Hand v. t. [imp. & p. p. Handed; p. pr. & vb. n. Handing.]
1. To give, pass, or transmit with the hand; as, he handed them the letter.
2. To lead, guide, or assist with the hand; to conduct; as, to hand a lady into a carriage.
3. To manage; as, I hand my oar. [Obs.]
4. To seize; to lay hands on. [Obs.]
5. To pledge by the hand; to handfast. [R.]
6. Naut. To furl; -- said of a sail.
To hand down, to transmit in succession, as from father to son, or from predecessor to successor; as, fables are handed down from age to age; to forward to the proper officer (the decision of a higher court); as, the Clerk of the Court of Appeals handed down its decision.
To hand over, to yield control of; to surrender; to deliver up.