on or to the left: a left-hand turn at the intersection.
of, for, or with the left hand.
Building Trades.
(of a door) having the hinges on the left when seen from the exterior of the building, room, closet, etc., to which the doorway leads.
(of a casement sash) having the hinges on the left when seen from inside the window.

1150–1200; Middle English

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1.  of, relating to, located on, or moving towards the left: this car is left-hand drive; a left-hand bend
2.  for use by the left hand; left-handed

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Example sentences
When you turn this feature on, you will get a small bubble in the lower,
  left-hand corner of the screen.
It's always on the left-hand column, and it does exactly what the name suggests.
My own prime location is at the left-hand end of a row or table.
Whatever is at the left-hand margin will get high visual attention.
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