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Meaning of HANDFUL

Pronunciation:  'hand`fûl

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  the quantity that can be held in the hand
  2. [n]  a small number or amount; "only a handful of responses were received"
 

HANDFUL is a 7 letter word that starts with H.

 

 Synonyms: fistful, smattering
 
 See Also: containerful, small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Hand"ful\, n.; pl. {Hand flus}. [AS. handfull.]
1. As much as the hand will grasp or contain. --Addison.

2. A hand's breadth; four inches. [Obs.]

         Knap the tongs together about a handful from the
         bottom.                               --Bacon.

3. A small quantity.

         This handful of men were tied to very hard duty.
                                               --Fuller.

{To have one's handful}, to have one's hands full; to have
   all one can do. [Obs.]

         They had their handful to defend themselves from
         firing.                               --Sir. W.
                                               Raleigh.

 
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