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 for handshaking
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: grasping and shaking a person's hand (as to acknowledge an
           introduction or to agree on a contract) [syn: handshake,
           shake, handshaking, handclasp]

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

      [very common] Hardware or software activity designed to start or keep two
      machines or programs in synchronization as they do protocol. Often
      applied to human activity; thus, a hacker might watch two people in
      conversation nodding their heads to indicate that they have heard each
      others' points and say ?Oh, they're handshaking!?. See also protocol.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

     1. Predetermined hardware or software activity designed to
     establish or maintain two machines or programs in
     synchronisation.  Handshaking often concerns the exchange of
     messages or packets of data between two systems with limited
     buffers.  A simple handshaking protocol might only involve
     the receiver sending a message meaning "I received your last
     message and I am ready for you to send me another one."  A
     more complex handshaking protocol might allow the sender to
     ask the receiver if he is ready to receive or for the receiver
     to reply with a negative acknowledgement meaning "I did not
     receive your last message correctly, please resend it" (e.g. if
     the data was corrupted en route).
     Hardware handshaking uses voltage levels or pulses on wires
     to carry the handshaking signals whereas software
     handshaking uses data units (e.g. ASCII characters) carried
     by some underlying communication medium.
     Flow control in bit-serial data transmission such as
     EIA-232 may use either hardware or software handshaking.
     2. The method used by two modems to establish contact with
     each other and to agreee on baud rate, error correction
     and compression protocols.
     3. The exchange of predetermined signals between agents
     connected by a communications channel to assure each that it
     is connected to the other (and not to an imposter).  This may
     also include the use of passwords and codes by an operator.
     [{Jargon File]

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