handhold

noun
hand·​hold | \ ˈhand-ˌhōld How to pronounce handhold (audio) \

Definition of handhold

1 : hold, grip
2 : something to hold on to (as in mountain climbing)

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Synonyms for handhold

Synonyms

clasp, clench, grapple, grasp, grip, handgrip, hold

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Examples of handhold in a Sentence

she tried to maintain her tight handhold on the umbrella as the wind picked up

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They’re made mainly of plywood, covered sparingly with handholds like those at a climbing gym. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Biggest Ice-Climbing Wall in American History," 23 Feb. 2019 GMOs have been a convenient handhold on a big, slippery problem. Tamar Haspel, Vox, "The public doesn’t trust GMOs. Will it trust CRISPR?," 24 July 2018 The Johnson Space Center contains a life-size mock-up of the ISS, whose drab, beige interior is lined with drab, gray handholds to tether down things and people, necessary given the lack of gravity. Sheila Marikar, New York Times, "The Rich Are Planning to Leave This Wretched Planet," 9 June 2018 Honnold spent three hours and 59 minutes scaling the nearly vertical 3,000-foot granite face knowing that a single slip, missed handhold or unforeseen incident would result in certain, gruesome death. Peter Fimrite, The Seattle Times, "Witness describes death plunge of two Yosemite climbers," 11 June 2018 Honnold spent three hours and 59 minutes scaling the nearly vertical 3,000-foot granite face knowing that a single slip, missed handhold or unforeseen incident would result in certain, gruesome death. Peter Fimrite, The Seattle Times, "Witness describes death plunge of two Yosemite climbers," 11 June 2018 Honnold spent three hours and 59 minutes scaling the nearly vertical 3,000-foot granite face knowing that a single slip, missed handhold or unforeseen incident would result in certain, gruesome death. Peter Fimrite, The Seattle Times, "Witness describes death plunge of two Yosemite climbers," 11 June 2018 Its removable doors gain a handhold for easier one-person detachment. Tom Voelk, New York Times, "26 Vehicles Played in the Mud. Here’s the Dirt.," 12 July 2018 Honnold spent three hours and 59 minutes scaling the nearly vertical 3,000-foot granite face knowing that a single slip, missed handhold or unforeseen incident would result in certain, gruesome death. Peter Fimrite, The Seattle Times, "Witness describes death plunge of two Yosemite climbers," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of handhold

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of handhold was in 1643

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handhold

noun

English Language Learners Definition of handhold

: a place or part on a surface that you can hold on to with your hand while climbing a cliff, mountain, etc.

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