Definition of handhold in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhandˌhōld/


Something for a hand to grip: the rock is steep and there are few handholds
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  • I'd managed to scramble up to the crest on what was basically slate: handholds and footholds tended to detach themselves in small, take-home-and-keep pieces.
  • Going down had been easy, but with no handholds or footholds, coming up was proving to be much harder than I'd expected.
  • I forced myself up from the bed, gasping and gripping whatever handholds I could find.


(usually hand-hold) [with object]
1Hold (a camera) in the hand when taking a photograph or making a video recording, as opposed to using a tripod: we could hand-hold the camera at very slow shutter speeds with hardly any blur
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  • If you've ever tried to hand-hold an iPad for even a few minutes while recording video, you can imagine what a wonderful thing an effective iPad tripod mount can be.
  • The light-gathering capabilities of these latest generation of cameras allow using higher ISOs that negate camera shake to almost nothing and I very often handhold my 400.
  • I would expect the VR of the 800mm lens to be optimized for tripod use since it would be difficult to hand-hold such a long and heavy lens.
2Support or guide (someone) during a learning process or a period of change: if you ask a mentor how to register, he or she will hand-hold you through the procedure
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  • I can't believe I have to hand-hold you through this argument.
  • He hand-held them when they were taking baby steps in the industry.
  • I was relieved that showrunner Craig Silverstein trusted in the intelligence of the viewers and didn't attempt to hand-hold them through the story after the first few minutes.
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