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Using the hands; manually. (As opposed to using a machine.) Back in my day, we had to write out all of our essays by hand! This kind of intricate stitching can only be done by hand.
made by human hands and handheld tools as opposed to a machine. This fine wooden cabinet was made by hand. I carved this figurine by hand.
With a hand or hands, manually (as opposed to a machine or some other means). For example, This letter was delivered by hand, or You can make these drawings by hand, but computer graphics are more efficient. [Mid-1500s]
1 (of a letter, etc.) if a letter is delivered by hand, it is delivered by the person who wrote it, or by messenger rather than by post: There’s a postal strike on at the moment, so we’ll have to deliver these invitations by hand.
2 made/done without using machinery: Several local farmers still milk their cows by hand. ♢ These wine glasses were made by hand.
By using the hands; manually.