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handheld

or hand-held

[ hand-held ]
/ ˈhændˌhɛld /
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adjective

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.

noun

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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Nearby words

handfasting, handfeed, handful, handgrip, handgun, handheld, handheld computer, handhold, handholding, handicap, handicap register

Origin of handheld

First recorded in 1920–25
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

British Dictionary definitions for hand-held

hand-held


adjective

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

noun

a computer that can be held in the hand
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