A hand (med./lat.: manus, pl. manūs) is a prehensile, multi-fingered extremity located at the end of an arm or forelimb of primates such as humans, chimpanzees, monkeys, and lemurs. A few other vertebrates such as the koala (which has two opposable thumbs on each "hand" and fingerprints remarkably similar to human fingerprints) are often described as having either "hands" or "paws" on their front limbs.
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... Only in The History of Astronomy (written before 1758) Smith speaks of the invisible hand, to which ignorants refer to explain natural phenomena otherwise unexplainable Fire burns, and water ... and in The Wealth of Nations (1776) Adam Smith speaks of an invisible hand, never of the invisible hand ... They are led by an invisible hand to make nearly the same distribution of the necessaries of life, which would have been made, had the earth been divided into ...
... criticizes how the term of the "invisible hand" has been used ... The invisible hand, he wrote, destroys the possibility of a decent human existence "unless government takes pains to prevent" this outcome, as must be assured in "every improved and civilized society." It ... So as if by an invisible hand England would be spared the ravages of economic rationality ...
... The specific name means "with a long hand" from Latin longus, "long", and manus, "hand" ... Yixianosaurus has a very long hand, 140% of the length of the 89 millimetres (3.5 in) long humerus ... The large hands could have served in catching prey or assisted climbing ...
... four labeled sections right foot, left foot, right hand and left hand ... After spinning, the combination is called (for example "right hand yellow") and players must move their matching hand or foot to a circle of the correct color ... In a two-player game, no two people can have a hand or foot on the same circle the rules are different for more players ...
... Since Smith's time, the principle of the invisible hand has been further incorporated into economic theory ... Human Action (see note 3 at the bottom), claims that Smith believed that the invisible hand was that of God ... The invisible hand is traditionally understood as a concept in economics, but Robert Nozick argues in Anarchy, State and Utopia that substantively the same concept exists in a number ...
More definitions of "hand":
- (noun): A member of the crew of a ship.
Example: "All hands on deck"
- (noun): Terminal part of the forelimb in certain vertebrates (e.g. apes or kangaroos).
Example: "The kangaroo's forearms seem undeveloped but the powerful five-fingered hands are skilled at feinting and clouting"- Springfield (Mass.) Union
- (noun): The cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time.
Example: "I didn't hold a good hand all evening"; "he kept trying to see my hand"
- (noun): A unit of length equal to 4 inches; used in measuring horses.
Example: "The horse stood 20 hands"
- (noun): Physical assistance.
Example: "Give me a hand with the chores"
Synonyms: helping hand
- (verb): Place into the hands or custody of.
Example: "Hand me the spoon, please"
Synonyms: pass, reach, pass on, turn over, give
- (noun): A card player in a game of bridge.
Example: "We need a 4th hand for bridge"
Synonyms: bridge player
- (noun): A rotating pointer on the face of a timepiece.
Example: "The big hand counts the minutes"
- (noun): A hired laborer on a farm or ranch.
Example: "The hired hand fixed the railing"; "a ranch hand"
Synonyms: hired hand, hired man
- (noun): Ability.
Example: "He wanted to try his hand at singing"
- (verb): Guide or conduct or usher somewhere.
Example: "Hand the elderly lady into the taxi"
- (noun): A position given by its location to the side of an object.
Example: "Objections were voiced on every hand"
- (noun): One of two sides of an issue.
Example: "On the one hand..., but on the other hand..."
Famous quotes containing the word hand:
“He yaf me al the bridel in myn hand,
To han the governance of hous and land,
And of his tonge and his hand also;”
—Geoffrey Chaucer (1340?1400)
“He leadeth me O blessed thought,
O words with heavenly comfort fraught,
Whateer I do, whereer I be,
Still tis Gods hand that leadeth me.”
—Joseph Henry Gilmore (18341918)
“It is fair to assume that when women in the past have achieved even a second or third place in the ranks of genius they have shown far more native ability than men have needed to reach the same eminence. Not excused from the more general duties that constitute the cement of society, most women of talent have had but one hand free with which to work out their ideal conceptions.”
—Anna Garlin Spencer (18511931)