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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.
  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.
    • February 2018, Robert Draper in National Geographic Magazine, They Are Watching You—and Everything Else on the Planet
      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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