hand·held | \ˈhan(d)-ˌheld, -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 \ noun

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Alternately, the mixture can be blended directly in the bowl using a handheld immersion blender. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A better wurst? Organic Wisconsin brats are ready for your summer grill," 22 May 2018 The handheld immersion blender is the smaller-but-still-plenty-powerful dark horse for MVP. Becky Krystal, charlotteobserver, "Why buying an immersion blender is a smooth move | Charlotte Observer," 15 May 2018 Many states recognize distracted driving as a problem—47 ban texting and driving; 15 don’t allow drivers to use handheld cell phones whatsoever. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "As Pedestrian Deaths Spike, Scientists Scramble for Answers," 22 Mar. 2018 Specialized processor farms have been set up in some countries to mine bitcoin, but other digital currencies can still be mined on small computers, or even handheld phones. Tim Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Latest in cybercrime: Your infected computer enslaved to earn digital currency," 11 Feb. 2018 Various states also prohibit handheld phone use in special circumstances, such as in school zones or construction zones. Justine Mcdaniel, Philly.com, "One hand on the wheel, one on the phone: Still legal while driving in Pa.," 6 July 2018 Laws in 14 other states – along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands – have banned handheld phone use by drivers. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "You can't stream video while driving, more states decide as distracted driving deaths rise," 28 June 2018 The June 13 fire was started by a construction worker using a grinder, a handheld electric tool, according to Louisville fire officials. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "'Waitress' canceled due to fire damage at the Kentucky Center," 19 June 2018 State police there made enforcing the ban on the handheld use of phones while driving law a priority last spring. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Distracted Driving Is Skyrocketing, Even With New Laws Limiting Phones in Cars," 10 Apr. 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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