handedness

noun
hand·​ed·​ness | \ ˈhan-dəd-nəs How to pronounce handedness (audio) \

Definition of handedness

1 : a tendency to use one hand rather than the other
2a : the property of an object (such as a molecule) of not being identical with its mirror image : chirality
b : either of the two configurations of an object that may exist in forms which are nonidentical mirror images

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Heather Hansman’s new book Downriver: Into the Future of Water in the West explores the water emergency with remarkable calm and even-handedness. Max Holleran, The New Republic, "The Water Wars Are Here," 13 Sep. 2019 To test Christman's hypothesis, The Washington Post polled all 32 teams for their receivers' handedness. Sam Fortier, courant.com, "Why aren’t there any left-handed quarterbacks in the NFL?," 15 Aug. 2019 Stephen Christman has always been fascinated by handedness. Sam Fortier, courant.com, "Why aren’t there any left-handed quarterbacks in the NFL?," 15 Aug. 2019 The Red Sox utility infielder has a compact swing and hand/eye coordination that allows him to make solid contact regardless of the handedness of opposing pitchers. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "Facing a lefty no problem for Red Sox’ Brock Holt," 22 Aug. 2019 Nauta, a seventh-round pick from Georgia, prides himself on his sure-handedness. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions rookie TE Isaac Nauta still working to catch on in camp," 14 Aug. 2019 His columns were alternately praised for their eclecticism and criticized for their ham-handedness. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "The UK’s new prime minister has a resume that would make anyone think twice," 23 July 2019 Accused by some of heavy-handedness in his staging techniques, Zeffirelli fought frequent verbal battles with others in Italian theater. Washington Post, "“Romeo and Juliet” director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96," 15 June 2019 The announcement comes at the end of a week that has seen the force accused of heavy-handedness. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Autistic Londoners issued with 'autism alert' cards by police," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of handedness

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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handedness

noun
hand·​ed·​ness | \ -nəs How to pronounce handedness (audio) \

Medical Definition of handedness

1 : a tendency to use one hand rather than the other
2 : the property of an object (as a molecule) of not being identical with its mirror image
3 : the property of having either a clockwise or counterclockwise motion (as the corkscrew movement of some microorganisms or their flagella or cilia)

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