Meaning of handshake

hand•shake

Pronunciation: (hand'shāk"), [key]
— n.
  1. a gripping and shaking of right hands by two individuals, as to symbolize greeting, congratulation, agreement, or farewell.
  2. an exchange of predetermined signals between a computer and a peripheral device or another computer, made when a connection is initially established or at intervals during data transmission, in order to assure proper synchronization.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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