Definition of handhold in English:


Line breaks: hand|hold
Pronunciation: /ˈhandhəʊld


  • Something for a hand to grip on: 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.


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  • 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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    • The rule of thumb is never to hand-hold the camera at a shutter speed lower than your lens' focal length.
    • Pity I didn't bring a tripod: I've had to hand-hold the camera and use ISO 1600 so the photos are a little grainy.
    • If you have no choice but to handhold the camera, you can try a very fast ISO setting like 3200 or 6400 and see what kind of results you can get with shorter exposure times.
  • 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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    • They kick-started the sale process by appointing a consultant, who will handhold the party through the transaction.
    • We try and help and hand-hold where we can, but we don't have the dedicated resources to make this perfect.
    • I was very frustrated with her, because I had made 2-3 trips out to her shop to hand-hold her through the design of my floral arrangements.

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