(redirected from hands round)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Idioms, Encyclopedia.

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.
References in periodicals archive ?
Eight Hands Round is a collection of twenty-six quilt patterns that reflect events significant to the settlement of the United States.
Thirty-three-year-old Mackie, of LeonardTerrace, Lockerbie, admitted acting in an aggressive manner towards his ex-partner at his home in April, overturning a couch, smashing aTV set and stand and putting his hands round her neck, when he appeared at Dumfries Sheriff Court.
Luckily they were able to move away before she got her hands round their throats.
The complainant, who cannot be identified, claimed Kibirige, who is the son of a hospital consultant and a GP, put his hands round her neck and she was too scared to shout out for help.
? Foster is a safe pair of hands round the cup: Pulis, like many managers, likes to alternate his keepers for league and cup competitions.
Eddie stood up and threw the TV across the floor and threw himself across the room and wrapped his hands round my neck.
"I was still driving when one of them in the back put his hands round my neck and tried hauling me out of my seat.
Nigella, 53, divorced Saatchi, 70, in a 70-second hearing in July after he was pictured with his hands round her neck at a restaurant the month before.
Mr Harding said Shaw made a threat to kill his former partner and after pinning her down on the ground he put his hands round her neck and squeezed hard.
She said: "There were the hands round the neck, bent over the kitchen sink backwards."
"The defendant had both hands round her throat and she took a kitchen stool and hit him.
Mr Holman was alleged to have been repeatedly punched and his wife said Mrs Evans had her hands round her throat.