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hand-held computer

[¦hand‚held kəm′pyüd·ər]
(computer science)
A small, battery-powered mobile computer for personal or business use. Also known as palmtop, personal digital assistant (PDA).
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handheld computer

A computing device that can be easily held in one hand while the other hand is used to operate it. Smartphones are the handheld computers of the 21st century. See smartphone and palmtop.
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