[ hand-stand ]
/ ˈhændˌstænd /


an act or instance of supporting the body in a vertical position by balancing on the palms of the hands.

verb (used without object), hand·stood, hand·stand·ing.

to perform a handstand.
Compare headstand.

Origin of handstand

First recorded in 1895–1900; hand + stand
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Examples from the Web for handstand

  • They came out even in the handstand, somersault, and skin-the-cat contest.

    David and the Phoenix|Edward Ormondroyd

British Dictionary definitions for handstand


/ (ˈhændˌstænd) /


the act or instance of supporting the body on the hands alone in an upside down position
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