[ hand-sheyk ]
/ ˈhændˌʃeɪk /


a gripping and shaking of right hands by two individuals, as to symbolize greeting, congratulation, agreement, or farewell.
Also hand·shak·ing. 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.

Nearby words

  1. handsel,
  2. handset,
  3. handsew,
  4. handsewn,
  5. handsfree,
  6. handshaker,
  7. handshaking,
  8. handshape,
  9. handsome,
  10. handsome is as handsome does

Origin of handshake

First recorded in 1870–75; hand + shake

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British Dictionary definitions for handshaking


/ (ˈhændˌʃeɪkɪŋ) /


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


/ (ˈhændˌʃeɪk) /


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.

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Idioms and Phrases with handshaking


see golden handshake.

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