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[hand-sheyk] /ˈhændˌʃeɪk/
a gripping and shaking of right hands by two individuals, as to symbolize greeting, congratulation, agreement, or farewell.
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
1870-75; hand + shake Unabridged
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Examples from the web for handshake
  • Alongside it on the shaft is a carving of a handshake.
  • The disintegration of the euro isn't a handshake followed by an easy currency depreciation.
  • My lust must have been palpable because his initial handshake lingered.
  • He turned and offered me a surprisingly limp handshake.
  • It may also rely on an unspoken symbiosis between them-a covert handshake between apparent enemies.
  • And while there is no secret handshake, there is certainly a sense of community.
  • The president of the college found me and offered his handshake and warm regards.
  • Some agents rely on a handshake agreement, though more are going for contracts now.
  • These were personal handshake obligations, so he never declared bankruptcy.
  • It's on my right forearm, which means it ends up being a good conversation starter after a quick handshake.
British Dictionary definitions for handshake


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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handshake in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Idioms and Phrases with handshake


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