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

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Our take: The Playdate is great news for gamers looking for an alternative innovation fix in the handheld realm. Brittany Vincent, Popular Mechanics, "What Could This New Handheld System Mean for the Future of Gaming?," 23 May 2019 Use a handheld garment steamer or bursts from your steam iron to kill any dust mites lurking near the surface. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean a Couch Like a Pro," 29 Mar. 2019 Using a handheld device available at the front of QFC’s Bella Bottega store, Stephens logs into his Kroger rewards account and calls up his shopping list. Paul Roberts, The Seattle Times, "Kroger hopes Redmond QFC pilot with Microsoft will make it ‘retailer of the future’," 7 Jan. 2019 During an investor briefing, Nintendo said that most Switch owners play either handheld mode, or in both handheld and TV modes. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "This Is the Grip I Use For My Nintendo Switch," 31 Dec. 2018 Vendors waved handheld metal detectors and displayed 3D surveillance cameras. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "I went to a huge conference on school safety. No one wanted to talk about gun control.," 30 July 2018 The new iPhone is a handheld facial-recognition device and the Apple Watch collects lots of personal health and medical data, even if none of that data reaches Apple servers. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Tim Cook wants a federal privacy law — but so do Facebook and Google," 24 Oct. 2018 Shooting largely with a handheld camera, Qu generates a jittery energy that makes the characters' stress palpable. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "A government official's child rape is swept under the rug in Angels Wear White," 27 June 2018 Shooting with a handheld camera, Midi Z is present only as a disembodied, deadpan voice offscreen (except in a scene where he is being treated for virulent malaria), creating an observational subjectivity that makes the viewer part of the story. Peter Keough, BostonGlobe.com, "Gender-bending ballet, ground-breaking theater, and Burmese brothers," 31 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of handheld

: designed to be used while being held in your hands

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