• WordNet 3.6
    • n handbag a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women) "she reached into her bag and found a comb"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • handbag A bag for small articles, carried in the hand in traveling or shopping.
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In literature:

Nancy reached into her handbag and drew out a folded paper.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
He wrote to Lalage that evening, explaining matters; consequently, she was not surprised when he came up next morning carrying a handbag.
"People of Position" by Stanley Portal Hyatt
Her hands shook so that she could scarcely open her handbag.
"Rim o' the World" by B. M. Bower
Then she opens her sea-goin' handbag and takes somethin' out.
"Alex the Great" by H. C. Witwer
One or two women appeared to be unduly solicitous of their large and heavy handbags.
"Occasion for Disaster" by Gordon Randall Garrett
My well-beloved had at that moment opened her handbag and taken out her wisp of lace handkerchief.
"The Sign of Silence" by William Le Queux
I once happened to see the contents of the handbag.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
In the shabby handbag was her ticket to Tinsdale and eight dollars and a half in change.
"Exit Betty" by Grace Livingston Hill
Almost before Mr. Shawyer had finished speaking she rose and took up her shabby little handbag.
"The Beggar Man" by Ruby Mildred Ayres
From it can also be made very pretty, strong, durable and useful handbags.
"Philippine Mats" by Hugo H. Miller

In news:

The 3-year-old donned an $850 Salvatore Ferragamo "Sofia" handbag while boarding a helicopter with her parents in Jamaica Feb 5.
Thieves invade ' handbag heaven'.
Her luggage stands at the ready, with a constant rotation of handbags that hold her in-flight must-haves.
Handbag auction benefits Go Red for Women.
Stealing a woman's handbag is robbing her identity.
I purchased a new handbag the other week.
Safer Futures, a program of Family & Community Services, held its second annual "Hope in a Handbag" recently.
Introducing the Handbag That Charges Your Cell Phone.
The Everpurse is a new product that allows you to charge your device on the go in your handbag.
Handbag maker Danielle DiFerdinando with a few of her pieces.
Newborn Found Abandoned in Handbag.
The newborn boy was found towel-wrapped, incased in a pillowcase inside a handbag.
Sesame Street fun facts, what's in your handbag.
Must-sees on Savannah's autumn handbag hot list.
My First Designer Handbag and It's for My Camera.

In science:

The VCS amplitude with the handbag diagrams, Fig. 13, have the form T µν = i Z d4k (2π)4 T r [γ nuS (k + q)γmu + γmuS (k − q)γ nu]F (k), where S is the quark propagator and F (k) = Z eikxd4x < N (p′ )| ¯ψ(0)ψ(x)|N (P ) > .
2004 Review of Light Cone Field Theory
Agreements with the diquark and the handbag predictions were found in reasonable shape for the L3 studies , while the expectation from the three-quark model was clearly below the data.
Hadronic Final States
Because of computational of “planar” handbag-type graphs in complications, the non-planar contributions are not implemented in the QCDINS event generator, corresponding to unreliable QCDINS results for small Q2 .
Instanton-Induced Processes - An Overview
Figure 2: Handbag approximation for the elastic lepton-nucleon scattering at large momentum transfers.
Two-Photon Physics in Hadronic Processes
The handbag diagrams discussed so far have both photons coupled to the same quark.
Two-Photon Physics in Hadronic Processes