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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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I still see comma splices from a mile away and often have to resist the urge to correct them on student papers; I often have to suppress my inner editor during tutorials no matter how badly my writing hand itches to make corrections.
In chapter 4, the discussion of orthography--a practice not usually associated with listening--draws attention to the sound registered by the writing hand, thus bringing out the oral dimension of the written word both on the page and in the body.
PLACE THE TELEPHONE opposite to your writing hand to make it easier to hold the receiver and write simultaneously.
With South Africa's Dennis Brutus and Mandla Langa in my heart, and Nigeria's Wole Soyinka and Chinua Achebe in my head, and Americans like Baldwin, Reed, Parker-Rhodes, and Walker in my writing hand, I refuse to see Blacks as just "faces at the bottom of the well," as author-lawyer Derrick Bell suggests in his poignant book about the permanence of racism and America's preoccupation of Blacks being seen as pathological models who are inferior to Whites.
Lloyd added that the injury also has affected her son's grades, because it happened to his writing hand.
On the other hand, the writing hand, he is the only present-day writer writing in Spanish who will be read one hundred years from now.
We held the ball in the palm of one hand and used our writing hand thumb to punch a hole into the center of the ball--going almost to the bottom.
It's harder to paint your writing hand, but the only way to perfect it is by taking your time, going slowly, and steadying your hand by placing your elbow on a solid surface.
Again, try to do that without using the thumb on your writing hand.