Definition of by hand in English:

by hand

1By a person and not a machine: the crop has to be harvested by hand
More example sentences
  • Incisions made by hand or machine have carved out this unique landscape for centuries.
  • Otherwise it will be cast aside to be sorted by hand, as the machine operates on county names.
  • Use strips of ribbon or braid to make a family monogram, or embroider it by hand or machine.
Synonyms
manually, with one's hands, using one's hands, not by machine, not mechanically, freehand
1.1(Of mail) delivered in person rather than posted: he drafted a statement and sent it by hand
More example sentences
  • It is not specifically stated that it must be in writing, but this is implied by the fact that it is to be given either by post or delivery by hand.
  • If you cannot find a post box you can deliver your entry by hand to the Weekender at Bridge Street, Sligo.
  • Election chiefs in Oldham and Tameside organised teams of volunteer council workers to deliver the papers by hand.
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