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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
First recorded in 1870-75; hand + shake Unabridged
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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


(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


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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