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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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The inventor of the All-In-One Hander Solder Gun previously developed a working prototype that was utilized with success for a period of time.
Handedness has been assumed to have some relationship with the creativity (Stewart and Clayson, 1980) as left handers tend to be higher on intellectual (Ghayas and Adil, 2007) and creative abilities.
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Former England captain Michael Vaughan said Australia had been clever in stacking their batting with right-handers as Swann prefers bowling to left - handers where he can turn the ball away from the bat.
For proof of prejudice and negative stereotypes related to left- handers we need to go no further than having a look at different languages of the world.
Left-Handers Life Choices Survey was launched on Left-Handers Day, held annually on 13 August, and claims to be the most widespread survey of left handers' careers and interests ever produced.