head·​stand | \ ˈhed-ˌstand How to pronounce headstand (audio) \

Definition of headstand

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

Examples of headstand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two weeks ago, at a popular local pool near my hometown of Carbondale, Colorado, 30 feet off a busy road and in plain sight was a man buck naked, inverted in a headstand, his legs spread in a yoga pose. Francis Sanzaro, Outside Online, 16 Nov. 2020 Last Monday, the multi-hyphenate shared a photo on Instagram of herself doing a headstand. Alex Warner, PEOPLE.com, 7 Feb. 2022 And then the elephants would pivot earthward into a headstand, the rider rocketing forward with her animal. BostonGlobe.com, 25 July 2021 Great fake-out opening with the POV of Carmen watching a reality show called Love in Bali while doing a headstand. Scott Tobias, Vulture, 15 July 2021 None of us are seasoned yogis who can whip out a headstand on command. Katie Jackson, Travel + Leisure, 21 Mar. 2021 Bolo proves his worth by doing a literal back handspring into a diving humping motion into a headstand, which is no easy feat! Chris Murphy, Vulture, 21 Feb. 2021 His mother enrolled him and his brother in karate classes, but Stein kept opting for headstands and handstands. Matt Maccormack, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Jan. 2020 In a video accompanying the tweet, Cardi practices a headstand on stairs near the back of the stage, surrounded by dancers. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, 31 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of headstand

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

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22 May 2022

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“Headstand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headstand. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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head·​stand | \ ˈhed-ˌstand How to pronounce headstand (audio) \

Kids Definition of headstand

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


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