handicap

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v handicap injure permanently "He was disabled in a car accident"
    • v handicap put at a disadvantage "The brace I have to wear is hindering my movements"
    • v handicap attempt to forecast the winner (especially in a horse race) and assign odds for or against a contestant
    • n handicap advantage given to a competitor to equalize chances of winning
    • n handicap something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
    • n handicap the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness "reading disability","hearing impairment"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • handicap a physical or mental disability of the body which makes normal human activities more difficult or impossible; as, his deformed leg was a major handicap in walking.
    • handicap A race, for horses or men, or any contest of agility, strength, or skill, in which there is an allowance of time, distance, weight, or other advantage, to equalize the chances of the competitors.
    • handicap An allowance of a certain amount of time or distance in starting, granted in a race to the competitor possessing inferior advantages; or an additional weight or other hindrance imposed upon the one possessing superior advantages, in order to equalize, as much as possible, the chances of success; as, the handicap was five seconds, or ten pounds, and the like.
    • handicap An old game at cards.
    • handicap any disadvantage that makes an activity more difficult or impossible; as, insufficient capital was a big handicap in competing against Microsoft.
    • v. t Handicap To encumber with a handicap in any contest; hence, in general, to place at disadvantage; as, the candidate was heavily handicapped .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n handicap An old game at cards, not unlike loo.
    • n handicap In racing and athletics, an extra burden placed upon, or a special requirement made of, a superior competitor in favor of an inferior, in order to make their chances more equal. In a horse-race the handicap is usually an additional weight to be carried by the better horse; in a foot-race, jumping-match, etc., a shorter time, greater distance, or the like, for the superior contestant. The amount of the handicap is adjusted in accordance with the performance of the competitors in previous contests; and in horse-racing regard is had also to the age, sex, and height of the horses. The principle is applied in other contests of agility or skill: thus, in draughts, a superior player is handicapped if he plays against an unskilful or inexperienced player with eleven men to the latter's twelve.
    • n handicap A race in which the supposed superiority of certain competitors is counterbalanced by penalties of additional weight, distance, or time imposed on them, or the inferiority of others is compensated by a certain amount of time or distance granted them in starting; any contest or competition in which an allowance of time or distance or other advantage is given to an inferior competitor: as, the Newmarket handicap.
    • handicap Noting a contest in which certain competitors are handicapped: as, a handicap race or game.
    • handicap To impose, as upon a competitor in a race or other contest, some disadvantage, such as a penalty of additional weight or distance or an allowance of a start or other advantage to an opponent.
    • handicap Figuratively, to place at a disadvantage by the imposition of any embarrassment, impediment, or disability: as, handicapped by age, by inexperience, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Handicap hand′i-kap to impose special disadvantages or impediments upon in order to offset advantages, and make a better contest—in a horse-race the superior horse carries a heavier weight, while foot-runners are placed at different distances, or start at different times:
    • n Handicap any contest so adjusted, or the condition imposed
    • v.t Handicap hand′i-kap (fig.) to place at a disadvantage by some burden or disability
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Quotations

  • Lazarus Long
    Lazarus Long
    “Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy.”
  • Ray Kroc
    Ray Kroc
    “While formal schooling is an important advantage, it is not a guarantee of success nor is its absence a fatal handicap.”
  • Lawrence Bixby
    Lawrence Bixby
    “Each handicap is like a hurdle in a steeplechase, and when you ride up to it, if you throw your heart over, the horse will go along too.”
  • Golda Meir
    Golda%20Meir
    “Not being beautiful was the true blessing... Not being beautiful forced me to develop my inner resources. The pretty girl has a handicap to overcome.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    Napoleon%20Bonaparte
    “In politics, an absurdity is not a handicap.”
  • Shirley Anita Chisholm
    Shirley Anita Chisholm
    “Of my two handicaps, being female put many more obstacles in my path than being black.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From hand in cap,; -- perh. in reference to an old mode of settling a bargain by taking pieces of money from a cap.]
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Hand in the cap, from the usage in an ancient kind of sport and method of settling a bargain by arbitration.

Usage

In literature:

Handicapped at the start, he cannot hope to achieve a high level of attainment.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe
But Toni found herself, all unwillingly, handicapped, by her non-comprehension both of the matter and method of Owen's creative work.
"The Making of a Soul" by Kathlyn Rhodes
A HANDICAP AT THE FIRST STATION.
"Motor Boat Boys Mississippi Cruise" by Louis Arundel
But Sir Donald is handicapped.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
In other respects, too, Alfred was handicapped.
"Blazed Trail Stories" by Stewart Edward White
Your good ancestors is no handicap.
"Dollars and Sense" by Col. Wm. C. Hunter
His attitude on the liquor question also proved a handicap.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Besides, the salesman places himself under a handicap to begin with.
"The Book of Business Etiquette" by Nella Henney
Such a race to run and yet so badly handicapped!
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
The Orient's chief handicap has been its vicious political tradition.
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
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In poetry:

In darkroom of your eye the moonly mind
somersaults to counterfeit eclipse;
bright angels black out over logic's land
under shutter of their handicaps.
"Sonnet To Satan" by Sylvia Plath
Then we'll close in
on those puffy eyes.
And a really large close-up
of twitching lips.
(Let's hope this is suggestive of the suffering of the handicapped).
"The Handicapped on Camera (Kaimare Mein Apahij)" by Raghuvir Sahay

In news:

For years, parking has been a sore spot for downtown Raleigh businesses, especially time-limited parking spaces taken up all day by vehicles with handicapped placards .
Handicapped placards lined up, which prevented parking turnover.
Poseidon 's Warrior, upset winner of the Alfred G Vanderbilt Handicap (gr.
Poseidon 's Warrior wins the Alfred G Vanderbilt Handicap.
The long shot Poseidon 's Warrior held off Justin Phillip by a neck in deep stretch to score an upset in the Grade I Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga Race Course.
480 DAYS OUT, HANDICAPPING THE GOP HOPEFULS.
Funny Cide Faces Seven in Mr Prospector Handicap.
Indiana Derby winner Zanjero makes his 4-year-old debut for Steve Asmussen in the Razorback Handicap.
Redeemed dominates the Brooklyn Handicap.
Redeemed overcame an outside post to lead every step of the way in the $200,000 Brooklyn Handicap (gr II), romping to victory by 10 lengths at Belmont Park June 8 (VIDEO).
Regally Ready, rebounding from a disappointing effort in the Turf Monster Handicap (gr IIIT) last month, held off the fast-closing favorite.
Regally Ready hangs on to win the San Simeon Handicap.
Although Senator Bob Dole of Kansas, the majority leader, has a number of physical handicaps and medical conditions, they are "stable or controlled" and his health is "excellent," his doctors said today.
Sweet Repent defeated Amazing by a nose in the Stage Door Betty Handicap at Calder.
Police say Dickerson is mentally handicapped and needs medications.
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In science:

Suggestions for the possible uses of a Memex for handicapped persons include: • Guiding through an unfamiliar physical environment • Queuing/Prioritizing information/tasks • Helping them be independent.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
This final point proved to be a ma jor handicap, hampering the pointing performance characterization of the ALMA prototype antennas and limiting the ultimate performance (see Figure 14).
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
Of the total of 3316 PWDs in this age group, it is observed that 1891 which constitute 56 percent are not educated. Note also that a majority are from orthopaedically handicapped (25 percent) and from speech and hearing impaired (10 percent).
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
These do not cancel in all gauge-invariant quantities and no consensus has emerged as to whether it can be used even in principle for low energy physics.4 Both starting points are handicapped by their serious qualitative differences with the true vacuum of the theory.
Large N Gauge Theory -- Expansions and Transitions
The mostly used method of Darmois-Israel, based on the Gauss-Kodazzi decomposition of space-time, is handicapped through the junction conditions which make the formalism unhandy.
Application of Colombeau's Generalized Functions to Cosmological Models with Signature Change
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