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Definition: To take in hand
(h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw.
hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h["o]nd, Goth. handus, and
perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. Hunt
1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in
man and monkeys, and the corresponding part in many other
animals; manus; paw. See Manus
2. That which resembles, or to some extent performs the
office of, a human hand; as:
(a) A limb of certain animals, as the foot of a hawk, or
any one of the four extremities of a monkey.
(b) An index or pointer on a dial; as, the hour or minute
hand of a clock.
3. A measure equal to a hand's breadth, -- four inches; a
palm. Chiefly used in measuring the height of horses.
4. Side; part; direction, either right or left.
On this hand and that hand, were hangings. --Ex.
The Protestants were then on the winning hand.
5. Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill;
He had a great mind to try his hand at a Spectator.
6. Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence,
manner of performance.
To change the hand in carrying on the war.
Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by my
hand. --Judges vi.
7. An agent; a servant, or laborer; a workman, trained or
competent for special service or duty; a performer more or
less skillful; as, a deck hand; a farm hand; an old hand
A dictionary containing a natural history requires
too many hands, as well as too much time, ever to be
hoped for. --Locke.
I was always reckoned a lively hand at a simile.
8. Handwriting; style of penmanship; as, a good, bad, or
running hand. Hence, a signature.
I say she never did invent this letter;
This is a man's invention and his hand. --Shak.
Some writs require a judge's hand. --Burril.
9. Personal possession; ownership; hence, control; direction;
management; -- usually in the plural. “Receiving in hand
one year's tribute.”
Albinus . . . found means to keep in his hands the
government of Britain. --Milton.
10. Agency in transmission from one person to another; as, to
buy at first hand, that is, from the producer, or when
new; at second hand, that is, when no longer in the
producer's hand, or when not new.
11. Rate; price. [Obs.] “Business is bought at a dear hand,
where there is small dispatch.”
12. That which is, or may be, held in a hand at once; as:
(a) (Card Playing) The quota of cards received from the
(b) (Tobacco Manuf.) A bundle of tobacco leaves tied
13. (Firearms) The small part of a gunstock near the lock,
which is grasped by the hand in taking aim.
Note: Hand is used figuratively for a large variety of acts
or things, in the doing, or making, or use of which the
hand is in some way employed or concerned; also, as a
symbol to denote various qualities or conditions, as:
(a) Activity; operation; work; -- in distinction from the
head, which implies thought, and the heart, which
implies affection. “His hand will be against every
--Gen. xvi. 12.
(b) Power; might; supremacy; -- often in the Scriptures.
“With a mighty hand . . . will I rule over you.”
--Ezek. xx. 33.
(c) Fraternal feeling; as, to give, or take, the hand; to
give the right hand.
(d) Contract; -- commonly of marriage; as, to ask the
hand; to pledge the hand.
Note: Hand is often used adjectively or in compounds (with or
without the hyphen), signifying performed by the hand;
as, hand blow or hand-blow, hand gripe or hand-gripe:
used by, or designed for, the hand; as, hand ball or
handball, hand bow, hand fetter, hand grenade or
hand-grenade, handgun or hand gun, handloom or hand
loom, handmill or hand organ or handorgan, handsaw or
hand saw, hand-weapon: measured or regulated by the
hand; as, handbreadth or hand's breadth, hand gallop or
hand-gallop. Most of the words in the following
paragraph are written either as two words or in
, a satchel; a small bag for carrying books,
papers, parcels, etc.
, a small or portable basket.
, a small bell rung by the hand; a table bell.
, a small pruning hook. See 4th Bill
. See under Car
(Mus.), an instrument to aid in forming a
good position of the hands and arms when playing on the
piano; a hand guide.
. See Wrist drop
. See under Gallop
(Mach.), apparatus by means of which a machine,
or parts of a machine, usually operated by other power,
may be operated by hand.
(a) A glass or small glazed frame, for the protection of
(b) A small mirror with a handle.
. Same as Hand director
, the art of conversing by the hands, esp. as
practiced by the deaf and dumb; dactylology.
. See under Lathe
, money paid in hand to bind a contract; earnest
(Mus.), a barrel organ, operated by a crank
turned by hand.
. (Bot.) Same as Hand tree
(below). -- Hand rail
, a rail, as in staircases, to hold by. --Gwilt.
, a sail managed by the hand. --Sir W. Temple.
, a small screen to be held in the hand.
, a small jack for raising heavy timbers or
weights; (Carp.) a screw clamp.
(pl. Hand staves
), a javelin. --Ezek. xxxix.
, a small stamp for dating, addressing, or
canceling papers, envelopes, etc.
(Bot.), a lofty tree found in Mexico
), having red flowers whose
stamens unite in the form of a hand.
, a small vise held in the hand in doing small
, or Handwork
, work done with the hands, as
distinguished from work done by a machine; handiwork.
, everybody; all parties.
At all hands
, On all hands
, on all sides; from every
At any hand
, At no hand
, in any (or no) way or direction;
on any account; on no account. “And therefore at no hand
consisting with the safety and interests of humility.”
At first hand
, At second hand
. See def. 10 (above).
(a) Near in time or place; either present and within
reach, or not far distant. “Your husband is at hand;
I hear his trumpet.”
(b) Under the hand or bridle. [Obs.] “Horses hot at
At the hand of
, by the act of; as a gift from. “Shall we
receive good at the hand of God and shall we not receive
--Job ii. 10.
. See under Bridle
, with the hands, in distinction from
instrumentality of tools, engines, or animals; as, to weed
a garden by hand; to lift, draw, or carry by hand.
, freedom from guilt, esp. from the guilt of
dishonesty in money matters, or of bribe taking. “He that
hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.”
From hand to hand
, from one person to another.
Hand in hand
(a) In union; conjointly; unitedly. --Swift.
(b) Just; fair; equitable.
As fair and as good, a kind of hand in hand
Hand over hand
, Hand over fist
, by passing the hands
alternately one before or above another; as, to climb hand
over hand; also, rapidly; as, to come up with a chase hand
Hand over head
, negligently; rashly; without seeing what
one does. [Obs.] --Bacon.
, consecutively; as, he won ten times hand
keep off! forbear! no interference or meddling!
Hand to hand
, in close union; in close fight; as, a hand to
hand contest. --Dryden.
, severity or oppression.
(a) Paid down. “A considerable reward in hand, and . . .
a far greater reward hereafter.”
(b) In preparation; taking place. --Chaucer. “Revels . .
. in hand.”
(c) Under consideration, or in the course of transaction;
as, he has the business in hand.
In one's hand
or In one's hands
(a) In one's possession or keeping.
(b) At one's risk, or peril; as, I took my life in my
Laying on of hands
, a form used in consecrating to office,
in the rite of confirmation, and in blessing persons.
, gentleness; moderation.
Note of hand
, a promissory note.
, Out of hand
, forthwith; without delay,
hesitation, or difficulty; promptly. “She causeth them to
be hanged up out of hand.”
Off one's hands
, out of one's possession or care.
, in present possession; as, he has a supply of
goods on hand.
On one's hands
, in one's possession care, or management.
Putting the hand under the thigh
, an ancient Jewish
ceremony used in swearing.
, the place of honor, power, and strength.
, idleness; carelessness; inefficiency; sloth.
, severe discipline; rigorous government.
To bear a hand
(Naut.), to give help quickly; to hasten.
To bear in hand
, to keep in expectation with false
pretenses. [Obs.] --Shak.
To be hand and glove with
or To be hand in glove with
See under Glove
To be on the mending hand
, to be convalescent or improving.
To bring up by hand
, to feed (an infant) without suckling
To change hand
. See Change
To change hands
, to change sides, or change owners.
To clap the hands
, to express joy or applause, as by
striking the palms of the hands together.
To come to hand
, to be received; to be taken into
possession; as, the letter came to hand yesterday.
To get hand
, to gain influence. [Obs.]
Appetites have . . . got such a hand over them.
To get one's hand in
, to make a beginning in a certain
work; to become accustomed to a particular business.
To have a hand in
, to be concerned in; to have a part or
concern in doing; to have an agency or be employed in.
To have in hand
(a) To have in one's power or control. --Chaucer.
(b) To be engaged upon or occupied with.
To have one's hands full
, to have in hand all that one can
do, or more than can be done conveniently; to be pressed
with labor or engagements; to be surrounded with
To have the (higher) upper hand
, or To get the (higher) upper hand
, to have, or get, the better of another person or
To his hand
, To my hand
, etc., in readiness; already
prepared. “The work is made to his hands.”
To hold hand
, to compete successfully or on even
conditions. [Obs.] --Shak.
To lay hands on
, to seize; to assault.
To lend a hand
, to give assistance.
To lift the hand against
, or To put forth the hand against
, to attack; to oppose; to kill.
To live from hand to mouth
, to obtain food and other
necessaries as want compels, without previous provision.
To make one's hand
, to gain advantage or profit.
To put the hand unto
, to steal. --Ex. xxii. 8.
To put the last hand to
, or To put the finishing hand to
to make the last corrections in; to complete; to perfect.
To set the hand to
, to engage in; to undertake.
That the Lord thy God may bless thee in all that
thou settest thine hand to. --Deut. xxiii.
To stand one in hand
, to concern or affect one.
To strike hands
, to make a contract, or to become surety
for another's debt or good behavior.
To take in hand
(a) To attempt or undertake.
(b) To seize and deal with; as, he took him in hand.
To wash the hands of
, to disclaim or renounce interest in,
or responsibility for, a person or action; as, to wash
one's hands of a business. --Matt. xxvii. 24.
Under the hand of
, authenticated by the handwriting or
signature of; as, the deed is executed under the hand and
seal of the owner.
, v. t. [imp. Took
(t[oo^]k); p. p. Taken
(t[=a]k'n); p. pr. & vb. n. Taking
.] [Icel. taka; akin to
Sw. taga, Dan. tage, Goth. t[=e]kan to touch; of uncertain
1. In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the
hands, or otherwise; to grasp; to get into one's hold or
possession; to procure; to seize and carry away; to
convey. Hence, specifically:
(a) To obtain possession of by force or artifice; to get
the custody or control of; to reduce into subjection
to one's power or will; to capture; to seize; to make
prisoner; as, to take an army, a city, or a ship;
also, to come upon or befall; to fasten on; to attack;
to seize; -- said of a disease, misfortune, or the
This man was taken of the Jews. --Acts xxiii.
Men in their loose, unguarded hours they take;
Not that themselves are wise, but others weak.
They that come abroad after these showers are
commonly taken with sickness. --Bacon.
There he blasts the tree and takes the cattle
And makes milch kine yield blood. --Shak.
(b) To gain or secure the interest or affection of; to
captivate; to engage; to interest; to charm.
Neither let her take thee with her eyelids.
Cleombroutus was so taken with this prospect,
that he had no patience. --Wake.
I know not why, but there was a something in
those half-seen features, -- a charm in the very
shadow that hung over their imagined beauty, --
which took me more than all the outshining
loveliness of her companions. --Moore.
(c) To make selection of; to choose; also, to turn to; to
have recourse to; as, to take the road to the right.
Saul said, Cast lots between me and Jonathan my
son. And Jonathan was taken. --1 Sam. xiv.
The violence of storming is the course which God
is forced to take for the destroying . . . of
(d) To employ; to use; to occupy; hence, to demand; to
require; as, it takes so much cloth to make a coat; it
takes five hours to get to Boston from New York by
This man always takes time . . . before he
passes his judgments. --I. Watts.
(e) To form a likeness of; to copy; to delineate; to
picture; as, to take a picture of a person.
Beauty alone could beauty take so right.
(f) To draw; to deduce; to derive. [R.]
The firm belief of a future judgment is the most
forcible motive to a good life, because taken
from this consideration of the most lasting
happiness and misery. --Tillotson.
(g) To assume; to adopt; to acquire, as shape; to permit
to one's self; to indulge or engage in; to yield to;
to have or feel; to enjoy or experience, as rest,
revenge, delight, shame; to form and adopt, as a
resolution; -- used in general senses, limited by a
following complement, in many idiomatic phrases; as,
to take a resolution; I take the liberty to say.
(h) To lead; to conduct; as, to take a child to church.
(i) To carry; to convey; to deliver to another; to hand
over; as, he took the book to the bindery; he took a
dictionary with him.
He took me certain gold, I wot it well.
(k) To remove; to withdraw; to deduct; -- with from; as,
to take the breath from one; to take two from four.
2. In a somewhat passive sense, to receive; to bear; to
endure; to acknowledge; to accept. Specifically:
(a) To accept, as something offered; to receive; not to
refuse or reject; to admit.
Ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a
murderer. --Num. xxxv.
Let not a widow be taken into the number under
threescore. --1 Tim. v.
(b) To receive as something to be eaten or drunk; to
partake of; to swallow; as, to take food or wine.
(c) Not to refuse or balk at; to undertake readily; to
clear; as, to take a hedge or fence.
(d) To bear without ill humor or resentment; to submit to;
to tolerate; to endure; as, to take a joke; he will
take an affront from no man.
(e) To admit, as, something presented to the mind; not to
dispute; to allow; to accept; to receive in thought;
to entertain in opinion; to understand; to interpret;
to regard or look upon; to consider; to suppose; as,
to take a thing for granted; this I take to be man's
motive; to take men for spies.
You take me right. --Bacon.
Charity, taken in its largest extent, is nothing
else but the science love of God and our
[He] took that for virtue and affection which
was nothing but vice in a disguise. --South.
You'd doubt his sex, and take him for a girl.
(f) To accept the word or offer of; to receive and accept;
to bear; to submit to; to enter into agreement with;
-- used in general senses; as, to take a form or
I take thee at thy word. --Rowe.
Yet thy moist clay is pliant to command; . . .
Not take the mold. --Dryden.
3. To make a picture, photograph, or the like, of; as, to
take a group or a scene. [Colloq.]
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
4. To give or deliver (a blow to); to strike; hit; as, he
took me in the face; he took me a blow on the head. [Obs.
exc. Slang or Dial.]
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
To be taken aback
, To take advantage of
, To take air
etc. See under Aback
To take aim
, to direct the eye or weapon; to aim.
To take along
, to carry, lead, or convey.
To take arms
, to commence war or hostilities.
To take away
, to carry off; to remove; to cause deprivation
of; to do away with; as, a bill for taking away the votes
of bishops. “By your own law, I take your life away.”
To take breath
, to stop, as from labor, in order to breathe
or rest; to recruit or refresh one's self.
To take care
, to exercise care or vigilance; to be
solicitous. “Doth God take care for oxen?”
--1 Cor. ix.
To take care of
, to have the charge or care of; to care
for; to superintend or oversee.
To take down
(a) To reduce; to bring down, as from a high, or higher,
place; as, to take down a book; hence, to bring lower;
to depress; to abase or humble; as, to take down
pride, or the proud. “I never attempted to be
impudent yet, that I was not taken down.”
(b) To swallow; as, to take down a potion.
(c) To pull down; to pull to pieces; as, to take down a
house or a scaffold.
(d) To record; to write down; as, to take down a man's
words at the time he utters them.
To take effect
, To take fire
. See under Effect
To take ground to the right
or To take ground to the left
(Mil.), to extend the line to the right or left; to move,
as troops, to the right or left.
To take heart
, to gain confidence or courage; to be
To take heed
, to be careful or cautious. “Take heed what
doom against yourself you give.”
To take heed to
, to attend with care, as, take heed to thy
To take hold of
, to seize; to fix on.
To take horse
, to mount and ride a horse.
To take in
(a) To inclose; to fence.
(b) To encompass or embrace; to comprise; to comprehend.
(c) To draw into a smaller compass; to contract; to brail
or furl; as, to take in sail.
(d) To cheat; to circumvent; to gull; to deceive.
(e) To admit; to receive; as, a leaky vessel will take in
(f) To win by conquest. [Obs.]
For now Troy's broad-wayed town
He shall take in. --Chapman.
(g) To receive into the mind or understanding. “Some
bright genius can take in a long train of
(h) To receive regularly, as a periodical work or
newspaper; to take. [Eng.]
To take in hand
. See under Hand
To take in vain
, to employ or utter as in an oath. “Thou
shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.”
--Ex. xx. 7.
To take issue
. See under Issue
To take leave
. See Leave
, n., 2.
To take a newspaper
, or the like, to receive it
regularly, as on paying the price of subscription.
To take notice
, to observe, or to observe with particular
To take notice of
. See under Notice
To take oath
, to swear with solemnity, or in a judicial
To take on
, to assume; to take upon one's self; as, to take
on a character or responsibility.
To take one's own course
, to act one's pleasure; to pursue
the measures of one's own choice.
To take order for
. See under Order
To take order with
, to check; to hinder; to repress. [Obs.]
To take orders
(a) To receive directions or commands.
(b) (Eccl.) To enter some grade of the ministry. See
, n., 10.
To take out
(a) To remove from within a place; to separate; to deduct.
(b) To draw out; to remove; to clear or cleanse from; as,
to take out a stain or spot from cloth.
(c) To produce for one's self; as, to take out a patent.
To take up
(a) To lift; to raise. --Hood.
(b) To buy or borrow; as, to take up goods to a large
amount; to take up money at the bank.
(c) To begin; as, to take up a lamentation. --Ezek. xix.
(d) To gather together; to bind up; to fasten or to
replace; as, to take up raveled stitches; specifically
(Surg.), to fasten with a ligature.
(e) To engross; to employ; to occupy or fill; as, to take
up the time; to take up a great deal of room.
(f) To take permanently. “Arnobius asserts that men of
the finest parts . . . took up their rest in the
(g) To seize; to catch; to arrest; as, to take up a thief;
to take up vagabonds.
(h) To admit; to believe; to receive. [Obs.]
The ancients took up experiments upon credit.
(i) To answer by reproof; to reprimand; to berate.
One of his relations took him up roundly.
(k) To begin where another left off; to keep up in
Soon as the evening shades prevail,
The moon takes up the wondrous tale. --Addison.
(l) To assume; to adopt as one's own; to carry on or
manage; as, to take up the quarrels of our neighbors;
to take up current opinions. “They take up our old
trade of conquering.”
(m) To comprise; to include. “The noble poem of Palemon
and Arcite . . . takes up seven years.”
(n) To receive, accept, or adopt for the purpose of
assisting; to espouse the cause of; to favor. --Ps.
(o) To collect; to exact, as a tax; to levy; as, to take
up a contribution. “Take up commodities upon our
(p) To pay and receive; as, to take up a note at the bank.
(q) (Mach.) To remove, as by an adjustment of parts; as,
to take up lost motion, as in a bearing; also, to make
tight, as by winding, or drawing; as, to take up slack
thread in sewing.
(r) To make up; to compose; to settle; as, to take up a
quarrel. [Obs.] --Shak.
To take up arms
. Same as To take arms
To take upon one's self
(a) To assume; to undertake; as, he takes upon himself to
assert that the fact is capable of proof.
(b) To appropriate to one's self; to allow to be imputed
to, or inflicted upon, one's self; as, to take upon
one's self a punishment.
To take up the gauntlet
. See under Gauntlet