Show of hands

Show of hands
Show Show, n. [Formerly written also shew.] 1. The act of showing, or bringing to view; exposure to sight; exhibition. [1913 Webster]

2. That which os shown, or brought to view; that which is arranged to be seen; a spectacle; an exhibition; as, a traveling show; a cattle show. [1913 Webster]

As for triumphs, masks, feasts, and such shows. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

3. Proud or ostentatious display; parade; pomp. [1913 Webster]

I envy none their pageantry and show. --Young. [1913 Webster]

4. Semblance; likeness; appearance. [1913 Webster]

He through the midst unmarked, In show plebeian angel militant Of lowest order, passed. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. False semblance; deceitful appearance; pretense. [1913 Webster]

Beware of the scribes, . . . which devour widows' houses, and for a shew make long prayers. --Luke xx. 46. 47. [1913 Webster]

6. (Med.) A discharge, from the vagina, of mucus streaked with blood, occuring a short time before labor. [1913 Webster]

7. (Mining) A pale blue flame, at the top of a candle flame, indicating the presence of fire damp. --Raymond. [1913 Webster]

{Show bill}, a broad sheet containing an advertisement in large letters.

{Show box}, a box xontaining some object of curiosity carried round as a show.

{Show card}, an advertising placard; also, a card for displaying samples.

{Show case}, a gla?ed case, box, or cabinet for displaying and protecting shopkeepers' wares, articles on exhibition in museums, etc.

{Show glass}, a glass which displays objects; a mirror.

{Show of hands}, a raising of hands to indicate judgment; as, the vote was taken by a show of hands.

{Show stone}, a piece of glass or crystal supposed to have the property of exhibiting images of persons or things not present, indicating in that way future events. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.