Palm

Noun

  • (sailmaking) A metallic disk attached to a strap and worn in the palm of the hand; used to push the needle through the canvas, in sewing sails, etc.
  • A branch or leaf of the palm, anciently borne or worn as a symbol of victory or rejoicing.
  • A linear measure equal either to the breadth of the hand or to its length from the wrist to the ends of the fingers; a hand; used in measuring a horse's height.
  • (nautical) The flat inner face of an anchor fluke.
  • Any of various evergreen trees from the family Palmae or Arecaceae, which are mainly found in the tropics.
  • The corresponding part of the forefoot of a lower mammal.
  • The broad flattened part of an antler, as of a full-grown fallow deer; so called as resembling the palm of the hand with its protruding fingers.
  • The inner and somewhat concave part of the human hand that extends from the wrist to the bases of the fingers.

Verb

  • To hold or conceal something in the palm of the hand, e.g, for an act of sleight of hand or to steal something.
  • To move something with the palm of the hand.
  • To hold something without bending the fingers significantly.

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