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1 the inner surface of the hand from the wrist to the base of the fingers [syn: thenar]
2 a linear unit based on the length or width of the human hand
3 any plant of the family Palmae having an unbranched trunk crowned by large pinnate or palmate leaves [syn: palm tree]
4 an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event [syn: decoration, laurel wreath, medal, medallion, ribbon] v : touch, lift, or hold with the hands; "Don't handle the merchandise" [syn: handle]

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see Palm



From palme, from palma, palm



  1. Any of various evergreen trees from the family Palmae or Arecaceae, which are mainly found in the tropics.
  2. The inner and somewhat concave part of the human hand that extends from the wrist to the bases of the fingers.
  3. The corresponding part of the forefoot of a lower mammal.
  4. A handheld computing device used to store personal data such as calendars and phone numbers.


(tropical tree)


tropical tree
inner, concave part of hand
a handheld computing device used to store personal data such as calendars and phone numbers


  1. To hold or conceal something in the palm of the hand.
  2. To hold something without bending the fingers significantly.
  3. To move something laterally by static friction against the palm of the hand.

Derived terms





palm m
  1. palm (tropical tree)
  2. palm (middle part of the hand)




  1. palm; a tropical tree

Extensive Definition

Palm or Palms may refer to:

See also

palm in German: Palm
palm in Spanish: Palm
palm in French: Palm
palm in Italian: Palm
palm in Hungarian: Pálma
palm in Dutch: Palm
palm in Japanese: パーム
palm in Russian: Palm
palm in Simple English: Palm
palm in Swedish: Palm
palm in Thai: ปาล์ม (แก้ความกำกวม)
palm in Turkish: Palm (anlam ayrım)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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