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Hand-winged a.

  • ’’(Zoöl.) #Having wings that are like hands in the structure and arrangement of their bones; -- said of bats. See Cheiroptera.



  1. The cast or form of writing peculiar to each hand or person; chirography.
  1. That which is written by hand; manuscript.

<cs><col>The handwriting on the wall</col>, <cd>a doom pronounced; an omen of disaster.</cd></cs> - Dan. v. 5

Handy a. [Compar. Handier ; superl. Handiest.]


Old English ‘‘hendi’‘, Anglo Saxon ‘‘hendig’‘ (in comp.), fr. ‘‘hand’‘ hand; akin to D. ‘‘handig’‘, Goth. ‘‘handugs’‘ clever, wise.]

  1. Performed by the hand. ‘‘(Obsolete):’’
  1. ’’’Quotations’’’
    • To draw up and come to ‘‘‘handy’‘‘ strokes.


  1. Skillful in using the hand; dexterous; ready; adroit. Each is handy in his way." - Dryden
  1. Ready to the hand; near; also, suited to the use of the hand; convenient; valuable for reference or use; <as>as, my tools are <ex>handy</ex>; a <ex>handy</ex> volume.</as>


  • ’’(Naut.) #Easily managed; obedient to the helm; -- said of a vessel.



  1. A child's play, one child guessing in which closed hand the other holds some small object, winning the object if right and forfeiting an equivalent if wrong; hence, forfeit. - Piers Plowman



  1. A fight with the hands; boxing. Pollux loves handyfights." - B. Jonson



  1. Seizure by, or grasp of, the hand; also, close quarters in fighting. - Hudibras



  1. A blow with the hand.


Transitive verb[edit]

[Imperfect and past participleHanged (h?ngd)Hung ();
Present participle Hanging. <usage>The use of hanged is preferable to that of hung, when reference is had to death or execution by suspension, and it is also more common</usage>.]


Old English ‘‘hangen’‘, ‘‘hangien’‘, ‘‘v. t. & i.’‘, Anglo Saxon ‘‘hangian’‘, v. i., fr. ‘‘hn’‘, v. t. (imp. ‘‘heng’‘, p. p. ‘‘hongen’‘); akin to OS. ‘‘hangn’‘, v. i. D. ‘‘hangen’‘, ‘‘v. t. & i.’‘, G. ‘‘hangen’‘, ‘‘v. i’‘, ‘‘hängen’‘, ‘‘v. t’‘, Isel ‘‘hanga’‘, v. i., Goth. ‘‘h&amacr;han’‘, v. t. (imp. ‘‘ha\'a1hah’‘), ‘‘h&amacr;han’‘, v. i. (imp. ‘‘hahaida’‘), and perhaps to L. ‘‘cunctari’‘ to delay. &root;37. ]

  1. To suspend; to fasten to some elevated point without support from below; -- often used with up or out; <as>as, to <ex>hang</ex> a coat on a hook; to <ex>hang</ex> up a sign; to <ex>hang</ex> out a banner.</as>
  1. To fasten in a manner which will allow of free motion upon the point or points of suspension; -- said of a pendulum, a swing, a door, gate, etc.
  1. To fit properly, as at a proper angle (a part of an implement that is swung in using), as a scythe to its snath, or an ax to its helve. [U. S.]
  1. To put to death by suspending by the neck; -- a form of capital punishment; <as>as, to <ex>hang</ex> a murderer</as>.
  1. To cover, decorate, or furnish by hanging pictures trophies, drapery, and the like, or by covering with paper hangings; -- said of a wall, a room, etc.
  1. ’’’Quotations’’’
    • ’‘‘Hung’‘‘ be the heavens with black.


  1. ’’’Quotations’’’
    • And ‘‘‘hung’‘‘ thy holy roofs with savage spoils.


  1. To paste, as paper hangings, on the walls of a room.
  1. To hold or bear in a suspended or inclined manner or position instead of erect; to droop; <as>as, he <ex>hung</ex> his head in shame</as>.
  1. ’’’Quotations’’’
    • Cowslips wan that ‘‘‘hang’‘‘ the pensive head.


<cs><col>To hang down</col>, <cd>to let fall below the proper position; to bend down; to decline; as, to hang down the head, or, elliptically, to hang the head.</cd> -- <col>To hang fire</col>

  • ’’(Mil.)</fld>, <cd>to be slow in communicating fire through the vent to the charge; as, the gun hangs fire; hence, to hesitate, to hold back as if in suspense.</cd></cs>

Hand , v. i.

  1. To be suspended or fastened to some elevated point without support from below; to dangle; to float; to rest; to remain; to stay.
  1. To be fastened in such a manner as to allow of free motion on the point or points of suspension.
  1. To die or be put to death by suspension from the neck. [R.] Sir Balaam hangs." - Pope
  1. To hold for support; to depend; to cling; -- usually with on or upon; <as>as, this question <ex>hangs</ex> on a single point</as>. Two infants hanging on her neck." - Peacham
  1. To be, or be like, a suspended weight.
  1. ’’’Quotations’’’
    • Life ‘‘‘hangs’‘‘ upon me, and becomes a burden.


  1. To hover; to impend; to appear threateningly; -- usually with over; <as>as, evils <ex>hang</ex> over the country</as>.
  1. To lean or incline; to incline downward.
  1. ’’’Quotations’’’
    • To decide which way ‘‘‘hung’‘‘ the victory.


  1. ’’’Quotations’’’
    • His neck obliquely o'er his shoulder ‘‘‘hung’‘‘.


  1. To slope down; <as>as, <ex>hanging</ex> grounds</as>.
  1. To be undetermined or uncertain; to be in suspense; to linger; to be delayed.
  1. ’’’Quotations’’’
    • A noble stroke he lifted high,

Which ‘‘‘hung’‘‘ not, but so swift with tempest fell On the proud crest of Satan. Milton]]

<cs><col>To hang around</col>, <cd>to loiter idly about.</cd> -- <col>To hang back</col>, <cd>to hesitate; to falter; to be reluctant. If any one among you hangs back." Jowett (Thucyd.).</cd> -- <col>To hang by the eyelids</col>. <sd>(a)</sd> <cd>To hang by a very slight hold or tenure.</cd> <sd>(b)</sd> <cd>To be in an unfinished condition; to be left incomplete.</cd> -- <col>To hang in doubt</col>, <cd>to be in suspense.</cd> -- <col>To hang on</col><cd> (with the emphasis on the preposition), to keep hold; to hold fast; to stick; to be persistent, as a disease.</cd> -- <mcol><col>To hang on the lips</col>, <col>words, etc</col></mcol>., <cd>to be charmed by eloquence.</cd> -- <mcol><col>To hang out</col>. <sd>(a)</sd> <cd>To be hung out so as to be displayed; to project.</cd> <sd>(b)</sd> <cd>To be unyielding; as, the juryman hangs out against an agreement. [Colloq.]<-- =hold out?--> (c) to lounge around a particular place; as, teenageers tend to hang out at the mall these days--> -- <col>To hang over</col>. <sd>(a)</sd> <cd>To project at the top.</cd> <sd>(b)</sd> <cd>To impend over.</cd> -- <col>To hang to</col>, <cd>to cling.</cd> -- <col>To hang together</col>. <sd>(a)</sd> <cd>To remain united; to stand by one another.</cd> We are all of a piece; we hang together." Dryden. <sd>(b)</sd> <cd>To be self-consistent; as, the story does not hang together. [Colloq.] -- <col>To hang upon</col>. <sd>(a)</sd> <cd>To regard with passionate affection.</cd> <sd>(b)</sd>

  • ’’(Mil.)</fld> <cd>To hover around; as, to hang upon the flanks of a retreating enemy.</cd></cs>



  1. The manner in which one part or thing hangs upon, or is connected with, another; <as>as, the <ex>hang</ex> of a scythe</as>.
  1. Connection; arrangement; plan; <as>as, the <ex>hang</ex> of a discourse</as>. [Colloq.]

3. A sharp or steep declivity or slope. [Colloq.] To get the hang of, to learn the method or arrangement of; hence, to become accustomed to. [Colloq.]