Share this entry

Share this page

right-handed

Line breaks: right-handed

Definition of right-handed in English:

adjective

1(Of a person) using the right hand more naturally than the left: a right-handed golfer
More example sentences
  • ‘I do everything opposite from what the defender, after facing so many right-handed players, naturally expects,’ he smiles.
  • For the first month I could do nothing, and for a right-handed person life became very difficult.
  • Common everyday objects are designed for right-handed people.
1.1(Of a tool or item of equipment) made to be used with the right hand: a right-handed guitar
More example sentences
  • We have to adapt to their right-handed implements and look silly trying to use them.
  • Weir never looked back and used his unique ability to his advantage by examining right-handed equipment and player's techniques.
  • This particular model has a useful feature in that, since the weights are internal and are able to shift (by simply tipping the thing up) it can be used as either a left-handed or a right-handed planer.
1.2Made or done with the right hand: right-handed batting
More example sentences
  • Island Sand was positioned to the outside of Two Trail Sioux in the stretch, where both Bailey and Day encouraged their mounts with right-handed whip action.
  • Peter says his right-handed writing is purely for on-paper work.
  • There is no doubt that such children suffered greatly from being forced against their will to change from left-handed to right-handed writing.
2(Of a screw) advanced by turning clockwise.
Example sentences
  • It can be inferred that, by 1700, Moxon treated the right-handed screw as an established norm.
  • Even though I am a lefty and do not buy right-handed bolts, there was always hope the manufacturer would make a special run (hope springs eternal).
  • The screw arm has right-handed threads on one side of the brass wheel and left-handed threads on the other.
2.1 Biology (Of a spiral shell or helix) dextral: normally the shell and body are coiled in a right-handed spiral
More example sentences
  • In a right-handed shell, the aperture appears on the observer's right when the shell is held with the apex up and the aperture facing the observer.
  • Subsequent nuclear magnetic resonance studies established that the helices are right-handed.
  • The atoms of natural sugars are all laid out in an asymmetrical manner, having a right-handed spiral twist.
2.2(Of a racecourse) turning clockwise: right-handed tracks like Longchamp
More example sentences
  • Ascot is a right-handed, wide track, 1miles 6furlongs round, with sweeping bends and a short home straight (less than three furlongs).
  • The track is a right-handed 1m3f circuit with an uphill run-in.
  • A second, two thirds and a fourth from four Festival visits - not bad for a horse who supposedly prefers right-handed tracks.

adverb

Back to top  
With the right hand: Jackson bats right-handed
More example sentences
  • As these bows more closely resemble a longbow, they can be shot either right-handed or left-handed, due to the ‘wrap-around’ type grip.
  • He also would bowl the first ball right-handed and challenge himself to pick up the spare left-handed, then starting lefty and finishing righty.
  • The son of a Sydney grocer, Rosewall was a natural left-hander but was taught to play right-handed by his father and developed a peerless backhand.

Derivatives

right-handedly

1
adverb

right-handedness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • No-one understands the preponderance of, or reason for, human right-handedness, and it has not been found to be related to any motor or cognitive behaviour, other than measures of fine-finger dexterity.
  • This NY Times article describes Dr. Amar J. S. Klar's hypothesis that there is a specific dominant gene that causes right-handedness.
  • Living in his mirror image world would be a real pain - after a lifetime of right-handedness, I don't think I could get used to being a southpaw.

Definition of right-handed in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day verbose
Pronunciation: vəːˈbəʊs
adjective
using more words than are needed…