head·​stand | \ˈhed-ˌstand \

Definition of headstand 

: the gymnastic feat of standing on one's head usually with support from the hands

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Any activity the group feels may cause pain or bring harm to the elephant—walking a tightrope, riding a bicycle, or doing headstands, for instance—has been prohibited. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Is It Ever Okay to Ride Elephants While on Vacation? It’s Complicated...," 18 Oct. 2018 Charlotte sat sweetly on her mother’s lap and had Kate laughing when the little princess attempted a headstand on the grass like her older cousins. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, "Casual Kate! This Is What Kate Middleton Wears When the Tiara Comes Off," 11 June 2018 An acrobatic couple have been criticized for performing a one-handed headstand inches away from a cargo plane on a beach infamous for low-flying jets. Fox News, "Couple criticized for pulling 'stupid' stunt in Saint Martin one year after woman dies on same beach," 10 July 2018 Attending with parents Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte had a blast playing outdoors, running barefoot and doing headstands on the grass. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Meghan and Harry to tour Australia and New Zealand," 11 June 2018 While sitting on the sidelines at the polo match, Princess Charlotte resourcefully used the grassy landscape to practice her headstands and show off some tumbling moves. Cady Lang, Time, "The Most Adorable Princess Charlotte and Prince George Moments at Prince William's Polo Match," 11 June 2018 Physically, headstands require both balance and strength. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "How to Learn to Do a Headstand Like Halle Berry," 26 Mar. 2018 First came Halle Berry, who celebrated #FitnessFridayHB with a topless headstand, proof of a well-honed yoga routine, as well as the onset of bikini weather. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Serena Williams, Jordyn Woods, and More," 1 Apr. 2018 Despite the hubbub, the crowd at the East River Track at 3 p.m. on a Tuesday continued to lunge, run, and do headstands. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Maryam Nassir Zadeh Had the Most Guerrilla Fashion Show of the Week," 12 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of headstand

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of headstand

: the act of positioning your body so that your head and hands are on the floor and your legs and feet are straight up in the air


head·​stand | \ˈhed-ˌstand \

Kids Definition of headstand

: the act of standing on the head with support from the hands

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