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HAND. That part of the human body at the end of the arm.
     2. Formerly the hand was considered as the symbol of good faith, and some contracts derive their names from the fact that the hand was used in making them; as handsale, (q.v.) mandatum, (q.v.) which comes from a mandata. The hand is still used for various legal or forensic purposes. When a person is accused of a crime and he is arraigned, and he is asked to hold up his right hand; and when one is sworn as a witness, he is required to lay his right hand on the Bible, or to hold it up.
     3. Hand is also the name of a measure of length used in ascertaining the height of horses. It is four inches long. See Measure: Ell.
     4. In a figurative sense, by hand is understood a particular form of writing; as if B writes a good hand. Various kinds of hand have been used, as, the secretary hand, the Roman hand, the court hand, &c. Wills and contracts may be written in any of these, or any other which is intelligible.

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Experimentation with handles as persistent identifiers in catalog records has begun for monographs and maps.
I will consider the gestures made by Mute in Epicene (indications of which are given in the text) vis-a-vis those performed by the tongueless, handless Lavinia in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, whose impassioned gestures make strange the act of gesturing on the stage and signal a potentially disruptive semiotic "noise.
Since there appear to be no known descendants of the John family living locally and the fate of the handless statue is unknown, the museum has decided to put the hand in its collection.
Bashir Ahmed, the uncle of Shehzad Tanweer, claimed his nephew had been brainwashed by the handless cleric and other Islamic fundamentalists.
Why, when I was a delegate, Saddam would never let us get away with handing in our work late,'' said one handless parent.
The Prison Service approved a new hook for handless Hamza, 46, after he complained that -one was broken.
A handless clock hangs on the wall above her feet, a reminder of the special eternity of any hospital stay.
James Thurber, and Al Hirschfeld); then, this linearity is itself refined by the cool palette and handless formality of post-painterly American abstraction, so the paintings seem to become art inevitably and almost inadvertently.
His mind and hand went together," says the actors' preface to the Shakespeare folio,(21) but this is not the case here in these signs: though the material signs, to my knowledge, don't survive, Jonson and Fletcher are apparently just handless, disembodied heads.
The inventory, infinitely detailed, implies we'll be left not just empty-handed but handless, too.
For Russell, the inspiration for the scene lay not in the opportunity for recapitulation of his drama with Rita, but rather in appearing before the camera without his hooks, displaying his handless body.