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What

what (hwut, hwot, wut, wot; unstressed hwət, wət),USA pronunciation  pron. 
  1. (used interrogatively as a request for specific information): What is the matter?
  2. (used interrogatively to inquire about the character, occupation, etc., of a person): What does he do?
  3. (used interrogatively to inquire as to the origin, identity, etc., of something): What are those birds?
  4. (used interrogatively to inquire as to the worth, usefulness, force, or importance of something): What is wealth without friends?
  5. (used interrogatively to request a repetition of words or information not fully understood, usually used in elliptical constructions): You need what?
  6. (used interrogatively to inquire the reason or purpose of something, usually used in elliptical constructions): What of it?
  7. how much?: What does it cost?
  8. (used relatively to indicate that which): I will send what was promised.
  9. whatever;
    anything that: Say what you please. Come what may.
  10. the kind of thing or person that: He said what everyone expected he would. They are just what I was expecting.
  11. as much as;
    as many as: We should each give what we can.
  12. the thing or fact that (used in parenthetic clauses): He went to the meeting and, what was worse, insisted on speaking.
  13. (used to indicate more to follow, additional possibilities, alternatives, etc.): You know what? Shall we go or what?
  14. (used as an intensifier in exclamatory phrases, often fol. by an indefinite article): What luck! What an idea!
  15. don't you agree?: An unusual chap, what?
  16. [Nonstandard.]that;
    which;
    who: She's the one what told me.
  17. Say what? (used esp. among teenagers) What's that you say? Would you repeat that?
  18. So what? (an expression of disinterest, disinclination, or contempt.)
  19. what have you, other things of the same kind;
    so forth: money, jewels, stocks, and what have you.
  20. what for: 
    • why: What are you doing that for?
    • a punishment or scolding.
  21. what if, what would be the outcome if;
    suppose that: What if everyone who was invited comes?
  22. what it takes, something that enables one to achieve success or attain a desired end, as good looks, ability, or money: There's a young woman who has what it takes to get along in the world.
  23. what's what, the true situation;
    all the facts: It's high time you told him what's what.

n. 
  1. the true nature or identity of something, or the sum of its characteristics: a lecture on the whats and hows of crop rotation.

adj. 
  1. (used interrogatively before nouns): What news? What clothes shall I pack?
  2. whatever: Take what supplies you need.

adv. 
  1. to what extent or degree? how much?: What does it matter?
  2. (used to introduce a prepositional phrase beginning with with): What with storms and all, their return was delayed.
  3. [Obs.]for what reason or purpose? why?

interj. 
  1. (used in exclamatory expressions, often fol. by a question): What, no salt?

conj. 
  1. [Older Use.]as much as;
    as far as: He helps me what he can.
  2. but what, but that;
    but who;
    who or that … not: Who knows but what the sun may still shine.

Hand

hand (hand),USA pronunciation  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 corresponding part of the forelimb in any of the higher vertebrates.
  3. a terminal prehensile part, as the chela of a crustacean, or, in falconry, the foot of a falcon.
  4. something resembling a hand in shape or function, as various types of pointers: the hands of a clock.
  5. index (def. 8).
  6. a person employed in manual labor or for general duties;
    worker;
    laborer: a factory hand; a ranch hand.
  7. a person who performs or is capable of performing a specific work, skill, or action: a real hand at geometry.
  8. skill;
    workmanship;
    characteristic touch: a painting that shows a master's hand.
  9. a person, with reference to ability or skill: He was a poor hand at running a business.
  10. a member of a ship's crew: All hands on deck!
  11. Often,  hands. possession or power;
    control, custody, or care: to have someone's fate in one's hands.
  12. a position, esp. one of control, used for bargaining, negotiating, etc.: an action to strengthen one's hand.
  13. means, agency;
    instrumentality: death by his own hand.
  14. assistance;
    aid;
    active participation or cooperation: Give me a hand with this ladder.
  15. side;
    direction: no traffic on either hand of the road.
  16. style of handwriting;
    penmanship: She wrote in a beautiful hand.
  17. a person's signature: to set one's hand to a document.
  18. a round or outburst of applause for a performer: to get a hand.
  19. a promise or pledge, as of marriage: He asked for her hand in marriage.
  20. a linear measure equal to 4 inches (10.2 centimeters), used esp. in determining the height of horses.
  21. [Cards.]
    • the cards dealt to or held by each player at one time.
    • the person holding the cards.
    • a single part of a game, in which all the cards dealt at one time are played.
  22. [Roman Law.]manus (def. 2).
  23. hands, [Manège.]skill at manipulating the reins of a horse: To ride well, one must have good hands.
  24. a bunch, cluster, or bundle of various leaves, fruit, etc., as a bundle of tobacco leaves tied together or a cluster of bananas.
  25. [Mach.]the deviation of a thread or tooth from the axial direction of a screw or gear, as seen from one end looking away toward the other.
    • the position of the hinges of a door, in terms of right and left, as seen from outside the building, room, closet, etc., to which the doorway leads.
    • the position of the hinges of a casement sash, in terms of right and left, from inside the window.
  26. Also called  handle. the fabric properties that can be sensed by touching the material, as resilience, smoothness, or body: the smooth hand of satin.
  27. [Archaic.]a person considered as a source, as of information or of supply.
  28. at first hand, firsthand (def. 1).
  29. at hand: 
    • within reach;
      nearby;
      close by.
    • near in time;
      soon.
    • ready for use: We keep a supply of canned goods at hand.
  30. at second hand, See  second hand (def. 3).
  31. at the hand or  hands of, by the action of;
    through the agency of: They suffered at the hands of their stepfather.
  32. by hand, by using the hands, as opposed to machines;
    manually: lace made by hand.
  33. change hands, to pass from one owner to another;
    change possession: The property has changed hands several times in recent years.
  34. come to hand: 
    • to come within one's reach or notice.
    • to be received;
      arrive: The spring stock came to hand last week.
  35. eat out of one's hand, to be totally submissive to another;
    be very attentive or servile: That spoiled brat has her parents eating out of her hand.
  36. force one's hand, to prompt a person to take immediate action or to reveal his or her intentions: The criticism forced the governor's hand so that he had to declare his support of the tax bill.
  37. from hand to hand, from one person to another;
    through successive ownership or possession: The legendary jewel went from hand to hand.
  38. from hand to mouth, improvidently;
    precariously;
    with nothing in reserve: They looked forward to a time when they would no longer have to live from hand to mouth.
  39. give one's hand on or  upon, to give one's word;
    seal a bargain by or as if by shaking hands: He said the goods would be delivered within a month and gave them his hand on it.
  40. hand and foot: 
    • so as to hinder movement: They tied him hand and foot.
    • slavishly and continually: Cinderella had to wait on her stepsisters hand and foot.
  41. hand and glove, very intimately associated: Several high-ranking diplomats were found to be hand and glove with enemy agents.Also,  hand in glove. 
  42. hand in hand: 
    • with one's hand enclasped in that of another person.
    • closely associated;
      concurrently;
      conjointly: Doctors and nurses work hand in hand to save lives.
  43. hand over fist, speedily;
    increasingly: He owns a chain of restaurants and makes money hand over fist.
  44. hands down: 
    • effortlessly;
      easily: He won the championship hands down.
    • indisputably;
      incontestably: It was hands down the best race I've ever seen.
  45. hands off! don't touch, strike, or interfere! keep away from!: Hands off my stereo!
  46. hands up! hold your hands above your head! give up!
  47. hand to hand, in direct combat;
    at close quarters: The troops fought hand to hand.
  48. have a hand in, to have a share in;
    participate in: It is impossible that she could have had a hand in this notorious crime.
  49. have one's hands full, to have a large or excessive amount of work to handle;
    be constantly busy: The personnel department has its hands full trying to process the growing number of applications.
  50. hold hands, to join hands with another person as a token of affection: They have been seen holding hands in public.
  51. in hand: 
    • under control: He kept the situation well in hand.
    • in one's possession: cash in hand.
    • in the process of consideration or settlement: regarding the matter in hand.
  52. join hands, to unite in a common cause;
    combine: The democracies must join hands in order to survive.
  53. keep one's hand in, to continue to practice: He turned the business over to his sons, but he keeps his hand in it. I just play enough golf to keep my hand in.
  54. lay one's hands on: 
    • to obtain;
      acquire: I wish I could lay my hands on a good used piano.
    • to seize, esp. in order to punish: He wanted to lay his hands on the person who had backed into his car.
    • to impose the hands in a ceremonial fashion, as in ordination: The bishop laid hands on the candidates.
  55. lend or  give a hand, to lend assistance;
    help out: Lend a hand and we'll finish the job in no time.
  56. lift a hand, to exert any effort: She wouldn't lift a hand to help anyone.Also,  lift a finger. 
  57. off one's hands: 
    • out of one's charge or care: Now, with their children grown and off their hands, they will be free to travel.
    • successfully completed;
      finished: The lawyer planned a vacation as soon as the case was off his hands.
  58. on all hands: 
    • by everyone;
      universally: It was decided on all hands to take an excursion.
    • on every side;
      all around: piercing glances on all hands.Also,  on every hand. 
  59. on hand: 
    • in one's possession;
      at one's disposal: cash on hand.
    • about to occur;
      imminent: A change of government may be on hand.
    • present: There were not enough members on hand to constitute a quorum.
  60. on or  upon one's hands, under one's care or management;
    as one's responsibility: He was left with a large surplus on his hands.
  61. on the other hand, from another side or aspect;
    conversely: Itwas an unfortunate experience, but, on the other hand, one can learn from one's mistakes.
  62. out of hand: 
    • beyond control: to let one's temper get out of hand.
    • without delay;
      at once: The crisis obliged him to act out of hand.
    • no longer in process;
      finished: The case has been out of hand for some time.
    • without consideration or deliberation: to reject a proposal out of hand.
  63. shake hands, to clasp another's hand in greeting, congratulation, or agreement: They shook hands on the proposed partnership.
  64. show one's hand, to disclose or display one's true intentions or motives: The impending revolution forced him to show his hand.
  65. sit on one's hands: 
    • to be unenthusiastic or unappreciative;
      fail to applaud: It was a lively show, but the audience sat on its hands.
    • to take no action;
      be passive or hesitant: While he was being beaten, the others sat on their hands.
  66. take a hand in, to take part in;
    participate in: If the strike continues, the government will have to take a hand in the negotiations.
  67. take in hand: 
    • to undertake responsibility for;
      assume charge: When both parents died, an uncle took the youngster in hand.
    • to deal with;
      treat of: We'll take the matter in hand at the next meeting.
  68. throw up one's hands, to admit one's inadequacy, exasperation, or failure;
    despair: When the general received reports of an enemy build-up, he threw up his hands.
  69. tie one's hands, to render one powerless to act;
    thwart: The provisions of the will tied his hands.Also,  have one's hands tied. 
  70. tip one's hand, to reveal one's plans or intentions before the propitious time.
  71. to hand: 
    • within reach;
      accessible or nearby.
    • into one's possession: A search of the attic brought some valuable antiques to hand.
  72. try one's hand (at), to test one's skill or aptitude for: After becoming a successful painter, he decided to try his hand at sculpture.
  73. turn or  put one's hand to, to set to work at;
    busy oneself with: He turned his hand successfully to gardening.
  74. wash one's hands of, to disclaim any further responsibility for;
    renounce interest in or support of: I washed my hands of the entire affair.
  75. with a heavy hand: 
    • with severity;
      oppressively: The law will punish offenders with a heavy hand.
    • in a clumsy manner;
      awkwardly;
      gracelessly: The play was directed with a heavy hand.
  76. with a high hand, in an arrogant or dictatorial manner;
    arbitrarily: He ran the organization with a high hand.

v.t. 
  1. to deliver or pass with or as if with the hand.
  2. to help, assist, guide, etc., with the hand: He handed the elderly woman across the street.
  3. [Naut.]
    • to take in or furl (a sail).
    • to haul on or otherwise handle.
  4. hand down: 
    • to deliver (the decision of a court): The jury handed down a verdict of guilty.
    • to transmit from one to another, esp. to bequeath to posterity: The ring had been handed down from her grandmother.
  5. hand in, to submit;
    present for acceptance: She handed in her term paper after the deadline.
  6. hand in one's checks, [Chiefly Brit.]See  cash (def. 7).
  7. hand it to, [Informal.]to give just credit to;
    pay respect to: You have to hand it to her for getting the work out.
  8. hand off, [Football.]to hand the ball to a member of one's team in the course of a play.
  9. hand on, to transmit;
    pass on to a successor, posterity, etc.: The silver service was handed on to the eldest daughter of the family.
  10. hand out, to give or distribute;
    pass out: People were handing out leaflets on every corner.
  11. hand over: 
    • to deliver into the custody of another.
    • to surrender control of: He handed over his business to his children.

adj. 
  1. of, belonging to, using, or used by the hand.
  2. made by hand.
  3. carried in or worn on the hand.
  4. operated by hand;
    manual.
handlike′, adj. 

Is

is (iz),USA pronunciation v. 
  1. 3rd pers. sing. pres. indic. of  be. 
  2. as is. See  as 1 (def. 21).

Wedding

wed•ding (weding),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the act or ceremony of marrying;
    marriage;
    nuptials.
  2. the anniversary of a marriage, or its celebration: They invited guests to their silver wedding.
  3. the act or an instance of blending or joining, esp. opposite or contrasting elements: a perfect wedding of conservatism and liberalism.
  4. a merger.

adj. 
  1. of or pertaining to a wedding: the wedding ceremony; a wedding dress.

Ring

ring1  (ring),USA pronunciation  n., v.,  ringed, ring•ing. 
n. 
  1. a typically circular band of metal or other durable material, esp. one of gold or other precious metal, often set with gems, for wearing on the finger as an ornament, a token of betrothal or marriage, etc.
  2. anything having the form of such a band: a napkin ring; a smoke ring.
  3. a circular or surrounding line or mark: dark rings around the eyes.
  4. a circular course: to dance in a ring.
  5. a number of persons or things situated in a circle or in an approximately circular arrangement: a ring of stones; a ring of hills.
  6. the outside edge of a circular body, as a wheel;
    rim.
  7. an enclosed area, often circular, as for a sports contest or exhibition: a circus ring.
  8. a bullring.
  9. an enclosure in which boxing and wrestling matches take place, usually consisting of a square, canvas-covered platform with surrounding ropes that are supported at each corner by posts.
  10. the sport of boxing;
    prizefighting: the heyday of the ring.
  11. (formerly in the U.S., now only in Brit.) an area in a racetrack where bookmakers take bets.
  12. a group of persons cooperating for unethical, illicit, or illegal purposes, as to control stock-market prices, manipulate politicians, or elude the law: a ring of dope smugglers.
  13. a single turn in a spiral or helix or in a spiral course.
  14. [Geom.]the area or space between two concentric circles.
  15. See  annual ring. 
  16. a circle of bark cut from around a tree.
  17. a number of atoms so united that they may be graphically represented in cyclic form. Cf.  chain (def. 7).
  18. rowlock (def. 1).
  19. a bowlike or circular piece at the top of an anchor, to which the chain or cable is secured. See diag. under  anchor. 
  20. Also called  spinning ring. (in the ring-spinning frame) a circular track of highly polished steel on which the traveler moves and which imparts twists to the yarn by variations in its vertical movement.
  21. a unit of measurement of the diameter of cigars, equal to 1/64 of an inch.Also called  ring gauge. 
  22. See  piston ring. 
  23. a set that is closed under the operations of addition and multiplication and that is an Abelian group with respect to addition and an associative semigroup with respect to multiplication and in which the distributive laws relating the two operations hold.
  24. run rings around, to be obviously superior to;
    surpass;
    outdo: As an artist, she can run rings around her brother.
  25. throw or  toss one's hat in or  into the ring. See  hat (def. 7).

v.t. 
  1. to surround with a ring;
    encircle.
  2. to form into a ring.
  3. to insert a ring through the nose of (an animal).
  4. to hem in (animals) by riding or circling about them.
  5. to girdle (def. 11).
  6. (in horseshoes, ringtoss, etc.) to encircle (a stake or peg) with a ring, horseshoe, etc.

v.i. 
  1. to form a ring or rings.
  2. to move in a ring or a constantly curving course: The road rings around the mountain.
ringless, adj. 
ringlike′, adj. 

On

on (on, ôn),USA pronunciation prep. 
  1. so as to be or remain supported by or suspended from: Put your package down on the table; Hang your coat on the hook.
  2. so as to be attached to or unified with: Hang the picture on the wall. Paste the label on the package.
  3. so as to be a covering or wrapping for: Put the blanket on the baby. Put aluminum foil on the lamb chops before freezing them.
  4. in connection, association, or cooperation with;
    as a part or element of: to serve on a jury.
  5. so as to be a supporting part, base, backing, etc., of: a painting on canvas; mounted on cardboard; legs on a chair.
  6. (used to indicate place, location, situation, etc.): a scar on the face; the book on the table; a house on 19th Street.
  7. (used to indicate immediate proximity): a house on the lake; to border on absurdity.
  8. in the direction of: on the left; to sail on a southerly course.
  9. (used to indicate a means of conveyance or a means of supporting or supplying movement): on the wing; This car runs on electricity. Can you walk on your hands? I'll be there on the noon plane.
  10. by the agency or means of: drunk on wine; talking on the phone; I saw it on television.
  11. in addition to: millions on millions of stars.
  12. with respect or regard to (used to indicate the object of an action directed against or toward): Let's play a joke on him. Write a critical essay on Shakespeare.
  13. in a state or condition of;
    in the process of: on strike; The house is on fire!
  14. subject to: a doctor on call.
  15. engaged in or involved with: He's on the second chapter now.
  16. (used to indicate a source or a person or thing that serves as a source or agent): a duty on imported goods; She depends on her friends for encouragement.
  17. (used to indicate a basis or ground): on my word of honor; The movie is based on the book.
  18. (used to indicate risk or liability): on pain of death.
  19. (used to indicate progress toward or completion of an objective): We completed the project on budget.
  20. assigned to or occupied with;
    operating: Who's on the switchboard this afternoon?
  21. [Informal.]so as to disturb or affect adversely: My hair dryer broke on me.
  22. paid for by, esp. as a treat or gift: Dinner is on me.
  23. taking or using as a prescribed measure, cure, or the like: The doctor had her on a low-salt diet.
  24. regularly taking or addicted to: He was on drugs for two years.
  25. with;
    carried by: I have no money on me.
  26. (used to indicate time or occasion): on Sunday; We demand cash on delivery.
  27. (used to indicate the object or end of motion): to march on the capital.
  28. (used to indicate the object or end of action, thought, desire, etc.): to gaze on a scene.
  29. (used to indicate subject, reference, or respect): views on public matters.
  30. (used to indicate an encounter): The pickpocket crept up on a victim.
  31. on the bow, [Naut.]bow3 (def. 7).

adv. 
  1. in, into, or onto a position of being supported or attached: Sew the buttons on.
  2. in, into, or onto a position of covering or wrapping: Put your raincoat on.
  3. fast to a thing, as for support: Hold on!
  4. toward a place, point, activity, or object: to look on while others work.
  5. forward, onward, or along, as in any course or process: further on.
  6. with continuous activity: to work on.
  7. into or in active operation or performance: Turn the gas on.
  8. on and off, off (def. 22a).
  9. on and on, at great length, so as to become tiresome: They rambled on and on about their grandchildren.

adj. 
  1. operating or in use: The television set was on. Is your brake on?
  2. taking place;
    occurring: Don't you know there's a war on?
  3. performing or broadcasting: The radio announcer told us we were on.
    • behaving in a theatrical, lively, or ingratiating way: Around close friends, one doesn't have to be on every minute.
    • functioning or performing at one's best: When she's on, no other tennis player is half as good.
  4. scheduled or planned: Anything on after supper?
  5. [Baseball.]positioned on a base or bases: They had two men on when he hit the home run.
  6. [Cricket.]noting that side of the wicket, or of the field, on which the batsman stands.
  7. on to,  aware of the true nature, motive, or meaning of: I'm on to your little game.

n. 
  1. [Cricket.]the on side.

Pictures

pic•ture (pikchər),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -tured, -tur•ing. 
n. 
  1. a visual representation of a person, object, or scene, as a painting, drawing, photograph, etc.: I carry a picture of my grandchild in my wallet.
  2. any visible image, however produced: pictures reflected in a pool of water.
  3. a mental image: a clear picture of how he had looked that day.
  4. a particular image or reality as portrayed in an account or description;
    depiction;
    version.
  5. a tableau, as in theatrical representation.
  6. See  motion picture. 
  7. pictures, Informal (older use). movies.
  8. a person, thing, group, or scene regarded as resembling a work of pictorial art in beauty, fineness of appearance, etc.: She was a picture in her new blue dress.
  9. the image or perfect likeness of someone else: He is the picture of his father.
  10. a visible or concrete embodiment of some quality or condition: the picture of health.
  11. a situation or set of circumstances: the economic picture.
  12. the image on a computer monitor, the viewing screen of a television set, or a motion-picture screen.

v.t. 
  1. to represent in a picture or pictorially, as by painting or drawing.
  2. to form a mental picture of;
    imagine: He couldn't picture himself doing such a thing.
  3. to depict in words;
    describe graphically: He pictured Rome so vividly that you half-believed you were there.
  4. to present or create as a setting;
    portray: His book pictured the world of the future.
pictur•a•ble, adj. 
pictur•a•ble•ness, n. 
pictur•a•bly, adv. 
pictur•er, n. 

Do

do1  (do̅o̅;[unstressed]dŏŏ, də),USA pronunciation v.  and auxiliary v., pres. sing. 1st pers.  do, 2nd  do  or ([Archaic])  do•est  or  dost, 3rd  does  or ([Archaic])  do•eth  or  doth, pres. pl.  do*  past sing. 1st pers.  did, 2nd  did  or ([Archaic])  didst, 3rd  did, past pl.  did;
 past part.  done;
 pres. part.  do•ing;
 n., pl.  dos, do's. 
v.t. 
  1. to perform (an act, duty, role, etc.): Do nothing until you hear the bell.
  2. to execute (a piece or amount of work): to do a hauling job.
  3. to accomplish;
    finish;
    complete: He has already done his homework.
  4. to put forth;
    exert: Do your best.
  5. to be the cause of (good, harm, credit, etc.);
    bring about;
    effect.
  6. to render, give, or pay (homage, justice, etc.).
  7. to deal with, fix, clean, arrange, move, etc., (anything) as the case may require: to do the dishes.
  8. to travel;
    traverse: We did 30 miles today.
  9. to serve;
    suffice for: This will do us for the present.
  10. to condone or approve, as by custom or practice: That sort of thing simply isn't done.
  11. to travel at the rate of (a specified speed): He was doing 80 when they arrested him.
  12. to make or prepare: I'll do the salad.
  13. to serve (a term of time) in prison, or, sometimes, in office.
  14. to create, form, or bring into being: She does wonderful oil portraits.
  15. to translate into or change the form or language of: MGM did the book into a movie.
  16. to study or work at or in the field of: I have to do my math tonight.
  17. to explore or travel through as a sightseer: They did Greece in three weeks.
  18. (used with a pronoun, as it or that, or with a general noun, as thing, that refers to a previously mentioned action): You were supposed to write thank-you letters; do it before tomorrow, please.
  19. to wear out;
    exhaust;
    tire: That last set of tennis did me.
  20. to cheat, trick, or take advantage of: That crooked dealer did him for $500 at poker.
  21. to attend or participate in: Let's do lunch next week.
  22. to use (a drug or drugs), esp. habitually: The police report said he was doing cocaine.

v.i. 
  1. to act or conduct oneself;
    be in action;
    behave.
  2. to rob;
    steal from: The law got him for doing a lot of banks.
  3. to proceed: to do wisely.
  4. to get along;
    fare;
    manage: to do without an automobile.
  5. to be in health, as specified: Mother and child are doing fine.
  6. to serve or be satisfactory, as for the purpose;
    be enough;
    suffice: Will this do?
  7. to finish or be finished.
  8. to happen;
    take place;
    transpire: What's doing at the office?
  9. (used as a substitute to avoid repetition of a verb or full verb expression): I think as you do.

auxiliary verb. 
  1. (used in interrogative, negative, and inverted constructions): Do you like music? I don't care. Seldom do we witness such catastrophes.
  2. [Archaic.](used in imperatives with you or thou expressed;
    and occasionally as a metric filler in verse): Do thou hasten to the king's side. The wind did blow, the rain did fall.
  3. (used to lend emphasis to a principal verb): Do visit us!
  4. do a number on (someone). See  number (def. 27).
  5. do away with: 
    • to put an end to;
      abolish.
    • to kill.
  6. do by, to deal with;
    treat: He had always done well by his family.
  7. do for: 
    • to cause the defeat, ruin, or death of.
    • [Chiefly Brit.]to cook and keep house for;
      manage or provide for.
  8. do in, [Informal.]
    • to kill, esp. to murder.
    • to injure gravely or exhaust;
      wear out;
      ruin: The tropical climate did them in.
    • to cheat or swindle: He was done in by an unscrupulous broker.
  9. do one proud. See  proud (def. 11).
  10. do one's number. See  number (def. 28).
  11. do one's (own ) thing. See  thing 1 (def. 17).
  12. do or die, to make a supreme effort.
  13. do out of, [Informal.]to swindle;
    cheat: A furniture store did me out of several hundred dollars.
  14. do over, to redecorate.
  15. do time, [Informal.]to serve a term in prison: It's hard to get a decent job once you've done time.
  16. do to death. See  death (def. 15).
  17. do up, [Informal.]
    • to wrap and tie up.
    • to pin up or arrange (the hair).
    • to renovate;
      launder;
      clean.
    • to wear out;
      tire.
    • to fasten: Do up your coat.
    • to dress: The children were all done up in funny costumes.
  18. do with, to gain advantage or benefit from;
    make use of: I could do with more leisure time.
  19. do without: 
    • to forgo;
      dispense with.
    • to dispense with the thing mentioned: The store doesn't have any, so you'll have to do without.
  20. have to do with. See  have (def. 36).
  21. make do, to get along with what is at hand, despite its inadequacy: I can't afford a new coat so I have to make do with this one.

n. 
  1. a burst of frenzied activity;
    action;
    commotion.
  2. a hairdo or hair styling.
  3. a swindle;
    hoax.
  4. [Chiefly Brit.]a festive social gathering;
    party.
  5. dos and don'ts, customs, rules, or regulations: The dos and don'ts of polite manners are easy to learn.

You

you (yo̅o̅; unstressed yŏŏ, yə),USA pronunciation pron., poss.  your  or  yours, obj.  you, pl.  you;
 n., pl.  yous. 
pron. 
  1. the pronoun of the second person singular or plural, used of the person or persons being addressed, in the nominative or objective case: You are the highest bidder. It is you who are to blame. We can't help you. This package came for you. Did she give you the book?
  2. one;
    anyone;
    people in general: a tiny animal you can't even see.
  3. (used in apposition with the subject of a sentence, sometimes repeated for emphasis following the subject): You children pay attention. You rascal, you!
  4. [Informal.](used in place of the pronoun your before a gerund): There's no sense in you getting upset.
  5. [Archaic.]
    • yourself;
      yourselves: Get you home. Make you ready.
    • a pl. form of the pronoun  ye. 

n. 
  1. something or someone closely identified with or resembling the person addressed: Don't buy the bright red shirt—it just isn't you. It was like seeing another you.
  2. the nature or character of the person addressed: Try to discover the hidden you.

Why

why (hwī, wī),USA pronunciation adv., conj., n., pl.  whys, interj. 
adv. 
  1. for what? for what reason, cause, or purpose?: Why did you behave so badly?

conj. 
  1. for what cause or reason: I don't know why he is leaving.
  2. for which;
    on account of which (usually after reason to introduce a relative clause): the reason why he refused to go.
  3. the reason for which: That is why he returned.

n. 
  1. a question concerning the cause or reason for which something is done, achieved, etc.: a child's unending hows and whys.
  2. the cause or reason: the whys and wherefores of a troublesome situation.

interj. 
  1. (used as an expression of surprise, hesitation, etc., or sometimes a mere expletive): Why, it's all gone!

We

we (wē),USA pronunciation pron. pl., [possessive] our  or  ours, [objectective]us. 
  1. nominative pl. of  I. 
  2. (used to denote oneself and another or others): We have two children. In this block we all own our own houses.
  3. (used to denote people in general): the marvels of science that we take for granted.
  4. (used to indicate a particular profession, nationality, political party, etc., that includes the speaker or writer): We in the medical profession have moral responsibilities.
  5. Also called  the royal we. (used by a sovereign, or by other high officials and dignitaries, in place of I in formal speech): We do not wear this crown without humility.
  6. Also called  the editorial we. (used by editors, writers, etc., to avoid the too personal or specific I or to represent a collective viewpoint): As for this column, we will have nothing to do with shady politicians.
  7. you (used familiarly, often with mild condescension or sarcasm, as in addressing a child, a patient, etc.): We know that's naughty, don't we? It's time we took our medicine.
  8. (used in the predicate following a copulative verb): It is we who should thank you.
  9. (used in apposition with a noun, esp. for emphasis): We Americans are a sturdy lot.

Wear

wear (wâr),USA pronunciation  v.,  wore, worn, wear•ing, n. 
v.t. 
  1. to carry or have on the body or about the person as a covering, equipment, ornament, or the like: to wear a coat; to wear a saber; to wear a disguise.
  2. to have or use on the person habitually: to wear a wig.
  3. to bear or have in one's aspect or appearance: to wear a smile; to wear an air of triumph.
  4. to cause (garments, linens, etc.) to deteriorate or change by wear: Hard use has worn these gloves.
  5. to impair, deteriorate, or consume gradually by use or any continued process: Long illness had worn the bloom from her cheeks.
  6. to waste or diminish gradually by rubbing, scraping, washing, etc.: The waves have worn these rocks.
  7. to make (a hole, channel, way, etc.) by such action.
  8. to bring about or cause a specified condition in (a person or thing) by use, deterioration, or gradual change: to wear clothes to rags; to wear a person to a shadow.
  9. to weary;
    fatigue;
    exhaust: Toil and care soon wear the spirit.
  10. to pass (time) gradually or tediously (usually fol. by away or out): We wore the afternoon away in arguing.
  11. to bring (a vessel) on another tack by turning until the wind is on the stern.
  12. to gather and herd (sheep or cattle) to a pen or pasture.

v.i. 
  1. to undergo gradual impairment, diminution, reduction, etc., from wear, use, attrition, or other causes (often fol. by away, down, out, or off).
  2. to retain shape, color, usefulness, value, etc., under wear, use, or any continued strain: a strong material that will wear; colors that wear well.
  3. (of time) to pass, esp. slowly or tediously (often fol. by on or away): As the day wore on, we had less and less to talk about.
  4. to have the quality of being easy or difficult to tolerate, esp. after a relatively long association: It's hard to get to know him, but he wears well.
  5. (of a vessel) to come round on another tack by turning away from the wind.
  6. [Obs.]to be commonly worn;
    to be in fashion.
  7. wear down: 
    • to reduce or impair by long wearing: to wear down the heels of one's shoes.
    • to weary;
      tire: His constant talking wears me down.
    • to prevail by persistence;
      overcome: to wear down the opposition.
  8. wear off, to diminish slowly or gradually or to diminish in effect;
    disappear: The drug began to wear off.
  9. wear out: 
    • to make or become unfit or useless through hard or extended use: to wear out clothes.
    • to expend, consume, or remove, esp. slowly or gradually.
    • to exhaust, as by continued strain;
      weary: This endless bickering is wearing me out.
  10. wear thin: 
    • to diminish;
      weaken: My patience is wearing thin.
    • to become less appealing, interesting, tolerable, etc.: childish antics that soon wore thin.

n. 
  1. the act of wearing;
    use, as of a garment: articles for winter wear; I've had a lot of wear out of this coat.
  2. the state of being worn, as on the person.
  3. clothing or other articles for wearing, esp. when fashionable or appropriate for a particular function (often used in combination): travel wear; sportswear.
  4. gradual impairment, wasting, diminution, etc., as from use: The carpet shows wear.
  5. the quality of resisting deterioration with use;
    durability.
wearer, n. 

Wedding

wed•ding (weding),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the act or ceremony of marrying;
    marriage;
    nuptials.
  2. the anniversary of a marriage, or its celebration: They invited guests to their silver wedding.
  3. the act or an instance of blending or joining, esp. opposite or contrasting elements: a perfect wedding of conservatism and liberalism.
  4. a merger.

adj. 
  1. of or pertaining to a wedding: the wedding ceremony; a wedding dress.

Rings

ring1  (ring),USA pronunciation  n., v.,  ringed, ring•ing. 
n. 
  1. a typically circular band of metal or other durable material, esp. one of gold or other precious metal, often set with gems, for wearing on the finger as an ornament, a token of betrothal or marriage, etc.
  2. anything having the form of such a band: a napkin ring; a smoke ring.
  3. a circular or surrounding line or mark: dark rings around the eyes.
  4. a circular course: to dance in a ring.
  5. a number of persons or things situated in a circle or in an approximately circular arrangement: a ring of stones; a ring of hills.
  6. the outside edge of a circular body, as a wheel;
    rim.
  7. an enclosed area, often circular, as for a sports contest or exhibition: a circus ring.
  8. a bullring.
  9. an enclosure in which boxing and wrestling matches take place, usually consisting of a square, canvas-covered platform with surrounding ropes that are supported at each corner by posts.
  10. the sport of boxing;
    prizefighting: the heyday of the ring.
  11. (formerly in the U.S., now only in Brit.) an area in a racetrack where bookmakers take bets.
  12. a group of persons cooperating for unethical, illicit, or illegal purposes, as to control stock-market prices, manipulate politicians, or elude the law: a ring of dope smugglers.
  13. a single turn in a spiral or helix or in a spiral course.
  14. [Geom.]the area or space between two concentric circles.
  15. See  annual ring. 
  16. a circle of bark cut from around a tree.
  17. a number of atoms so united that they may be graphically represented in cyclic form. Cf.  chain (def. 7).
  18. rowlock (def. 1).
  19. a bowlike or circular piece at the top of an anchor, to which the chain or cable is secured. See diag. under  anchor. 
  20. Also called  spinning ring. (in the ring-spinning frame) a circular track of highly polished steel on which the traveler moves and which imparts twists to the yarn by variations in its vertical movement.
  21. a unit of measurement of the diameter of cigars, equal to 1/64 of an inch.Also called  ring gauge. 
  22. See  piston ring. 
  23. a set that is closed under the operations of addition and multiplication and that is an Abelian group with respect to addition and an associative semigroup with respect to multiplication and in which the distributive laws relating the two operations hold.
  24. run rings around, to be obviously superior to;
    surpass;
    outdo: As an artist, she can run rings around her brother.
  25. throw or  toss one's hat in or  into the ring. See  hat (def. 7).

v.t. 
  1. to surround with a ring;
    encircle.
  2. to form into a ring.
  3. to insert a ring through the nose of (an animal).
  4. to hem in (animals) by riding or circling about them.
  5. to girdle (def. 11).
  6. (in horseshoes, ringtoss, etc.) to encircle (a stake or peg) with a ring, horseshoe, etc.

v.i. 
  1. to form a ring or rings.
  2. to move in a ring or a constantly curving course: The road rings around the mountain.
ringless, adj. 
ringlike′, adj. 

On

on (on, ôn),USA pronunciation prep. 
  1. so as to be or remain supported by or suspended from: Put your package down on the table; Hang your coat on the hook.
  2. so as to be attached to or unified with: Hang the picture on the wall. Paste the label on the package.
  3. so as to be a covering or wrapping for: Put the blanket on the baby. Put aluminum foil on the lamb chops before freezing them.
  4. in connection, association, or cooperation with;
    as a part or element of: to serve on a jury.
  5. so as to be a supporting part, base, backing, etc., of: a painting on canvas; mounted on cardboard; legs on a chair.
  6. (used to indicate place, location, situation, etc.): a scar on the face; the book on the table; a house on 19th Street.
  7. (used to indicate immediate proximity): a house on the lake; to border on absurdity.
  8. in the direction of: on the left; to sail on a southerly course.
  9. (used to indicate a means of conveyance or a means of supporting or supplying movement): on the wing; This car runs on electricity. Can you walk on your hands? I'll be there on the noon plane.
  10. by the agency or means of: drunk on wine; talking on the phone; I saw it on television.
  11. in addition to: millions on millions of stars.
  12. with respect or regard to (used to indicate the object of an action directed against or toward): Let's play a joke on him. Write a critical essay on Shakespeare.
  13. in a state or condition of;
    in the process of: on strike; The house is on fire!
  14. subject to: a doctor on call.
  15. engaged in or involved with: He's on the second chapter now.
  16. (used to indicate a source or a person or thing that serves as a source or agent): a duty on imported goods; She depends on her friends for encouragement.
  17. (used to indicate a basis or ground): on my word of honor; The movie is based on the book.
  18. (used to indicate risk or liability): on pain of death.
  19. (used to indicate progress toward or completion of an objective): We completed the project on budget.
  20. assigned to or occupied with;
    operating: Who's on the switchboard this afternoon?
  21. [Informal.]so as to disturb or affect adversely: My hair dryer broke on me.
  22. paid for by, esp. as a treat or gift: Dinner is on me.
  23. taking or using as a prescribed measure, cure, or the like: The doctor had her on a low-salt diet.
  24. regularly taking or addicted to: He was on drugs for two years.
  25. with;
    carried by: I have no money on me.
  26. (used to indicate time or occasion): on Sunday; We demand cash on delivery.
  27. (used to indicate the object or end of motion): to march on the capital.
  28. (used to indicate the object or end of action, thought, desire, etc.): to gaze on a scene.
  29. (used to indicate subject, reference, or respect): views on public matters.
  30. (used to indicate an encounter): The pickpocket crept up on a victim.
  31. on the bow, [Naut.]bow3 (def. 7).

adv. 
  1. in, into, or onto a position of being supported or attached: Sew the buttons on.
  2. in, into, or onto a position of covering or wrapping: Put your raincoat on.
  3. fast to a thing, as for support: Hold on!
  4. toward a place, point, activity, or object: to look on while others work.
  5. forward, onward, or along, as in any course or process: further on.
  6. with continuous activity: to work on.
  7. into or in active operation or performance: Turn the gas on.
  8. on and off, off (def. 22a).
  9. on and on, at great length, so as to become tiresome: They rambled on and on about their grandchildren.

adj. 
  1. operating or in use: The television set was on. Is your brake on?
  2. taking place;
    occurring: Don't you know there's a war on?
  3. performing or broadcasting: The radio announcer told us we were on.
    • behaving in a theatrical, lively, or ingratiating way: Around close friends, one doesn't have to be on every minute.
    • functioning or performing at one's best: When she's on, no other tennis player is half as good.
  4. scheduled or planned: Anything on after supper?
  5. [Baseball.]positioned on a base or bases: They had two men on when he hit the home run.
  6. [Cricket.]noting that side of the wicket, or of the field, on which the batsman stands.
  7. on to,  aware of the true nature, motive, or meaning of: I'm on to your little game.

n. 
  1. [Cricket.]the on side.

The

the1  (stressed ᵺē; unstressed before a consonant ᵺə;
unstressed before a vowel ᵺē),USA pronunciation
 definite article. 
  1. (used, esp. before a noun, with a specifying or particularizing effect, as opposed to the indefinite or generalizing force of the indefinite article a or an): the book you gave me; Come into the house.
  2. (used to mark a proper noun, natural phenomenon, ship, building, time, point of the compass, branch of endeavor, or field of study as something well-known or unique):the sun;
    the Alps;
    theQueen Elizabeth;
    the past; the West.
  3. (used with or as part of a title): the Duke of Wellington; the Reverend John Smith.
  4. (used to mark a noun as indicating the best-known, most approved, most important, most satisfying, etc.): the skiing center of the U.S.; If you're going to work hard, now is the time.
  5. (used to mark a noun as being used generically): The dog is a quadruped.
  6. (used in place of a possessive pronoun, to note a part of the body or a personal belonging): He won't be able to play football until the leg mends.
  7. (used before adjectives that are used substantively, to note an individual, a class or number of individuals, or an abstract idea): to visit the sick; from the sublime to the ridiculous.
  8. (used before a modifying adjective to specify or limit its modifying effect): He took the wrong road and drove miles out of his way.
  9. (used to indicate one particular decade of a lifetime or of a century): the sixties; the gay nineties.
  10. (one of many of a class or type, as of a manufactured item, as opposed to an individual one): Did you listen to the radio last night?
  11. enough: He saved until he had the money for a new car. She didn't have the courage to leave.
  12. (used distributively, to note any one separately) for, to, or in each;
    a or an: at one dollar the pound.

Finger

fin•ger (finggər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. any of the terminal members of the hand, esp. one other than the thumb.
  2. a part of a glove made to receive a finger.
  3. the breadth of a finger as a unit of measurement;
    digit.
  4. the length of a finger: approximately 4½ in. (11 cm).
  5. an informer or spy.
  6. something like a finger in form or use, as a projection or pointer: a finger of land leading out into the bay; the finger on the speedometer.
  7. any of various projecting parts of machines.
  8. burn one's fingers, to suffer injury or loss by meddling or by acting rashly: If you get involved in the controversy, you may burn your fingers.
  9. give (someone) the finger, to express contempt for by or as by the obscene gesture of pointing the middle finger upward while folding the other fingers against the palm.
  10. have a finger in the pie: 
    • to have an interest or share in something.
    • to meddle in something.
  11. keep one's fingers crossed, to wish for good luck or success, as in a specific endeavor: Keep your fingers crossed that I get the job.
  12. lay or  put one's finger on: 
    • to indicate exactly;
      remember: I know the name, but I can't put my finger on it.
    • to discover;
      locate: I haven't been able to lay my finger on the book you requested.
  13. not lift a finger, to make not even a small attempt;
    do nothing: The house was falling into ruin, but he wouldn't lift a finger to repair it.
  14. put the finger on, finger (def. 22).
  15. slip through one's fingers: 
    • to elude one, as an opportunity not taken;
      escape: She let the chance of a lifetime slip through her fingers.
    • to pass or be consumed quickly: Money just slips through his fingers.
  16. snap one's fingers (at), to exhibit disdain or contempt (for): She snaps her fingers at the local gossip.
  17. twist or  wrap around one's little finger, to exert one's influence easily or successfully upon: He has a remarkable talent for twisting people around his little finger.

v.t. 
  1. to touch with the fingers;
    toy or meddle with;
    handle.
  2. to touch with the fingers so as to mar or spoil: Please don't finger the vegetables.
  3. to pilfer;
    filch.
    • to play on (an instrument) with the fingers.
    • to perform or mark (a passage of music) with a certain fingering.
    • to inform against or identify (a criminal) to the authorities: He fingered the man who robbed the bank.
    • to designate as a victim, as of murder or other crime.

v.i. 
  1. to touch or handle something with the fingers.
  2. to extend in or as in the shape of a finger: Landing piers finger out into the river along the city's shoreline.
finger•er, n. 
finger•less, adj. 

Of

of1  (uv, ov; unstressed əv or, esp. before consonants, ə),USA pronunciation prep. 
  1. (used to indicate distance or direction from, separation, deprivation, etc.): within a mile of the church; south of Omaha; to be robbed of one's money.
  2. (used to indicate derivation, origin, or source): a man of good family; the plays of Shakespeare; a piece of cake.
  3. (used to indicate cause, motive, occasion, or reason): to die of hunger.
  4. (used to indicate material, component parts, substance, or contents): a dress of silk; a book of poems; a package of cheese.
  5. (used to indicate apposition or identity): Is that idiot of a salesman calling again?
  6. (used to indicate specific identity or a particular item within a category): the city of Chicago; thoughts of love.
  7. (used to indicate possession, connection, or association): the king of France; the property of the church.
  8. (used to indicate inclusion in a number, class, or whole): one of us.
  9. (used to indicate the objective relation, the object of the action noted by the preceding noun or the application of a verb or adjective): the ringing of bells; He writes her of home; I'm tired of working.
  10. (used to indicate reference or respect): There is talk of peace.
  11. (used to indicate qualities or attributes): an ambassador of remarkable tact.
  12. (used to indicate a specified time): They arrived of an evening.
  13. [Chiefly Northern U.S.]before the hour of;
    until: twenty minutes of five.
  14. on the part of: It was very mean of you to laugh at me.
  15. in respect to: fleet of foot.
  16. set aside for or devoted to: a minute of prayer.
  17. [Archaic.]by: consumed of worms.

The

the1  (stressed ᵺē; unstressed before a consonant ᵺə;
unstressed before a vowel ᵺē),USA pronunciation
 definite article. 
  1. (used, esp. before a noun, with a specifying or particularizing effect, as opposed to the indefinite or generalizing force of the indefinite article a or an): the book you gave me; Come into the house.
  2. (used to mark a proper noun, natural phenomenon, ship, building, time, point of the compass, branch of endeavor, or field of study as something well-known or unique):the sun;
    the Alps;
    theQueen Elizabeth;
    the past; the West.
  3. (used with or as part of a title): the Duke of Wellington; the Reverend John Smith.
  4. (used to mark a noun as indicating the best-known, most approved, most important, most satisfying, etc.): the skiing center of the U.S.; If you're going to work hard, now is the time.
  5. (used to mark a noun as being used generically): The dog is a quadruped.
  6. (used in place of a possessive pronoun, to note a part of the body or a personal belonging): He won't be able to play football until the leg mends.
  7. (used before adjectives that are used substantively, to note an individual, a class or number of individuals, or an abstract idea): to visit the sick; from the sublime to the ridiculous.
  8. (used before a modifying adjective to specify or limit its modifying effect): He took the wrong road and drove miles out of his way.
  9. (used to indicate one particular decade of a lifetime or of a century): the sixties; the gay nineties.
  10. (one of many of a class or type, as of a manufactured item, as opposed to an individual one): Did you listen to the radio last night?
  11. enough: He saved until he had the money for a new car. She didn't have the courage to leave.
  12. (used distributively, to note any one separately) for, to, or in each;
    a or an: at one dollar the pound.

Left

left1  (left),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. of, pertaining to, or located on or near the side of a person or thing that is turned toward the west when the subject is facing north (opposed to right).
  2. (often cap.) of or belonging to the political Left;
    having liberal or radical views in politics.
  3. pertaining to an element of a set that has a given property when written on the left of an element or set of elements of the set: a left identity, as 1 in 1 · x= x.

n. 
  1. the left side or something that is on the left side.
  2. a turn toward the left: Make a left at the next corner.
  3. the Left: 
    • the complex of individuals or organized groups advocating liberal reform or revolutionary change in the social, political, or economic order.
    • the position held by these people. Cf. right (def. 34a, b).
    • See  left wing. 
  4. (usually cap.)
    • the part of a legislative assembly, esp. in continental Europe, that is situated on the left side of the presiding officer and that is customarily assigned to members of the legislature who hold more radical and socialistic views than the rest of the members.
    • the members of such an assembly who sit on the left.
  5. [Boxing.]a blow delivered by the left hand.
  6. [Baseball.]See  left field (def. 1).

adv. 
  1. toward the left: She moved left on entering the room.

Hand

hand (hand),USA pronunciation  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 corresponding part of the forelimb in any of the higher vertebrates.
  3. a terminal prehensile part, as the chela of a crustacean, or, in falconry, the foot of a falcon.
  4. something resembling a hand in shape or function, as various types of pointers: the hands of a clock.
  5. index (def. 8).
  6. a person employed in manual labor or for general duties;
    worker;
    laborer: a factory hand; a ranch hand.
  7. a person who performs or is capable of performing a specific work, skill, or action: a real hand at geometry.
  8. skill;
    workmanship;
    characteristic touch: a painting that shows a master's hand.
  9. a person, with reference to ability or skill: He was a poor hand at running a business.
  10. a member of a ship's crew: All hands on deck!
  11. Often,  hands. possession or power;
    control, custody, or care: to have someone's fate in one's hands.
  12. a position, esp. one of control, used for bargaining, negotiating, etc.: an action to strengthen one's hand.
  13. means, agency;
    instrumentality: death by his own hand.
  14. assistance;
    aid;
    active participation or cooperation: Give me a hand with this ladder.
  15. side;
    direction: no traffic on either hand of the road.
  16. style of handwriting;
    penmanship: She wrote in a beautiful hand.
  17. a person's signature: to set one's hand to a document.
  18. a round or outburst of applause for a performer: to get a hand.
  19. a promise or pledge, as of marriage: He asked for her hand in marriage.
  20. a linear measure equal to 4 inches (10.2 centimeters), used esp. in determining the height of horses.
  21. [Cards.]
    • the cards dealt to or held by each player at one time.
    • the person holding the cards.
    • a single part of a game, in which all the cards dealt at one time are played.
  22. [Roman Law.]manus (def. 2).
  23. hands, [Manège.]skill at manipulating the reins of a horse: To ride well, one must have good hands.
  24. a bunch, cluster, or bundle of various leaves, fruit, etc., as a bundle of tobacco leaves tied together or a cluster of bananas.
  25. [Mach.]the deviation of a thread or tooth from the axial direction of a screw or gear, as seen from one end looking away toward the other.
    • the position of the hinges of a door, in terms of right and left, as seen from outside the building, room, closet, etc., to which the doorway leads.
    • the position of the hinges of a casement sash, in terms of right and left, from inside the window.
  26. Also called  handle. the fabric properties that can be sensed by touching the material, as resilience, smoothness, or body: the smooth hand of satin.
  27. [Archaic.]a person considered as a source, as of information or of supply.
  28. at first hand, firsthand (def. 1).
  29. at hand: 
    • within reach;
      nearby;
      close by.
    • near in time;
      soon.
    • ready for use: We keep a supply of canned goods at hand.
  30. at second hand, See  second hand (def. 3).
  31. at the hand or  hands of, by the action of;
    through the agency of: They suffered at the hands of their stepfather.
  32. by hand, by using the hands, as opposed to machines;
    manually: lace made by hand.
  33. change hands, to pass from one owner to another;
    change possession: The property has changed hands several times in recent years.
  34. come to hand: 
    • to come within one's reach or notice.
    • to be received;
      arrive: The spring stock came to hand last week.
  35. eat out of one's hand, to be totally submissive to another;
    be very attentive or servile: That spoiled brat has her parents eating out of her hand.
  36. force one's hand, to prompt a person to take immediate action or to reveal his or her intentions: The criticism forced the governor's hand so that he had to declare his support of the tax bill.
  37. from hand to hand, from one person to another;
    through successive ownership or possession: The legendary jewel went from hand to hand.
  38. from hand to mouth, improvidently;
    precariously;
    with nothing in reserve: They looked forward to a time when they would no longer have to live from hand to mouth.
  39. give one's hand on or  upon, to give one's word;
    seal a bargain by or as if by shaking hands: He said the goods would be delivered within a month and gave them his hand on it.
  40. hand and foot: 
    • so as to hinder movement: They tied him hand and foot.
    • slavishly and continually: Cinderella had to wait on her stepsisters hand and foot.
  41. hand and glove, very intimately associated: Several high-ranking diplomats were found to be hand and glove with enemy agents.Also,  hand in glove. 
  42. hand in hand: 
    • with one's hand enclasped in that of another person.
    • closely associated;
      concurrently;
      conjointly: Doctors and nurses work hand in hand to save lives.
  43. hand over fist, speedily;
    increasingly: He owns a chain of restaurants and makes money hand over fist.
  44. hands down: 
    • effortlessly;
      easily: He won the championship hands down.
    • indisputably;
      incontestably: It was hands down the best race I've ever seen.
  45. hands off! don't touch, strike, or interfere! keep away from!: Hands off my stereo!
  46. hands up! hold your hands above your head! give up!
  47. hand to hand, in direct combat;
    at close quarters: The troops fought hand to hand.
  48. have a hand in, to have a share in;
    participate in: It is impossible that she could have had a hand in this notorious crime.
  49. have one's hands full, to have a large or excessive amount of work to handle;
    be constantly busy: The personnel department has its hands full trying to process the growing number of applications.
  50. hold hands, to join hands with another person as a token of affection: They have been seen holding hands in public.
  51. in hand: 
    • under control: He kept the situation well in hand.
    • in one's possession: cash in hand.
    • in the process of consideration or settlement: regarding the matter in hand.
  52. join hands, to unite in a common cause;
    combine: The democracies must join hands in order to survive.
  53. keep one's hand in, to continue to practice: He turned the business over to his sons, but he keeps his hand in it. I just play enough golf to keep my hand in.
  54. lay one's hands on: 
    • to obtain;
      acquire: I wish I could lay my hands on a good used piano.
    • to seize, esp. in order to punish: He wanted to lay his hands on the person who had backed into his car.
    • to impose the hands in a ceremonial fashion, as in ordination: The bishop laid hands on the candidates.
  55. lend or  give a hand, to lend assistance;
    help out: Lend a hand and we'll finish the job in no time.
  56. lift a hand, to exert any effort: She wouldn't lift a hand to help anyone.Also,  lift a finger. 
  57. off one's hands: 
    • out of one's charge or care: Now, with their children grown and off their hands, they will be free to travel.
    • successfully completed;
      finished: The lawyer planned a vacation as soon as the case was off his hands.
  58. on all hands: 
    • by everyone;
      universally: It was decided on all hands to take an excursion.
    • on every side;
      all around: piercing glances on all hands.Also,  on every hand. 
  59. on hand: 
    • in one's possession;
      at one's disposal: cash on hand.
    • about to occur;
      imminent: A change of government may be on hand.
    • present: There were not enough members on hand to constitute a quorum.
  60. on or  upon one's hands, under one's care or management;
    as one's responsibility: He was left with a large surplus on his hands.
  61. on the other hand, from another side or aspect;
    conversely: Itwas an unfortunate experience, but, on the other hand, one can learn from one's mistakes.
  62. out of hand: 
    • beyond control: to let one's temper get out of hand.
    • without delay;
      at once: The crisis obliged him to act out of hand.
    • no longer in process;
      finished: The case has been out of hand for some time.
    • without consideration or deliberation: to reject a proposal out of hand.
  63. shake hands, to clasp another's hand in greeting, congratulation, or agreement: They shook hands on the proposed partnership.
  64. show one's hand, to disclose or display one's true intentions or motives: The impending revolution forced him to show his hand.
  65. sit on one's hands: 
    • to be unenthusiastic or unappreciative;
      fail to applaud: It was a lively show, but the audience sat on its hands.
    • to take no action;
      be passive or hesitant: While he was being beaten, the others sat on their hands.
  66. take a hand in, to take part in;
    participate in: If the strike continues, the government will have to take a hand in the negotiations.
  67. take in hand: 
    • to undertake responsibility for;
      assume charge: When both parents died, an uncle took the youngster in hand.
    • to deal with;
      treat of: We'll take the matter in hand at the next meeting.
  68. throw up one's hands, to admit one's inadequacy, exasperation, or failure;
    despair: When the general received reports of an enemy build-up, he threw up his hands.
  69. tie one's hands, to render one powerless to act;
    thwart: The provisions of the will tied his hands.Also,  have one's hands tied. 
  70. tip one's hand, to reveal one's plans or intentions before the propitious time.
  71. to hand: 
    • within reach;
      accessible or nearby.
    • into one's possession: A search of the attic brought some valuable antiques to hand.
  72. try one's hand (at), to test one's skill or aptitude for: After becoming a successful painter, he decided to try his hand at sculpture.
  73. turn or  put one's hand to, to set to work at;
    busy oneself with: He turned his hand successfully to gardening.
  74. wash one's hands of, to disclaim any further responsibility for;
    renounce interest in or support of: I washed my hands of the entire affair.
  75. with a heavy hand: 
    • with severity;
      oppressively: The law will punish offenders with a heavy hand.
    • in a clumsy manner;
      awkwardly;
      gracelessly: The play was directed with a heavy hand.
  76. with a high hand, in an arrogant or dictatorial manner;
    arbitrarily: He ran the organization with a high hand.

v.t. 
  1. to deliver or pass with or as if with the hand.
  2. to help, assist, guide, etc., with the hand: He handed the elderly woman across the street.
  3. [Naut.]
    • to take in or furl (a sail).
    • to haul on or otherwise handle.
  4. hand down: 
    • to deliver (the decision of a court): The jury handed down a verdict of guilty.
    • to transmit from one to another, esp. to bequeath to posterity: The ring had been handed down from her grandmother.
  5. hand in, to submit;
    present for acceptance: She handed in her term paper after the deadline.
  6. hand in one's checks, [Chiefly Brit.]See  cash (def. 7).
  7. hand it to, [Informal.]to give just credit to;
    pay respect to: You have to hand it to her for getting the work out.
  8. hand off, [Football.]to hand the ball to a member of one's team in the course of a play.
  9. hand on, to transmit;
    pass on to a successor, posterity, etc.: The silver service was handed on to the eldest daughter of the family.
  10. hand out, to give or distribute;
    pass out: People were handing out leaflets on every corner.
  11. hand over: 
    • to deliver into the custody of another.
    • to surrender control of: He handed over his business to his children.

adj. 
  1. of, belonging to, using, or used by the hand.
  2. made by hand.
  3. carried in or worn on the hand.
  4. operated by hand;
    manual.
handlike′, adj. 

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