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Noun, Verb (transitive)


Noun Palm has 4 senses

Verb Palm has 1 sense


Palmn. [OE. paume, F. paume, L. palma, Gr. pala`mh, akin to Skr. hand, and E. fumble. See Fumble, Feel, and cf. 2d Palm.].
  •  The inner and somewhat concave part of the hand between the bases of the fingers and the wrist.  [1913 Webster]
    "Clench'd her fingers till they bit the palm."  [1913 Webster]
  •  A lineal measure equal either to the breadth of the hand or to its length from the wrist to the ends of the fingers; a hand; -- used in measuring a horse's height.  [1913 Webster]
    " In Greece, the palm was reckoned at three inches. The Romans adopted two measures of this name, the lesser palm of 2.91 inches, and the greater palm of 8.73 inches. At the present day, this measure varies in the most arbitrary manner, being different in each country, and occasionally varying in the same."  Internat. Cyc.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A metallic disk, attached to a strap, and worn on the palm of the hand, -- used to push the needle through the canvas, in sewing sails, etc.  [1913 Webster]
  •  The broad flattened part of an antler, as of a full-grown fallow deer; -- so called as resembling the palm of the hand with its protruding fingers.  [1913 Webster]
  •  The flat inner face of an anchor fluke.  [1913 Webster]
to grease the palm of, v. t. To bribe or tip. [Slang]
Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Palmn. [AS. palm, L. palma; -- so named fr. the leaf resembling a hand. See 1st Palm, and cf. Pam.].
  •  Any endogenous tree of the order Palmæ or Palmaceæ; a palm tree.  [1913 Webster]
    " Palms are perennial woody plants, often of majestic size. The trunk is usually erect and rarely branched, and has a roughened exterior composed of the persistent bases of the leaf stalks. The leaves are borne in a terminal crown, and are supported on stout, sheathing, often prickly, petioles. They are usually of great size, and are either pinnately or palmately many-cleft. There are about one thousand species known, nearly all of them growing in tropical or semitropical regions. The wood, petioles, leaves, sap, and fruit of many species are invaluable in the arts and in domestic economy. Among the best known are the date palm, the cocoa palm, the fan palm, the oil palm, the wax palm, the palmyra, and the various kinds called cabbage palm and palmetto."  [1913 Webster]
  •  A branch or leaf of the palm, anciently borne or worn as a symbol of victory or rejoicing.  [1913 Webster]
    "A great multitude . . . stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palme in their hands."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Any symbol or token of superiority, success, or triumph; also, victory; triumph; supremacy.  Chaucer.  [1913 Webster]
    "So get the start of the majestic world
    And bear the palm alone.
    "  [1913 Webster]
Molucca palm (Bot.), a labiate herb from Asia (Molucella lævis), having a curious cup-shaped calyx. -- Palm cabbage, the terminal bud of a cabbage palm, used as food. -- Palm cat (Zoöl.), the common paradoxure. -- Palm crab (Zoöl.), the purse crab. -- Palm oil, a vegetable oil, obtained from the fruit of several species of palms, as the African oil palm (Elæis Guineensis), and used in the manufacture of soap and candles. See Elæis. -- Palm swift (Zoöl.), a small swift (Cypselus Batassiensis) which frequents the palmyra and cocoanut palms in India. Its peculiar nest is attached to the leaf of the palmyra palm. -- Palm toddy. Same as Palm wine. -- Palm weevil (Zoöl.), any one of mumerous species of very large weevils of the genus Rhynchophorus. The larvæ bore into palm trees, and are called palm borers, and grugru worms. They are considered excellent food. -- Palm wine, the sap of several species of palms, especially, in India, of the wild date palm (Phœnix sylvestrix), the palmyra, and the Caryota urens. When fermented it yields by distillation arrack, and by evaporation jaggery. Called also palm toddy. -- Palm worm, or Palmworm. (Zoöl.) (a) The larva of a palm weevil. (b) A centipede.
Palmv. t. 
  •  To handle.  Prior.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To manipulate with, or conceal in, the palm of the hand; to juggle.  [1913 Webster]
    "They palmed the trick that lost the game."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To take (something small) stealthily, especially by concealing it in the palm of the hand; as, he palmed one of the coins and walked out with it.  [PJC]
  •  To impose by fraud, as by sleight of hand; to put by unfair means; -- usually with on or upon; as, to palm a stolen coin on an unsuspecting dealer. See also palm off.  [1913 Webster]
    "For you may palm upon us new for old."  [1913 Webster]


Palm, n.
1 any usu. tropical tree of the family Palmae, with no branches and a mass of large pinnate or fan-shaped leaves at the top.
2 the leaf of this tree as a symbol of victory.
3 a supreme excellence. b a prize for this.
4 a branch of various trees used instead of a palm in non-tropical countries, esp. in celebrating Palm Sunday.

palm oil oil from the fruit of any of various palms. Palm Sunday the Sunday before Easter, celebrating Christ's entry into Jerusalem. palm wine an alcoholic drink made from fermented palm sap.
palmaceous adj.
Palm, n. & v.
1 the inner surface of the hand between the wrist and fingers.
2 the part of a glove that covers this.
3 the palmate part of an antler.
--v.tr. conceal in the hand.

in the palm of one's hand under one's control or influence. palm off
1 (often foll. by on) a impose or thrust fraudulently (on a person). b cause a person to accept unwillingly or unknowingly (palmed my old typewriter off on him).
2 (often foll. by with) cause (a person) to accept unwillingly or unknowingly (palmed him off with my old typewriter).
palmar adj. palmed adj. palmful n. (pl. -fuls).
ME paume f. OF paume f. L palma: later assim. to L



n. A species of tree having several varieties, of which the familiar "itching palm" (_Palma hominis_) is most widely distributed and sedulously cultivated. This noble vegetable exudes a kind of invisible gum, which may be detected by applying to the bark a piece of gold or silver. The metal will adhere with remarkable tenacity. The fruit of the itching palm is so bitter and unsatisfying that a considerable percentage of it is sometimes given away in what are known as "benefactions."



Old Mug, abstract, acme, acquire, and, annex, appropriate, authority, authorization, bag, bays, be-all and end-all, blue ribbon, boost, borrow, catch up, championship, chaplet, civic crown, claim, clap hands on, clasp, claw, claws, clench, clinch, clutch, clutches, come in contact, command, control, cop, crib, crown, cup, defraud, digits, directorship, dominion, drain off, draw off, effectiveness, embezzle, embrace, extort, fangs, feel, feel of, filch, finger, fingernails, fingers, first place, first prize, flick, garland, get, get hold of, glom on to, grab, grab hold of, grapple, grasp, grip, gripe, handle, hands, headship, hegemony, height, highest, hook, hooks, hug, imperium, influence, jaws, jurisdiction, kingship, laurel, laurels, lay hands on, lay hold of, leadership, lift, loot, lordship, loving cup, make off with, management, mandibles, manipulate, mastership, mastery, maxillae, maximum, meathooks, mitts, most, nail, nails, ne plus ultra, new high, nip, nip up, nippers, palms, palpate, paramountcy, partake, pass off, paw, pilfer, pillage, pincers, pinch, ply, poach, pocket, poke at, possess, pot, pounces, power, presidency, primacy, prod, purloin, receive, record, rule, run away with, rustle, say, scrounge, seize, shoplift, snap up, snare, snatch, snitch, sovereignty, steal, supremacy, sway, swindle, swipe, take, take by assault, take by storm, take hold of, take possession, talons, tap, teeth, thieve, thumb, top spot, touch, trophy, twiddle, unguals, ungulae, walk off with, whip up, wield, wreath, zenith




N trophy, medal, prize, palm, award, laurel, laurels, bays, crown, chaplet, wreath, civic crown, insignia, feather in one's cap, decoration, garland, triumphal arch, Victoria Cross, Iron Cross, triumph, flying colors, monumentum aere perennius, for valor.


VB steal, thieve, rob, mug, purloin, pilfer, filch, prig, bag, nim, crib, cabbage, palm, abstract, appropriate, plagiarize, convey away, carry off, abduct, kidnap, crimp, make off with, walk off with, run off with, run away with, spirit away, seize, plunder, pillage, rifle, sack, loot, ransack, spoil, spoliate, despoil, strip, sweep, gut, forage, levy blackmail, pirate, pickeer, maraud, lift cattle, poach, smuggle, run, badger, bail up, hold up, stick up, bunco, bunko, filibuster, swindle, peculate, embezzle, sponge, mulct, rook, bilk, pluck, pigeon, fleece, defraud, obtain under false pretenses, live by one's wits, rob Peter to pay Paul, borrow of Peter to pay Paul, set a thief to catch a thief, disregard the distinction between meum and tuum, fence, launder, launder money.


N length, longitude, span, mileage, distance, line, bar, rule, stripe, streak, spoke, radius, lengthening, prolongation, production, protraction, tension, tensure, extension, line, nail, inch, hand, palm, foot, cubit, yard, ell, fathom, rood, pole, furlong, mile, league, chain, link, arpent, handbreadth, jornada, kos, vara, astronomical unit, AU, light- year, parsec, nanometer, nm, micron, micrometer, millimicron, millimeter, mm, centimeter, cm, meter, kilometer, km, pedometer, perambulator, scale, long, longsome, lengthy, wiredrawn, outstretched, lengthened, sesquipedalian, interminable, no end of, macrocolous, linear, lineal, longitudinal, oblong, as long as my arm, as long as today and tomorrow, unshortened &c (shorten), lengthwise, at length, longitudinally, endlong, along, tandem, in a line, in perspective, from end to end, from stem to stern, from head to foot, from the crown of the head to the sole of the foot, from top to toe, fore and aft.


N title, honor, knighthood, highness, excellency, grace, lordship, worship, reverence, reverend, esquire, sir, master, Mr, signor, senor, Mein Herr, mynheer, your honor, his honor, serene highness, handle to one's name, decoration, laurel, palm, wreath, garland, bays, medal, ribbon, riband, blue ribbon, cordon, cross, crown, coronet, star, garter, feather, feather in one's cap, epaulet, epaulette, colors, cockade, livery, order, arms, shield, scutcheon, reward.

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