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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 hand·ful /ˈhæn(d)ˌfʊl/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 hand·ful n.; pl. handfuls
 1. As much as the hand will grasp or contain.
 2. A hand's breadth; four inches. [Obs.]
    Knap the tongs together about a handful from the bottom.   --Bacon.
 3. A small quantity or number.
    This handful of men were tied to very hard duty.   --Fuller.
 To have one's handful, to have one's hands full; to have all one can do. [Obs.]
    They had their handful to defend themselves from firing.   --Sir. W. Raleigh.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a small number or amount; "only a handful of responses were
           received" [syn: smattering]
      2: the quantity that can be held in the hand [syn: fistful]