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From Middle English henden, from Old English *hendan, ġehendan (take hold of), from Proto-Germanic *handijaną (to grasp; grab by hand). Cognate with Old Frisian henda (to take hold of; seize), Icelandic henda (to take hold of by hand; seize; fling).



hend (third-person singular simple present hends, present participle hending, simple past and past participle hended)

  1. (obsolete) To take hold of; to grasp, hold.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Edmund Spenser to this entry?)
    • 1885, Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, vol. 1
      Presently the cloud opened and behold, within it was that Jinni hending in hand a drawn sword, while his eyes were shooting fire sparks of rage.