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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Examples of handhold in a Sentence

she tried to maintain her tight handhold on the umbrella as the wind picked up
Recent Examples on the Web This will give you a gap of 5 to 6 inches between the string and the handhold when the bow is strung. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "9 Tips For Building a Bow (and Arrows) in a Survival Situation," 25 June 2020 When these parts are complete, try a test run by spinning the drill with the bow pinned between the fire board and handhold. Popular Science, "Eight wood-carving skills to help you survive," 14 Apr. 2020 When these parts are complete, try a test run by spinning the drill with the bow pinned between the fire board and handhold. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "8 Wood Carving Skills for Survival," 25 Feb. 2020 How to do it: Find a weight-bearing handhold, such as a pull-up bar, portable hang board, rafter, beam, or tree branch. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "An Alpinist's Do-Anywhere Bodyweight Workout," 6 Apr. 2020 The approximately two-second handhold sent fans all over the world into a frenzy—including Anniston's real-life bestie, Courtney Cox. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Courtney Cox Was Just as Excited as You Were About Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s SAGs Reunion," 20 Jan. 2020 That can be a shooting bag or lead sled at the range or a simple handhold against a tree trunk in the woods. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "3 Things to Consider Before you Buy Shooting Sticks," 11 Nov. 2019 But the winds calmed and the first of around 1,000 climbers began their ascent at a chain handhold up the steep western face three hours later than scheduled. NBC News, "Australia's iconic rock Uluru scaled by final climbers," 25 Oct. 2019 But the winds calmed and the first of around 1,000 climbers began their ascent at a chain handhold up the steep western face three hours later than scheduled. Fox News, "Australia's Uluru scaled by final climbers before ban on sacred site goes into effect," 25 Oct. 2019

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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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5 Jul 2020

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“Handhold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handhold. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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handhold

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How to pronounce handhold (audio)

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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