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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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 The nearly 90 photos in this show were done with a handheld camera, color slide film and an eye for a subcontinent’s dense complexity. Anita Gates, New York Times, "From 12th Century B.C. to 2017, Art in Startling Variety," 7 Mar. 2018 The short clip was shot on handheld video cameras by the cast. Kristi Turnquist, OregonLive.com, "'Everything Sucks!' clip takes us behind the scenes of Oregon-filmed show," 23 Feb. 2018 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

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First Known Use of handheld

1891, in the meaning defined above

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21 Oct 2018

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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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something that serves to warn or remind

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