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 To further illustrate his point about long-term thinking, Bezos tells a story about a woman wanting to learn to do a handstand. Janine Maclachlan, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Think of something that would be really cool to do: a handstand, a dance routine, a pull-up. Liz Plosser, Good Housekeeping, 13 Aug. 2021 The vaulter jumps high into the air and pulls himself into a handstand as the pole starts to straighten. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 25 July 2021 His legs spun clockwise as his arms marched between grips, ending in a handstand that gently dipped to the ground. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 July 2021 The gymnast begins in a handstand position above the rail. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 25 July 2021 One influencer can hoop while standing on a giant red ball, and another can hoop with her feet while doing a handstand. Janelle Davis, CNN, 24 July 2021 One of their first fundraisers was a handstand challenge, which produced videos and photos of team members doing handstands, often in unusual locations. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, 4 June 2021 Gonzaga later posted video proof that the handstand did, indeed, occur. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of handstand

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of handstand was in 1890

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“Handstand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handstand. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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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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