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  2  definitions  found 
 
  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. 
  --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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  handful 
  n  1:  a  small  number  or  amount;  "only  a  handful  of  responses  were 
  received"  [syn:  {smattering}] 
  2:  the  quantity  that  can  be  held  in  the  hand  [syn:  {fistful}] 




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