hand·​stand | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌstand How to pronounce handstand (audio) \

Definition of handstand

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

Examples of handstand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lookyloos spotted the mischievous green Grinch beckoning them inside a 1920 brick building, Spider-Man performing a handstand in a townhouse and an inflatable unicorn outside the front step of a home. oregonlive, "Can Bigfoot help sell a $1 million house? One California broker says, ‘Made you look’," 26 May 2020 Tom Holland isn't just doing shirtless handstands in quarantine these days. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Tom Holland surprises Jimmy Kimmel's Spider-Man-loving son on his birthday," 22 Apr. 2020 His mother enrolled him and his brother in karate classes, but Stein kept opting for headstands and handstands. Matt Maccormack, BostonGlobe.com, "Reading gymnastics squad has big goals," 18 Jan. 2020 The handstand challenge was issued to UAA volleyball players by assistant coach Brook Pottle, who posted videos of the efforts on Twitter. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "At UAA and APU, a handful of athletes are hunkering down," 19 Apr. 2020 My husband and daughter are having handstand competitions. Pooja Bhatia, SFChronicle.com, "My Bay Area sheltering-in-place family got and survived coronavirus," 22 Apr. 2020 Vera Pluharova learned how to put on a T-shirt while doing a handstand. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "At UAA and APU, a handful of athletes are hunkering down," 19 Apr. 2020 Monday’s Big Winner: Simone Biles Simone Biles took the handstand challenge to an entirely different level over the weekend, and made all the celebrities who tried it out look absolutely lame in comparison. Nick Schwartz, USA TODAY, "The best and worst sports to watch at a time with no sports," 13 Apr. 2020 Simone Biles doing a flawless handstand is not news. Whitney Perry, Glamour, "Simone Biles Ditches Her Sweatpants in Astonishing ‘Handstand Challenge’," 12 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of handstand

1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Handstand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handstand. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce handstand (audio) \

Kids Definition of handstand

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

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