handedness

noun

hand·​ed·​ness ˈhan-dəd-nəs How to pronounce handedness (audio)
1
: a tendency to use one hand rather than the other
2
a
: 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

Examples of handedness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To this point, the Dodgers couldn’t have asked for much more from their top-of-the-order bats — a group including Mookie Betts, Shohei Ohtani, Freddie Freeman, Will Smith and, depending on the handedness of the opposing pitcher, either Teoscar Hernández or Max Muncy. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2024 Still, handedness could come down to chance a lot of the time. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Apr. 2024 The Tigers countered Barraclough's handedness by bringing Riley Greene, a left-handed hitter, off the bench to pinch-hit for Eric Haase. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 12 Aug. 2023 The Giants unflinchingly play the matchups, fielding almost completely different lineups depending on the opposing starter’s handedness. Jorge Castillo, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2023 See all Example Sentences for handedness 

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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of handedness was in 1915

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“Handedness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handedness. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

handedness

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