(päm) KEY NOUN:
TRANSITIVE VERB: palmed
- The inner surface of the hand that extends from the wrist to the base of the fingers.
- The similar part of the forefoot of a quadruped.
- A unit of length equal to either the width or the length of the hand.
- The part of a glove or mitten that covers the palm of the hand.
- Nautical A metal shield worn by sailmakers over the palm of the hand and used to force a needle through heavy canvas.
- Nautical The blade of an oar or paddle.
- The flattened part of the antlers of certain animals, such as the moose.
PHRASAL VERB: palm off
- To hold in the palm of the hand.
- To touch or stroke with the palm of the hand.
- To conceal in the palm of the hand, as in cheating at dice or cards or in a sleight-of-hand trick.
- To pick up furtively.
- Basketball To commit a violation by letting (the ball) rest momentarily in the palm of the hand while dribbling.
IDIOM: an itchy palm
- To dispose of or pass off by deception.
- A strong desire for money, especially bribes.
Middle English paume
, from Old French, from Latin palma
, palm tree, palm of the hand
; see pel-2
in Indo-European rootsOTHER FORMS:palmful(Noun)