deck

Handnoun

a card player in a game of bridge;

we need a 4th hand for bridge

Handnoun

a round of applause to signify approval;

give the little lady a great big hand

Handnoun

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

Handnoun

physical assistance;

give me a hand with the chores

Handverb

place into the hands or custody of;

hand me the spoon, pleaseTurn the files over to me, pleaseHe turned over the prisoner to his lawyers

Handverb

guide or conduct or usher somewhere;

hand the elderly lady into the taxi