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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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Diva research was quietly disrupted by a handless maiden.
With a friendly and knowledgeable host, and a numberless and handless clock displaying only "Pembrokeshire time", it lends itself perfectly to a cosy and mellow Sunday afternoon watching the world (or the thrillseekers) go by while sampling a cheeky ale or two.
A similar effect is achieved by Pier da Medicina's cloven throat, chopped off nose, and single ear ("una orecchia sola"), by Mosca dei Lamberti's handless stumps ("moncherin") raised in the air, and by Curio's slit tongue.
Handless by choice, I struggle and dream of caresses for all human beings.
Putnam remarks that due to the differences between the causal environments in which normal thinkers and brains in vats are ensconced, the semantic properties of the language of the brain in a vat differ from those of the language spoken by his normal unenvatted counterpart (this difference may enable one to argue that one is not a handless brain in a vat).
Mazar, Tell: Stern 2001: 246 (building with assumed Assyrian influence); Stern 2001: 39 ("Assyrian-style" pottery); Routledge 1997: 34-35 (handless jars, round in the sixth- and fifth-century cemetery), but Bennett 1982: 183 ("the pottery from Tell Mazar .
The employee testified she would not have used the phone at all had company safety managers told her studies have shown even handless cell-phone use poses a greater risk of traffic accidents.
"There they come / the beheaded, / the handless, / the dismembered," the poet Maria Rivera recently wrote in "Los Muertos" ("The Dead"), a piece she read aloud at last year's National March for Peace in Mexico City.
(42-47) The two anonymous characters of scene eleven complete the desecration, turning the problem of what to do with the Admiral's headless and handless corpse into carnivalesque comedy.