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

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 Most stick vacuums can be used in two configurations — upright and handheld. Carolyn Forté, Good Housekeeping, 5 May 2022 Wearers can enjoy flexibility in style as it can be used as a handheld or cross-body bag. Thomas Hindle, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Apr. 2022 Accessorizing with brogue-style derby shoes and golden handheld glasses, Bad Bunny hit his first Met Gala look out of the park. ELLE, 4 May 2022 These walk-in showers are often large areas with benches, handheld showerheads and linear drains that are easy to navigate and use by those with mobility challenges or easily fatigued. Jamie Gold, Forbes, 3 May 2022 If successful, the project could bring inexpensive, easy-to-use handheld diagnostics to parts of the world that don’t have access to medical testing facilities. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 May 2022 But Craig’s Macbeth is a bit of a blur, a portrayal lost in the heavy mists, which the cast spreads repeatedly, via handheld foggers. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 This handheld, electrical device pulls unwanted hair from the root using a rotating head equipped with numerous tweezers. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, 26 Apr. 2022 The pressures of combat also spurred technological innovation, as military telegraphers developed handheld wiretapping devices the size of a cigarette case. Andrew Lanham, The New Republic, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of handheld

1891, in the meaning defined above

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18 May 2022

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“Handheld.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handheld. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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