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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Other Words from handheld

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

Examples of handheld in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The company makes handheld scooters for underwater use. Washington Post, "CES Gadget Show: Pizza from robots, underwater scooters," 10 Jan. 2020 Dell's doing just that within its Alienware gaming family with a new concept device dubbed Concept UFO, a handheld gaming console that looks quite similar to the Nintendo Switch but is built for full-fledged portable PC gaming. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Dell’s new Concept UFO puts PC gaming on a Nintendo Switch-like device," 6 Jan. 2020 Here are three handheld navigation systems that can offer off-the-grid peace of mind. Popular Science, "Handheld navigation systems that keep you on route when you lose cell service," 6 Jan. 2020 To see if a game is compatible with the Switch Lite, check the game's physical packaging (or check the eShop) and look for a handheld mode icon. Jess Grey, Wired, "11 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your New Switch Lite," 26 Dec. 2019 Smith took Jennifer’s blood pressure and checked the baby’s heartbeat, using a handheld Doppler fetal monitor. Emily Bobrow, The New Yorker, "A Midwife in the North Country," 22 Dec. 2019 Nintendo's announcement video revealed that any existing and future Switch games that support handheld mode will be playable on the Lite. Robert Carnevale, WIRED, "Should You Buy the Nintendo Switch Lite?," 14 July 2019 Those who prefer a handheld steamer with a nozzle design will enjoy its powerful and even flow of steam. Dan Q. Dao, Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Best Travel Steamers for a Wrinkle-Free Vacation," 5 Dec. 2019 In contrast to other concert series, like the cluttered Tiny Desk or the handheld street roving of La Blogotheque, the look of COLORS is soothing and pristine. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "Meet COLORS, a Rising Powerhouse for Music Discovery," 27 Nov. 2019

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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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Last Updated

14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Handheld.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handheld. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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How to pronounce handheld (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of handheld

: designed to be used while being held in your hands

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