Definition of handshake in English:

handshake

noun

  • 1An act of shaking a person's hand with one's own, used as a greeting or to finalize an agreement.

    • ‘A firm handshake is the basic greeting, and people shake hands again when they part.’
    • ‘Extended greetings and handshakes are very important in most Namibian cultures.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We all exchanged handshakes and smiles, and immediately resumed our trek.’
    • ‘The usual greeting is a handshake, although Roma men often embrace relatives and close friends and kiss them on the cheek.’
    • ‘David Trimble memorably refused to shake Adams's hand, saying the handshake originated from two adversaries wanting to show each other they were not carrying weapons.’
    • ‘Hugs and handshakes were exchanged before Christopher and Lydia boarded the train.’
    • ‘I read recently in this newspaper that kissing has now supplanted the handshake as the greeting of choice among male friends.’
    • ‘This greeting - be it a kiss, a handshake or, in Japan, a bow - has been a part of the Mass before the Mass was even called the Mass.’
    • ‘He received a few awed stares, many cheerful greetings and a hearty handshake from the leader of the family.’
    • ‘He set down one of his items on the floor and stretched his hand for a handshake and I shook his hand as firmly as I could with my free hand.’
    • ‘Instead he put on a big grin and put his hand out toward Mitch to signal for a handshake.’
    • ‘Outside of formal introductions greetings are often vocal and are not accompanied by a handshake or kiss.’
    • ‘The social workers and the parents exchanged hellos and handshakes and then introduced Jaime.’
    • ‘Duncan and I make our way over to them, all the way doing the greetings, the handshakes with the guys and the kissy-kissy on the cheeks with the girls, that are actually a pretty nice French custom.’
    • ‘The customary greeting involves a firm handshake, direct eye contact, and perhaps a slight nod of the head but rarely embracing or kissing.’
    • ‘After an exchange of handshakes, all nine sat down to begin the meeting.’
    • ‘Men and women limit their greetings to a handshake; kissing in public is considered scandalous.’
    • ‘They greeted me with a hug and then politely exchanged handshakes with Jake.’
    • ‘A handshake is the normal greeting between men and women unless one is very familiar with the person.’
    1. 1.1Computing
      An exchange of standardized signals between devices in a computer network regulating the transfer of data.
      • ‘TCP, one of the main protocols used on the Internet, uses a three-way handshake to connect your browser to the Web site you want.’
      • ‘It contains an unchecked buffer in the part of its code which deals with handshakes when connecting to SMTP server.’
      • ‘Storage virtualization has generally been associated with the handshake between computers and disk blocks.’
      • ‘SCSI is a parallel bus technology, similar to the buses that make up all computer systems, and every transfer is guaranteed and acknowledged with proper handshakes.’
      • ‘A connection between a browser and a Web server is divided into two phases, the handshake and the data transfer.’
      • ‘In a normal TCP / IP connection, two devices need to complete a three-way handshake before initiating transmission.’
      • ‘For those cursed with dialup, you probably know what the modem handshake sounds like, with the hissing and screaming before it is connected.’
      • ‘SAS, on the other hand, provides a loose handshake and thus frames can be transferred in both directions simultaneously.’
      • ‘It boasts intrusion detection systems, encryption key management and a cryptography accelerator that can perform up to 6,000 SSL handshakes a second.’
      • ‘It is already possible today for researchers to exchange haptic stimuli over the Internet to simulate handshakes.’

Pronunciation:

handshake

/ˈhan(d)ˌSHāk/