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handset

[n. hand-set; v., adj. hand-set, -set] /n. ˈhændˌsɛt; v., adj. ˈhændˈsɛt, -ˌsɛt/
noun
1.
Also called French telephone. a telephone having a mouthpiece and earpiece mounted at opposite ends of a handle.
verb (used with object), handset, handsetting.
2.
to set (type) by hand.
adjective
3.
(of type) set by hand.
4.
(of a publication) printed directly from type set by hand.
Origin of handset
1915-1920
1915-20; hand + set
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  • He lifted the handset from its cradle and dialed the operator.

    The Lani People J. F. Bone
  • Another man quickly picked up a handset and spoke briefly into it.

    The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
British Dictionary definitions for handset

handset

/ˈhændˌsɛt/
noun
1.
a telephone mouthpiece and earpiece mounted so that they can be held simultaneously to mouth and ear
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