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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Participants were asked to identify their dominant hand, and where ambiguity occurred, were asked which hand they preferred for writing.
Our pilot study indicates that the test subjects' nondominant hand received higher exposure to gamma radiation than their dominant hand. We believe this may be because the nondominant hand is used for small tasks performed while unshielded, such as recapping a needle, measuring the unshielded dose in the dose calibrator and many others.
2 On graph paper, record a test subject's name, gender, and dominant hand. Use tape measure to determine subject's height, and jot it down.
Subjects estimated dominant hand use of 2 to 10 times the amount of nondominant hand.
We also hypothesised that dominant hand is more skilled in task performance than the non-dominant hand.
In the dominant hand, male participants in the age group of 50-59 years and 60-69 years, the mean handgrip strength in males was statistically highly significant than their female counterparts.
It means therapies that target specific parts of the brain may have a detrimental impact depending on the dominant hand.
Although symmetrical joint involvement is widely accepted, it has been reported in some studies that inflammation increases due to trauma and excessive activity, and as a result, the findings in the dominant hand are likely to be more severe than in the non-dominant hand.
In all, the study found that there is a correlation between brain dominance and laterality of cell phone use, and there is a significantly higher probability of using the dominant hand side ear.
When a servicemember permanently loses the ability to use the dominant hand, he or she faces hand-dominance transfer.
And in another rending that "needs further evaluation," the investigators found that in 84% of the patients, the sum osteophyte score was similar or greater in the dominant hand than in the nondominant hand.
This allows a draw-to-a-strike executed cross-draw with the dominant hand, and permits the non-dominant hand to either whip the baton out into its extended position back-handed, or to draw to a butt-strike.