something that is necessarily subservient or subordinate to another:
Ceremony is but the handmaid of worship.
a female servant or attendant.
a person or thing that serves a useful but subordinate purpose: logic is the handmaid of philosophy
(archaic) a female servant or attendant
late 14c., from hand (n.) in the sense in close at hand + maid. Cf. Old English handþegn “personal attendant.”
servant (Gen. 16:1; Ruth 3:9; Luke 1:48). It is probable that Hagar was Sarah’s personal attendant while she was in the house of Pharaoh, and was among those maid-servants whom Abram had brought from Egypt.
[hand-mee-doun, han-] /ˈhænd miˌdaʊn, ˈhæn-/ noun 1. an article of clothing passed on to another person after being used, outgrown, etc.: The younger children wore the hand-me-downs of the older ones. 2. any item not new that is or can be used again: Our office furniture was a collection of hand-me-downs. adjective 3. passed along […]
noun (informal) 1.
noun 1. a lawn mower that is pushed by hand (distinguished from ). noun See push mower
[hand-awf, -of] /ˈhændˌɔf, -ˌɒf/ noun 1. Football. 2. Aviation. the condition or period in which control or surveillance of an aircraft is transferred from one control center to another. noun 1. the act of warding off an opposing player with the open hand verb 2. (transitive, adverb) to ward off (an opponent) using a hand-off