[n. hand-set; v., adj. hand-set, -set]
Also called French telephone. a telephone having a mouthpiece and earpiece mounted at opposite ends of a handle.
verb (used with object), handset, handsetting.
to set (type) by hand.
(of type) set by hand.
(of a publication) printed directly from type set by hand.

1915–20; hand + set

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handset (ˈhændˌsɛt)
a telephone mouthpiece and earpiece mounted so that they can be held simultaneously to mouth and ear

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Example sentences
The strength of the signals that a handset has to generate depends on how far
  away it is from such a base station.
If another signal is detected, the handset and base station retune to avoid the
  other signal, keeping the connection alive.
With cell phones, it's likely that network providers and possibly handset
  manufacturers will have support programs in place.
But to implement them, telecom companies must license expensive new spectrum
  and overhaul cell-tower and handset technology.
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