Handsel

Hand"sel

, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Handseled or Handselled (hnd"sld); 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.
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2. To use or do for the first time, esp. so as to make fortunate or unfortunate; to try experimentally.
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No contrivance of our body, but some good man in Scripture hath handseled it with prayer.
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