- held in the hand or hands: a handheld torch.
- small enough to be used or operated while being held in the hand or hands: a handheld hair drier.
- something small enough to be used or operated while held in the hand or hands: She traded in her bulky old movie camera for a handheld.
Origin of handheld
First recorded in 1920–25
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Examples from the Web for hand-held
There may have been a hand-held camera, but no large camera.Warren Commission (12 of 26): Hearings Vol. XII (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
- held in position by the hand
- (of a film camera) held rather than mounted, as in close-up action shots
- (of an electronic device) able to be held in the hand and not requiring connection to a fixed power source
- a computer that can be held in the hand
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