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English Dictionary: handful by the DICT Development Group
2 results for handful
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a small number or amount; "only a handful of responses were received"
    Synonym(s): handful, smattering
  2. the quantity that can be held in the hand
    Synonym(s): handful, fistful
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Handful \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.
      {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.
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