from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A grip of or by the hand.
  • n. Something that one can hold onto for support.

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  • n. A projection that one may hold onto for support

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Hold or grasp with the hand. Compare foothold, 1.
  • n. The handle of an anglers' rod, formed by that part of the butt which is just above the reel: it is often wrapped with velvet, ratan, or cord.
  • n. In car-building, an iron bar firmly fixed to the side or end of a freight-car to assist trainmen in boarding it; a grab-iron.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an appendage to hold onto


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  • I suppose we shouldn't leave out 'handhold' as another.

    The Indignity of Commuting by Bicycle: Being On the Lookout

  • Length are 24 inch plus a little as a "handhold" for better handling at the start and at the end.

    Finally finished!

  • She threw her arms out and fought to find any kind of handhold she could, but it was no use.

    State of the Union

  • I've always felt that this was just a little bit too late - by the time June rolls around, you're competing with literally millions of recent grads, all frantic to find some kind of handhold in this thing called "real life".

    Stepcase Lifehack

  • Occasionally a toehold or handhold crumbled beneath him, the loose rock falling and bouncing and tumbling down the slope.

    Gideon’s war

  • He charged upward, from handhold to foothold, his legs shaking violently from the buildup of lactic acid.

    Gideon’s war

  • My hands plunged under the water, fingers searching for a secure handhold.

    Manifesting Michelangelo

  • He came to believe that working people, poor people, put down and stepped upon, had to organize if they were going to clean up the slums, fight the corruption that exploited them, and get a handhold on the first rung of the ladder up and out.

    Bill Moyers: Saul Alinsky, Who?

  • There is one actual handhold that's not a palm on the whole route.

    ain't no rest for the wicked, until we close our eyes at last

  • I molded my foot around it and pushed up, scrambling for and finding another handhold farther up the rock face.

    Forever Lost


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