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[n. hand-set; v., adj. hand-set, -set] /n. ˈhændˌsɛt; v., adj. ˈhændˈsɛt, -ˌsɛt/
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.
Origin of handset
1915-20; hand + set Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.
  • It will be open source, meaning that it is free and can be easily customised, which should appeal to handset-makers.
  • And handset-makers are always keen on any new technology that means that everyone suddenly needs a new phone.
  • handset-makers, meanwhile, are racing to develop cheap handsets for new markets in the developing world.
  • handset and base station can be used as an intercom.
  • Eco-friendly phones are all the rage among handset makers now.
  • Android's success has come from wide acceptance by handset makers glad to have it cost-free.
British Dictionary definitions for handset


a telephone mouthpiece and earpiece mounted so that they can be held simultaneously to mouth and ear
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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