(with `in') guardianship over; in divorce cases it is the right to house and care for and discipline a child; "my fate is in your hands"; "too much power in the president's hands"; "your guests are now in my custody"; "the mother was awarded custody of the children"
One of two sides of an issue; "on the one hand..., but on the other hand..."
The force of workers available
Something written by hand; "she recognized his handwriting"; "his hand was illegible"
A round of applause to signify approval; "give the little lady a great big hand"
The cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time; "I didn't hold a good hand all evening"; "he kept trying to see my hand"
A position given by its location to the side of an object; "objections were voiced on every hand"
Guide or conduct or usher somewhere; "hand the elderly lady into the taxi"
To close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement; "This holds the local until the express passengers change trains"; "About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade"; "The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center"; "The terrorists held the journalists for ransom"
Keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"; "hold in place"; "She always held herself as a lady"; "The students keep me on my toes"
Cover as for protection against noise or smell; "She held her ears when the jackhammer started to operate"; "hold one's nose"
The act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"
Remain in a certain state, position, or condition; "The weather held"; "They held on the road and kept marching"
Support or hold in a certain manner; "She holds her head high"; "He carried himself upright"
(zoology) an expandable part or marking that resembles a hood on the head or neck of an animal
Protective covering consisting of a metal part that covers the engine; "there are powerful engines under the hoods of new cars"; "the mechanic removed the cowling in order to repair the plane's engine"
A headdress that protects the head and face
The folding roof of a carriage
Metal covering leading to a vent that exhausts smoke or fumes
(falconry) a leather covering for a hawk's head
A tubular attachment used to keep stray light out of the lens of a camera