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handset

[noun hand-set; verb, adjective hand-set, -set]
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noun
  1. Also called French telephone. a telephone having a mouthpiece and earpiece mounted at opposite ends of a handle.
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verb (used with object), hand·set, hand·set·ting.
  1. to set (type) by hand.
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adjective
  1. (of type) set by hand.
  2. (of a publication) printed directly from type set by hand.
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Origin of handset

First recorded in 1915–20; hand + set
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  • He lifted the handset from its cradle and dialed the operator.

    The Lani People

    J. F. Bone

  • Another man quickly picked up a handset and spoke briefly into it.

    The Best Made Plans

    Everett B. Cole


British Dictionary definitions for handset

handset

noun
  1. a telephone mouthpiece and earpiece mounted so that they can be held simultaneously to mouth and ear
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