Definition of handset in English:


Syllabification: hand·set
Pronunciation: /ˈhan(d)ˌset


  • 1A cellular phone: many stolen handsets are believed to end up in Eastern Europe
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    • Get another mobile connection for home, after all, handsets come so cheap these days …
    • Manufacturers of phones should inscribe a warning on the handsets to make the users aware of hazards mobile phones can cause.
    • By the end of this year or early 2003, expect to see handsets with Java capabilities.
  • 1.1The part of a telephone that is held up to speak into and listen to.
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    • He's devised a way to hook up vintage telephone handsets to a standard cell phone.
    • It's almost as impressive as these mobile phone handsets modeled on old Bakelite telephones from the 1950s.
    • These are transmitters that use radio waves to communicate with mobile phone handsets.
  • 1.2A handheld controller for a piece of electronic equipment, such as a television or video recorder.
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    • This locking device can be released by car park porters who will be carrying two handsets called cart controllers.
    • If Microsoft controls the handset, it tightens its grip on all the other pieces.
    • In other words, the handset makers and network equipment vendors are in for years of tough negotiations.

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