left-handedness

left-handed

[left-han-did]
adjective
1.
having the left hand more dominant or effective than the right; preferably using the left hand: a left-handed pitcher.
2.
adapted to or performed by the left hand: a left-handed tool; a left-handed tennis serve.
3.
situated on the side of the left hand.
4.
Machinery.
a.
rotating counterclockwise.
b.
noting a helical or spiral member, as a gear tooth or screw thread, that twists counterclockwise as it recedes from an observer.
5.
Building Trades. left-hand ( def 3 ).
6.
ambiguous or doubtful and often unfavorable or derogatory by implication: a left-handed compliment.
7.
clumsy or awkward.
8.
of, pertaining to, or issuing from a morganatic marriage: so called from the custom, in morganatic marriage ceremonies, of having the bridegroom give his left hand to the bride.
adverb
9.
with the left hand: He writes left-handed.
10.
toward the left hand; in a counterclockwise direction: The strands of the rope are laid left-handed.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see left1, handed

left-handedly, adverb
left-handedness, noun
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left-handed
 
adj
1.  using the left hand with greater ease than the right
2.  performed with the left hand
3.  designed or adapted for use by the left hand
4.  worn on the left hand
5.  awkward or clumsy
6.  ironically ambiguous: a left-handed compliment
7.  turning from right to left; anticlockwise
8.  law another term for morganatic
 
adv
9.  with the left hand
 
left-'handedly
 
adv
 
left-'handedness
 
n

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Medical Dictionary

left-handed adj.
Using the left hand more skillfully or easily than the right.

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Left-handed definition


(Judg. 3:15; 20:16), one unable to use the right hand skilfully, and who therefore uses the left; and also one who uses the left as well as the right, ambidexter. Such a condition of the hands is due to physical causes. This quality was common apparently in the tribe of Benjamin.

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