Elder hand
Elder Eld"er, a. [AS. yldra, compar. of eald old. See {Old}.] 1. Older; more aged, or existing longer. [1913 Webster]

Let the elder men among us emulate their own earlier deeds. --Jowett (Thucyd. ) [1913 Webster]

2. Born before another; prior in years; senior; earlier; older; as, his elder brother died in infancy; -- opposed to {younger}, and now commonly applied to a son, daughter, child, brother, etc. [1913 Webster]

The elder shall serve the younger. --Gen. xxv. 23. [1913 Webster]

But ask of elder days, earth's vernal hour. --Keble. [1913 Webster]

{Elder hand} (Card Playing), the hand playing, or having the right to play, first. --Hoyle. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Elder hand — The term Elder hand is used in many traditional Card Games as a title for the hand of the player first in turn. Almost always the player to the left of the dealer is first, and thus, the player to the left of the dealer would be the Elder hand.… …   Wikipedia

  • elder hand. — See eldest hand. [1580 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • elder hand — noun the card player on the dealer s left • Syn: ↑eldest hand • Hypernyms: ↑card player …   Useful english dictionary

  • elder hand. — See eldest hand. [1580 90] …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Elder — Eld er, a. [AS. yldra, compar. of eald old. See {Old}.] 1. Older; more aged, or existing longer. [1913 Webster] Let the elder men among us emulate their own earlier deeds. Jowett (Thucyd. ) [1913 Webster] 2. Born before another; prior in years;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • elder — elder, eldest, older, oldest 1. Elder and eldest mean the same as older and oldest but they are much narrower in their range of use, being applicable only to people and only as nouns or attributive adjectives (before nouns). You can say his elder …   Modern English usage

  • elder — 1. adj. & n. attrib.adj. (of two indicated persons, esp. when related) senior; of a greater age (my elder brother). n. (often prec. by the) 1 the older or more senior of two indicated (esp. related) persons (which is the elder?; is my elder by… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Elder Futhark — Type alphabet Languages Proto Germanic, Proto Norse, Gothic, Alamannic Time period 2 …   Wikipedia

  • hand tool — any tool or implement designed for manual operation. * * * Introduction  any of the implements used by craftsmen in manual operations, such as chopping, chiseling, sawing, filing, or forging. Complementary tools, often needed as auxiliaries to… …   Universalium

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