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  • v. Present participle of handshake.
  • n. A greeting by clasping hands.
  • n. A step in a protocol in which information is exchanged between computing processor devices; often as part of the initiation process for communications.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. grasping and shaking a person's hand (as to acknowledge an introduction or to agree on a contract)


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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  • The infantrymen wanted action and firefights, he testified, but instead they found themselves carrying out a more humanitarian counter-insurgency strategy that involved meetings and handshaking.

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  • Actually, if the word is as harmless as he claims, there is no reason why we should not hear the duchess remarking, after an arduous handshaking session: "I feel totally monged out", where mong means, according to Gervais, wearing the mantle of Samuel Johnson, "dopey" or "ignorant".

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