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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Handsel  \Hand"sel\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Handseled}  or 
  {Handseled};  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Handseling}  or  {Handselling}.] 
  [Written  also  hansel.]  [OE  handsellen  hansellen  cf  Icel. 
  hadsala  handselja  See  {Handsel},  n.] 
  1.  To  give  a  handsel  to 
  2.  To  use  or  do  for  the  first  time,  esp.  so  as  to  make 
  fortunate  or  unfortunate;  to  try  experimentally. 
  No  contrivance  of  our  body,  but  some  good  man  in 
  Scripture  hath  handseled  it  with  prayer.  --Fuller.