Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Hand-hole (-hōl`) noun (Steam Boilers) A small hole in a boiler for the insertion of the hand in cleaning, etc.

Hand-hole plate , the cover of a hand- hole.

Hand-tight (-tīt`) adjective (Nautical) As tight as can be made by the hand. Totten.

Hand-winged (hănd"wĭngd`) adjective (Zoology) Having wings that are like hands in the structure and arrangement of their bones; -- said of bats. See Cheiroptera .

Hander (-ẽr) noun One who hands over or transmits; a conveyer in succession. Dryden.

Handfast (-fȧst`) noun
1. Hold; grasp; custody; power of confining or keeping. [ Obsolete] Shak.

2. Contract; specifically, espousal. [ Obsolete]

Handfast adjective Fast by contract; betrothed by joining hands. [ Obsolete] Bale.

Handfast transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Handfasted ; present participle & verbal noun Handfasting .] To pledge; to bind; to betroth by joining hands, in order to permit cohabitation, before the celebration of marriage. [ Obsolete]

Handfast adjective [ German handfest ; hand hand + fest strong. See Fast .] Strong; steadfast. [ R.] Carlyle.

Handfastly adverb In a handfast or publicly pledged manner. [ Obsolete] Holinshed.

Handfish (-fĭsh`) noun (Zoology) The frogfish.

Handful (-ful) noun ; plural Handfuls (-fulz). [ Anglo-Saxon handfull .]
1. As much as the hand will grasp or contain. Addison.

2. A hand's breadth; four inches. [ Obsolete]

Knap the tongs together about a handful from the bottom.

3. A small quantity or number.

This handful of men were tied to very hard duty.

To have one's handful , to have one's hands full; to have all one can do. [ Obsolete]

They had their handful to defend themselves from firing.
Sir. W. Raleigh.

Handicap (hăn"dĭ*kăp) noun [ From hand in cap ; -- perhaps in reference to an old mode of settling a bargain by taking pieces of money from a cap.]
1. An allowance of a certain amount of time or distance in starting, granted in a race to the competitor possessing inferior advantages; or an additional weight or other hindrance imposed upon the one possessing superior advantages, in order to equalize, as much as possible, the chances of success; as, the handicap was five seconds, or ten pounds, and the like.

2. A race, for horses or men, or any contest of agility, strength, or skill, in which there is an allowance of time, distance, weight, or other advantage, to equalize the chances of the competitors.

3. An old game at cards. [ Obsolete] Pepys.

Handicap transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Handicapped (-kăpt); present participle & verbal noun Handicapping .] To encumber with a handicap in any contest; hence, in general, to place at disadvantage; as, the candidate was heavily handicapped .

Handicapper (-kăp`pẽr) noun One who determines the conditions of a handicap.

Handicraft (hănd"ĭ*krȧft) noun [ For handcraft , influenced by handiwork ; Anglo-Saxon handcræft .]
1. A trade requiring skill of hand; manual occupation; handcraft. Addison.

2. A man who earns his living by handicraft; a handicraftsman. [ R.] Dryden.

Handicraftsman (-krȧfts`m a n) noun ; plural -men (- m e n). A man skilled or employed in handcraft. Bacon.

Handily (-ĭ*lȳ) adverb [ See Handy .] In a handy manner; skillfully; conveniently.

Handiness noun The quality or state of being handy.

Handiron (-ī`ŭrn) noun See Andiron . [ Obsolete]

Handiwork (-ĭ*wûrk`) noun [ Middle English handiwerc , Anglo-Saxon handgeweorc ; hand hand + geweorc work; prefix ge- + weorc . See Work .] Work done by the hands; hence, any work done personally.

The firmament showeth his handiwork .
Ps. xix. 1.

Handkercher (hăn"kẽr*chẽr) noun A handkerchief. [ Obsolete or Colloq.] Chapman (1654). Shak.

Handkerchief (hăn"kẽr*chĭf; 277) noun [ Hand + kerchief .]
1. A piece of cloth, usually square and often fine and elegant, carried for wiping the face or hands.

2. A piece of cloth shaped like a handkerchief to be worn about the neck; a neckerchief; a neckcloth.

Handle (hăn"d'l) transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Handled (-d'ld); present participle & verbal noun Handling (-dlĭng).] [ Middle English handlen , Anglo-Saxon handlian ; akin to Dutch handelen to trade, German handeln . See Hand .]
1. To touch; to feel with the hand; to use or hold with the hand.

Handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh.
Luke xxiv. 39.

About his altar, handling holy things.

2. To manage in using, as a spade or a musket; to wield; often, to manage skillfully.

That fellow handles his bow like a crowkeeper.

3. To accustom to the hand; to work upon, or take care of, with the hands.

The hardness of the winters forces the breeders to house and handle their colts six months every year.
Sir W. Temple.

4. To receive and transfer; to have pass through one's hands; hence, to buy and sell; as, a merchant handles a variety of goods, or a large stock.

5. To deal with; to make a business of.

They that handle the law knew me not.
Jer. ii. 8.

6. To treat; to use, well or ill.

How wert thou handled being prisoner?

7. To manage; to control; to practice skill upon.

You shall see how I will handle her.

8. To use or manage in writing or speaking; to treat, as a theme, an argument, or an objection.

We will handle what persons are apt to envy others.

To handle without gloves . See under Glove . [ Colloq.]

Handle (hăn"d'l) intransitive verb To use the hands.

They have hands, but they handle not.
Ps. cxv. 7.

Handle noun [ Anglo-Saxon handle . See Hand .]
1. That part of vessels, instruments, etc., which is held in the hand when used or moved, as the haft of a sword, the knob of a door, the bail of a kettle, etc.

2. That of which use is made; the instrument for effecting a purpose; a tool. South.

To give a handle , to furnish an occasion or means.

Handleable (-ȧ*b'l) adjective Capable of being handled.

Handless (hănd"lĕs) adjective Without a hand. Shak.

Handling (hăn"dlĭng) noun [ Anglo-Saxon handlung .]
1. A touching, controlling, managing, using, etc., with the hand or hands, or as with the hands. See Handle , transitive verb

The heavens and your fair handling
Have made you master of the field this day.

2. (Drawing, Painting, etc.) The mode of using the pencil or brush, etc.; style of touch. Fairholt.

Handmade (hănd"mād`) adjective Manufactured by hand; as, handmade shoes.

Handmaid (-mād`), Hand"maiden (-'n) noun A maid that waits at hand; a female servant or attendant.

Handsaw (-sa`) noun A saw used with one hand.

Handsel (hănd"sĕl) noun [ Written also hansel .] [ Middle English handsal , hansal , hansel , Anglo-Saxon handselen a giving into hands, or more probably from Icelandic handsal ; hand hand + sal sale, bargain; akin to Anglo-Saxon sellan to give, deliver. See Sell , Sale . ]
1. A sale, gift, or delivery into the hand of another; especially, a sale, gift, delivery, or using which is the first of a series, and regarded as an omen for the rest; a first installment; an earnest; as the first money received for the sale of goods in the morning, the first money taken at a shop newly opened, the first present sent to a young woman on her wedding day, etc.

Their first good handsel of breath in this world.

Our present tears here, not our present laughter,
Are but the handsels of our joys hereafter.

2. Price; payment. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Handsel Monday , the first Monday of the new year, when handsels or presents are given to servants, children, etc.

Handsel transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Handseled or Handselled (hănd"sĕld); present participle & verbal noun Handseling or Handselling .] [ Written also hansel .] [ OE handsellen , hansellen ; confer Icelandic hadsala , handselja . See Handsel , noun ]
1. To give a handsel to.

2. To use or do for the first time, esp. so as to make fortunate or unfortunate; to try experimentally.

No contrivance of our body, but some good man in Scripture hath handseled it with prayer.

Handsome (hăn"sŭm; 277) adjective [ Compar. Handsomer (- ẽr); superl. Handsomest .] [ Hand + -some . It at first meant, dexterous; confer Dutch handzaam dexterous, ready, limber, manageable, and English handy .]
1. Dexterous; skillful; handy; ready; convenient; -- applied to things as persons. [ Obsolete]

That they [ engines of war] be both easy to be carried and handsome to be moved and turned about.
Robynson (Utopia).

For a thief it is so handsome as it may seem it was first invented for him.

2. Agreeable to the eye or to correct taste; having a pleasing appearance or expression; attractive; having symmetry and dignity; comely; -- expressing more than pretty , and less than beautiful ; as, a handsome man or woman; a handsome garment, house, tree, horse.

3. Suitable or fit in action; marked with propriety and ease; graceful; becoming; appropriate; as, a handsome style, etc.

Easiness and handsome address in writing.

4. Evincing a becoming generosity or nobleness of character; liberal; generous.

Handsome is as handsome does.
Old Proverb.

5. Ample; moderately large.

He . . . accumulated a handsome sum of money.
V. Knox.

To do the handsome thing , to act liberally. [ Colloq.]

Syn. -- Handsome , Pretty . Pretty applies to things comparatively small, which please by their delicacy and grace; as, a pretty girl, a pretty flower, a pretty cottage. Handsome rises higher, and is applied to objects on a larger scale. We admire what is handsome , we are pleased with what is pretty . The word is connected with hand , and has thus acquired the idea of training, cultivation, symmetry, and proportion, which enters so largely into our conception of handsome . Thus Drayton makes mention of handsome players, meaning those who are well trained; and hence we speak of a man's having a handsome address, which is the result of culture; of a handsome horse or dog, which implies well proportioned limbs; of a handsome face, to which, among other qualities, the idea of proportion and a graceful contour are essential; of a handsome tree, and a handsome house or villa. So, from this idea of proportion or suitableness, we have, with a different application, the expressions, a handsome fortune, a handsome offer.

Handsome transitive verb To render handsome. [ Obsolete] Donne

Handsomely adverb
1. In a handsome manner.

2. (Nautical) Carefully; in shipshape style.

Handsomeness noun The quality of being handsome.

Handsomeness is the mere animal excellence, beauty the mere imaginative.

Handspike (hănd"spīk`) noun A bar or lever, generally of wood, used in a windlass or capstan, for heaving anchor, and, in modified forms, for various purposes.

Handspring (-sprĭng) noun A somersault made with the assistance of the hands placed upon the ground.

Handwheel (-hwēl) noun (Machinery) Any wheel worked by hand; esp., one the rim of which serves as the handle by which a valve, car brake, or other part is adjusted.

Handwriting (-rīt"ĭng) noun
1. The cast or form of writing peculiar to each hand or person; chirography.

2. That which is written by hand; manuscript.

The handwriting on the wall , a doom pronounced; an omen of disaster. Dan. v. 5.

Handy (hănd"ȳ) adjective [ Compar. Handier (-ĭ*ẽr); superl. Handiest .] [ Middle English hendi , Anglo-Saxon hendig (in comp.), from hand hand; akin to Dutch handig , Goth. handugs clever, wise.]
1. Performed by the hand. [ Obsolete]

To draw up and come to handy strokes.

2. Skillful in using the hand; dexterous; ready; adroit. "Each is handy in his way." Dryden.

3. Ready to the hand; near; also, suited to the use of the hand; convenient; valuable for reference or use; as, my tools are handy ; a handy volume.

4. (Nautical) Easily managed; obedient to the helm; -- said of a vessel.

Handy-dandy (-dăn`dȳ) noun 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.

Handyfight (-fīt) noun A fight with the hands; boxing. "Pollux loves handyfights ." B. Jonson.

Handygripe (-grīp`) noun Seizure by, or grasp of, the hand; also, close quarters in fighting. Hudibras.

Handystroke (-strōk`) noun A blow with the hand.

Handywork (-wûrk`) noun See Handiwork .