Definition of handheld in English:



  • Designed to be held in the hand.

    ‘a handheld camera’
    • ‘And their colleagues in civil dress with hand-held metal detectors were also present.’
    • ‘Among other things, this means the films are shot using hand-held cameras and no props are used.’
    • ‘The first few items go on a magical speed, when Mangal Junior turns sticks into flowers, umbrellas and hand-held fans.’
    • ‘For instance, all these installations have frame metal detectors apart from hand-held metal detectors.’
    • ‘They said several detonations, probably rockets fired from hand-held launchers were also heard.’
    • ‘The study was conducted in Australia to estimate the crash risk in a jurisdiction where hand-held phone use is banned.’
    • ‘Paper models of computers and hand-held organizers have now become standard offering fare.’
    • ‘Security at the court was tight with hand-held metal detectors, and a second security check inside the building.’
    • ‘The intricate figurines that roll out of his sandalwood art when he opens one hand-held closet after another is beyond comparison.’
    • ‘Easy to use and learn, it works as a close-up, hand-held version of a harmonica.’
    • ‘Now with buckets and hand-held hoses to Council's regulations we are watering occasionally.’
    • ‘He shot Tigerland almost like a documentary, with hand-held cameras and no make-up.’
    • ‘You could use them in chisels, mixers, fans, and hand-held scalp massagers.’
    • ‘Grind the orange pulp, peel, and raisins together with a hand-held mixer until it resembles a paste.’
    • ‘More recently, it designed a version that doctors can access with hand-held devices.’
    • ‘In addition, ISRO has sent many hand-held satellite phones to the Andaman and Nicobar islands.’
    • ‘Clark says this move away from hand-held camera work effectively forces audiences to face the proverbial music.’
    • ‘A number of officers will also carry hand-held video cameras to gather intelligence.’
    • ‘Herzstark managed the company in 1930 and began work on his own design for a hand-held calculator.’
    • ‘I read recently film directors now believe hand-held cameras make for greater realism in films, particularly street locations.’


  • A small computer that can be used in the hand.

    ‘basic linguistic products such as phonetic spellcheckers were the first electronic handhelds’
    • ‘Not everyone is convinced that hand-helds are the next must-have machines.’
    • ‘More complex hand-helds can include detailed maps and slots for additional features available via the Internet.’
    • ‘Beware of the hype because no matter what you hear, no hand-held is comparable to a laptop.’
    • ‘This site offers the latest news, reviews, information and prices and discussion on hand-helds and smartphones of all kinds.’
    • ‘Palm, a PDA manufacturer, has installed three beaming stations in the sports complex so fans can download the latest Giants and visiting team statistics and roster to their hand-helds.’
    • ‘It was not a sudden softening in demand for hand-helds,’ said Needham & Co analyst Charles Wolf, who reiterated his ‘hold’ rating on Palm.’
    • ‘You can use standard wireless technology in hand-helds that have a huge capacity - they can have up to 250 megabytes now.’
    • ‘I'm happy to work smaller than that but I'm not about to try to squeeze it down to fit on a Palm hand-held.’
    • ‘CNET Shopper is the best place to visit when you are trying to find the best hand-helds to buy.’
    • ‘Much of his team's work is a form of humanitarian aid: cooperating with government agencies and the Red Cross, distributing notebook computers and hand-helds and setting up software without charge.’
    • ‘In the second quarter of the year, the European market for hand-helds grew only 26 per cent to 635,000 units, according to recent figures from the British research firm, Canalys.’
    • ‘While most desktop PCs have Macromedia's Flash player on-board, only a handful of hand-helds have the vector-graphics, player installed.’
    • ‘‘Our route salesmen have benefited from the implementation of new route accounting software complete with new hand-helds for the drivers,’ says Erickson.’
    • ‘Long before the BlackBerry and the PlayStation Portable, New Yorkers loved their hand-helds.’
    • ‘That company has specialized in a variety of PDA-type systems for applications ranging from industrial to assistive technology hand-helds.’
    • ‘Currently the hand-helds have better colour discrimination (as this technical description explains, Eye-Borg registers only hue) but require contact or near-contact with the coloured surface being registered.’
    • ‘Devices like Palm hand-helds confirm that technology is getting smaller and smarter at the same time.’
    • ‘There's probably no great need for it on larger PDAs and hand-helds whose screen size is great enough for cursoring and zooming to be acceptable - Lie reckons about 150-300 pixels is the cut-off point for where it makes sense.’