- 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for handheld
The joint venture entails Corgenix migrating the rapid diagnostic tests into a handheld device designed by Nanomix.This New Ebola Test Is As Easy As a Pregnancy Test, So Why Aren’t We Using It?
October 3, 2014
“I stopped and yelled on my handheld radio for help,” the affidavit reports.The Muslim Convert Behind America’s First Workplace Beheading
September 27, 2014
The market for handheld devices is now crowded with competitors.Apple Wants Beats So It Can Control You
May 12, 2014
The Army wants a handheld directed-energy weapon that is capable of both inflicting pain or using lethal force.
The tough part may be making such a device small enough to be handheld.
In some handheld devices, the font for definitions may appear in bold.The New Forest
He had some kind of handheld device, and its blue glow lit his face.Little Brother
I started to pull out the handheld but he put a hand on my arm.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
The layout of several tables was adjusted to accommodate display on ebook readers and handheld devices.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume III (of 4)
Francis Maitland Balfour
For handheld formats, such as epub, small caps are converted to all caps.The Works of William Shakespeare [Cambridge Edition] [9 vols.]