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See also: hand-over and hand over


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handover (plural handovers)

  1. The transference of authority, control, power or knowledge from one agency to another, or from one state to another.
    • 2019 October 4, Emma Graham-Harrison, “Hong Kong leader threatens harsher crackdown under emergency law”, in The Guardian[1], retrieved 4 October 2019:
      The emergency regulations ordinance, created by British authorities to break up port strikes in 1922, had not been used for over half a century, and never since the handover of Hong Kong to Chinese rule in 1997.
  2. The information passed on in such a case.
    The daytime team got an urgent handover from the afterhours department.
  3. (cellular telecommunications) the process of transferring an ongoing call or data session from one channel connected to the core network to another channel.
  4. (satellite telecommunications) the process of transferring satellite control responsibility from one earth station to another without loss or interruption of service.
  5. The transfer of goods from the dealer to the purchaser, often of illegal goods.
    • 2018 February, Robert Draper, “They are Watching You—and Everything Else on the Planet: Technology and Our Increasing Demand for Security have Put Us All under Surveillance. Is Privacy Becoming just a Memory?”, in National Geographic[2], Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 14 June 2018:
      Haz sits in the trailer for 10 hours straight, eyes trained on the patrons. If he sees the makings of a drug deal or a fight, he notifies the club’s in-house security by walkie-talkie. It amazes him how indiscreet drug dealers can be—with the bulges in their socks and their melodramatic handovers—despite the presence of security guards.


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