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by hand


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by hand
     1. prep. Manually; without the use of automation or machines.
           The computers went down and they had to do all the bookkeeping by hand that day.
     2. prep. (of raising a child) Without suckling it.
           to bring up an infant by hand
     1. prep. Near or next to.
           The mailbox is by the bus stop.
     2. prep. At some time before (the given time), or before the end of a given time interval.
           Be back by ten o'clock!  We will send it by the first week of July.
     3. prep. Indicates the actor in a clause with its verb in the passive voice: Through the action or presence of.
     1. n. The part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in a human, and the corresponding part in many other animals.
           Her hands are really strong.
     2. n. That which resembles, or to some extent performs the office of, a human hand.:
     3. n.          A limb of certain animals, such as the foot of a hawk, or any one of the four extremities of a monkey.
     4. n.          An index or pointer on a dial; such as the hour and minute hands on the face of an analog clock, which are used to indicate the time of day.

Example Sentences

People don't write much by hand anymore. 

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