Definition of handshake in English:


Syllabification: hand·shake
Pronunciation: /ˈhan(d)ˌSHāk


  • 1An act of shaking a person’s hand with one’s own, used as a greeting or to finalize an agreement.
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    • A firm handshake is the basic greeting, and people shake hands again when they part.
    • Men and women limit their greetings to a handshake; kissing in public is considered scandalous.
    • There were handshakes and greetings on every side and the lucky ones got teddy bears and red roses, to say nothing of rings and pendants.
  • 1.1A person’s particular way of doing this: her handshake was warm and firm
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    • The handshake is warm, the smile is broad, he's back among old friends - and, of course, he still manages to get the names mixed up.
    • Their warm handshake may not sound like much to you but in terms of the development of Ono as a truly international organisation I believe it was a significant moment.
    • Every introduction is greeted with a warm handshake, a smile and a seemingly genuine ‘Pleased to meet you’.
  • 1.2 Computing An exchange of standardized signals between devices in a computer network regulating the transfer of data.
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    • Storage virtualization has generally been associated with the handshake between computers and disk blocks.
    • A connection between a browser and a Web server is divided into two phases, the handshake and the data transfer.
    • It contains an unchecked buffer in the part of its code which deals with handshakes when connecting to SMTP server.



Pronunciation: /-SHākiNG/
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  • Although the handshaking is much different, at the frame level SCSI and SAS carry mostly the same information.
  • One of the biggest differences between SATA and SAS is in the handshaking between the host and drive.
  • When the handshaking was over, Ridge was whisked away without so much as a press conference or photo op beneath Tommy Trojan.

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