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Meaning of handset

hand•set

Pronunciation: (n.hand'set"v., adj.hand'set', -set"), [key]
— n., v., adj. -set, -set•ting,
—n.
  1. Also calleda telephone having a mouthpiece and earpiece mounted at opposite ends of a handle.
—v.t.
  1. to set (type) by hand.
—adj.
  1. (of type) set by hand.
  2. (of a publication) printed directly from type set by hand.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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