Definition of handshake in English:

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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.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

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Syllabification: hand·shake

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