From Middle English henden, from Old English *hendan, ġehendan (“take hold of”), from Proto-Germanic *handijaną (“to grasp; grab by hand”). Cognate with Old Frisian henda (“to take hold of; seize”), Icelandic henda (“to take hold of by hand; seize; fling”).
- (obsolete) To take hold of; to grasp, hold.
- 1885, Presently the cloud opened and behold, within it was that Jinni hending in hand a drawn sword, while his eyes were shooting fire sparks of rage. — Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, vol. 1