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handicap


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Handicap  \Hand"i*cap\,  n.  [From  hand  in  cap;  --  perh.  in 
  reference  to  an  old  mode  of  setting  a  bargain  by  taking 
  pieces  of  money  from  a  cap.] 
  1.  An  allowance  of  a  certain  amount  of  time  or  distance  in 
  starting,  granted  in  a  race  to  the  competitor  possessing 
  inferior  advantages;  or  an  additional  weight  or  other 
  hindrance  imposed  upon  the  one  possessing  superior 
  advantages,  in  order  to  equalize,  as  much  as  possible,  the 
  chances  of  success;  as  the  handicap  was  five  seconds,  or 
  ten  pounds,  and  the  like 
 
  2.  A  race,  for  horses  or  men,  or  any  contest  of  agility, 
  strength,  or  skill,  in  which  there  is  an  allowance  of 
  time,  distance,  weight,  or  other  advantage,  to  equalize 
  the  chances  of  the  competitors. 
 
  3.  An  old  game  at  cards.  [Obs.]  --Pepys. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Handicap  \Hand"i*cap\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Handicapped};  p.  pr 
  &  vb  n.  {Handicapping}.] 
  To  encumber  with  a  handicap  in  any  contest;  hence  in 
  general,  to  place  at  disadvantage;  as  the  candidate  was 
  heavily  handicapped. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  handicap 
  n  1:  the  condition  of  being  unable  to  perform  as  a  consequence  of 
  physical  or  mental  unfitness  [syn:  {disability},  {disablement}, 
  {impairment}] 
  2:  advantage  given  to  a  competitor  to  equalize  chances  of 
  winning 
  3:  something  immaterial  that  interferes  with  or  delays  action 
  or  progress  [syn:  {hindrance},  {deterrent},  {impediment}] 
  v  1:  injure  permanently  [syn:  {disable},  {invalid},  {incapacitate}] 
  2:  put  at  a  disadvantage  [syn:  {hinder},  {hamper},  {disadvantage}] 




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