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handset

[ noun hand-set; verb, adjective hand-set, -set ]
/ noun ˈhændˌsɛt; verb, adjective ˈhændˈsɛt, -ˌsɛt /
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noun

Also called French telephone. a telephone having a mouthpiece and earpiece mounted at opposite ends of a handle.

verb (used with object), hand·set, hand·set·ting.

to set (type) by hand.

adjective

(of type) set by hand.
(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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British Dictionary definitions for handset

handset
/ (ˈhændˌsɛt) /

noun

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