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 : chiralityb : either of the two configurations of an object that may exist in forms which are nonidentical mirror images
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Hong Konger first Sonny Lo, a political commentator in Hong Kong, says Beijing’s heavy-handedness has led more and more young people to distance themselves from the mainland and to see themselves as Hong Kongers first and foremost.
Pianist Rabinovich was especially fine throughout, filling in the big chordal textures of the symphony and fully meeting the onslaught from the percussion without having to resort to heavy-handedness.
But in dealing with such weighty and dark themes, the book suffers from an inconsistency in tone—jarring transitions, from virtuosity and snark to heavy handedness and moralizing, make Roy sound unconvincing as a narrator.
Only about 10 percent of the population is left-handed, which may explain why everything from scissors, spiral notebooks, power tools, can openers, and, yes, even the driver’s cup holder are all designed with dominant handedness in mind.
As suggested in the study, the link between handedness and and mathematical ability comes down to which parts of the brain are being used.
With his size, handedness and ability, scouts project Peterson will be selected in the first or second round of next month's MLB Draft, meaning his return for a senior year in Eugene is unlikely.
His size, handedness and velocity check most of their boxes.
His even-handedness in that move has been questioned by Clinton and other Democrats.
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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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