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handheld

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[hand-held]
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adjective
  1. held in the hand or hands: a handheld torch.
  2. small enough to be used or operated while being held in the hand or hands: a handheld hair drier.
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noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of handheld

First recorded in 1920–25
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Examples from the Web for hand-held

Historical Examples

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for hand-held

hand-held

adjective
  1. held in position by the hand
  2. (of a film camera) held rather than mounted, as in close-up action shots
  3. (of an electronic device) able to be held in the hand and not requiring connection to a fixed power source
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noun
  1. a computer that can be held in the hand
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