Definition of palm

Pronunciation: päm
n.1.(Anat.) The inner and somewhat concave part of the hand between the bases of the fingers and the wrist.
Clench'd her fingers till they bit the palm.
- Tennyson.
2.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.
3.(Sailmaking) 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.
4.(Zool.) 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.
5.(Naut.) The flat inner face of an anchor fluke.
to grease the palm of
To bribe or tip.
1.(Bot.) Any endogenous tree of the order Palmæ or Palmaceæ; a palm tree.
2.A branch or leaf of the palm, anciently borne or worn as a symbol of victory or rejoicing.
A great multitude . . . stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palme in their hands.
- Rev. vii. 9.
3.Any symbol or token of superiority, success, or triumph; also, victory; triumph; supremacy.
So get the start of the majestic world
And bear the palm alone.
- Shak.
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
(Zool.) the common paradoxure.
Palm crab
(Zool.) 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
(Zool.) 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
(Zool.) 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
a - (Zool.) The larva of a palm weevil
b - A centipede.
v. t.1.To handle.
[imp. & p. p. Palmed (pämd); p. pr. & vb. n. Palming.]
2.To manipulate with, or conceal in, the palm of the hand; to juggle.
They palmed the trick that lost the game.
- Prior.
3.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.
4.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.
For you may palm upon us new for old.
- Dryden.

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