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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
First recorded in 1870-75; hand + shake
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  • No, no, none of your handshaking; you don't get past an old soldier in that way.

    Echoes of the War J. M. Barrie
  • Mr. Tidditt rushed away to begin the handshaking all over again.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • After the handshaking and congratulating were over, the crowd dispersed.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • While this handshaking was going on Captain Eri was embarrassed.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • These awful audiences did not always end with the handshaking.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • When the service was over, there was much gathering about the young preacher, and handshaking.

    Americans All Various
  • After a riot of handshaking and good wishes, Ira was permitted to escape with his life.

    Excuse Me! Rupert Hughes
  • A pronam in India takes the place of the Western greeting by handshaking.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
British Dictionary definitions for handshaking

handshaking

/ˈhændˌʃeɪkɪŋ/
noun
1.
(computing) communication between a computer system and an external device, by which each tells the other that data is ready to be transferred, and that the receiver is ready to accept it

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 handshaking

handshake

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with handshaking

handshake

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