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.

Origin of handshake

First recorded in 1870–75; hand + shake
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Contemporary Examples of handshaking

Historical Examples of handshaking

  • 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.

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

Idioms and Phrases with handshaking


see golden handshake.

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