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[hand-held] /ˈhændˌhɛld/
held in the hand or hands:
a hand-held torch.
small enough to be used or operated while being held in the hand or hands:
a hand-held 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 hand-held.
Also, handheld.
Origin of hand-held
1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for handheld
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  • It may be possible to incorporate early versions of e-paper into handheld devices within the next five years.
  • Your handheld has a limited amount of memory built-in.
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  • But what is really clever is that this wireless mesh-network then supports mobile devices, such as handheld computers and laptops.
  • It is also strong in handheld computers and some other consumer electronics items, such as digital cameras.
  • One of them is the fast-growing market for smart phones and other handheld devices, such as tablet computers.
  • Yes, troops in the field use their fair share of handheld gear, too.
British Dictionary definitions for handheld


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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