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handshake

[hand-sheyk] /ˈhændˌʃeɪk/
noun
1.
a gripping and shaking of right hands by two individuals, as to symbolize greeting, congratulation, agreement, or farewell.
2.
Also, handshaking. Computers. an exchange of predetermined signals between a computer and a peripheral device or another computer, made when a connection is initially established or at intervals during data transmission, in order to assure proper synchronization.
Origin of handshake
1870-1875
1870-75; hand + shake
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  • She greeted me most cordially with a handshake and a "good day to a good winner."

    At Start and Finish William Lindsey
  • Adams gratefully protracted the handshake that accompanied these inquiries.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • He passed from one to the other and his handshake was only the elusive passage of his fingers through their palms.

    The Seventh Man Max Brand
  • Moore seemed enraptured at the handshake and breathless over the occasion.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • How could he ratify an adieu with a handshake, on the top of a question that called for an answer?

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for handshake

handshake

/ˈhændˌʃeɪk/
noun
1.
the act of grasping and shaking a person's hand, as when being introduced or agreeing on a deal
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Word Origin and History for handshake
n.

1801, from hand (n.) + shake (n.). Hand-shaking is attested from 1805.

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handshake in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Idioms and Phrases with handshake

handshake

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