hand·​stand | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌstand \

Definition of handstand

: an act of supporting the body on the hands with the trunk and legs balanced in the air

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On top of that, hollow body holds can train your body to better execute inversion movements, says Vidal, like handstands. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Why Doing a Hollow Body Hold Like Blake Lively’s Trainer Is So Challenging—Plus, How to Work Up to It," 30 Oct. 2018 Then Landolphi swung her legs up in the air and did a handstand on Zeiger’s shoulders. Jim Rendon, Marie Claire, "When Female Veterans Return Home," 29 Oct. 2018 My husband likes to do handstands at the airport while waiting for a flight. BostonGlobe.com, "Her circus business embraces the unconventional," 14 July 2018 Charlotte attempts a handstand to everyone’s delight! Josh Duboff, Vanities, "Princess Charlotte Dons Sunglasses and Prince George Plays with a Slinky in Surprising New Photos," 11 June 2018 Martino suggests newbies tune into the high-scale gymnastics events like the handstand walk, which takes place on Saturday, and handstand push-ups (50 of them!) on Sunday. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "How to Watch the 2018 CrossFit Games Regionals," 17 May 2018 Bezos tells the story of a close friend who wanted to learn how to execute a free-standing handstand with no assistance. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "6 take-aways on leadership from Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk," 19 Apr. 2018 Contortionist Elayne Kramer caps her own showcase by shooting an arrow through a balloon — from a handstand, with her feet. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "At Big Apple Circus, feats for the eyes," 16 Apr. 2018 Elton John does a handstand on his piano, London 1972. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Bernie Taupin Tells the Story Behind 1972’s ‘Rocket Man’," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of handstand

1890, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of handstand

: the act of balancing on your hands with the body and legs straight up in the air


hand·​stand | \ ˈhand-ˌstand \

Kids Definition of handstand

: an act of balancing on the hands with the body and legs straight up

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