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

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Her social-media presence bears this out: there’s Lulu doing a handstand on a beach, and hoisting an ice ax in the air, and pumping out push-ups, and whitewater kayaking, and diving off a rock into a blue pool of water. Rachel Monroe, Outside Online, "Last winter, Moroccan officials found two hikers dead on the trail to the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains. The international investigation that followed revealed the fragility of the adventure travel economy, as well as what happens when a small tourist hub is suddenly made strange by violence.," 29 July 2019 The company includes athletic actors who manage handstands in the scenes in the woods, and others who provide musical accompaniment on an array of instruments. Terry Byrne, BostonGlobe.com, "A fairy tale vision for Shakespeare on the Common," 11 July 2019 They were surrounded by eager male Marines, one of whom was doing a handstand. Heather Mac Donald, WSJ, "Women Don’t Belong in Combat Units," 13 Jan. 2019 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

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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 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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