- 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
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Examples from the Web for handshaking
We shared a silent moment and then a couple of folks snapped official pictures, and the handshaking started all over again.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
And the other part is a different level, which is just the amount of handshaking and appearances, the small talk, and… no.Scandal’s Lisa Kudrow on Sexism in Politics (and That Epic Rant)
November 14, 2013
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.
After the handshaking and congratulating were over, the crowd dispersed.
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
- 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
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Idioms and Phrases with handshaking
see golden handshake.
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