hand·​held | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌheld How to pronounce handheld (audio) , -ˈheld \

Definition of handheld

: held in the hand especially : designed to be operated while being held in the hand handheld computers

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handheld \ ˈhan(d)-​ˌheld How to pronounce handheld (audio) \ noun

Examples of handheld in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a handheld device, the Theragun Elite is highly portable. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "Theragun Elite review: Can this massage gun provide relief for desk workers and athletes?," 22 Jan. 2021 Gamers who prefer handheld solo play will take to it. The Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Gear of the Year: The Best Products We Tested in 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 Contestants race to press their handheld signalling devices, and whoever is first offers her answer, while looking to Trebek—all the way over there, at his lectern—for his reaction. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Rare Authority of Alex Trebek," 11 Nov. 2020 Chronographs that pair with iPhones and Android handheld devices, and whose batteries can be replaced without the use of extra tools, also get high marks. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things To Consider When Buying A Ballistic Chronograph," 21 Aug. 2019 One such restriction is that talent and handheld cameras are not allowed courtside, which means sideline reporter Maria Marino has generated her game coverage in the studio this season. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, "‘We’re firmly committed to making this work’: SNY navigates technical complexities, restrictions to provide UConn women’s coverage amid pandemic," 26 Dec. 2020 This handheld tool is an essential for frequent coffee drinkers, with more than 15,000 Amazon shoppers pledging for its high-quality construction. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this weekend," 20 June 2020 In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl using a handheld mixer, cream the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Make This Scrumptious Sugar Cookie Recipe from Beloved New Orleans Bakery Willa Jean," 24 Dec. 2020 Developed by the Stanford BioDesign program, this handheld device is safe for ages 3 and up and gently cleans ears, eliminating the need for cotton swabs. Noelle Ike, CNN Underscored, "33 genius ways to spend your FSA dollars before they expire," 22 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of handheld

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of handheld was in 1891

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23 Feb 2021

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“Handheld.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handheld. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of handheld

: designed to be used while being held in your hands

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