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(Usually) A microphone designed to be operated while held in a persons hand. A handheld microphone is designed to be held close to the sound source (mouth) as opposed to suspended, boundary, lapel, or boom microphones. Specifically in wireless microphones, the type of transmitter where the microphone capsule is directly attached to the transmitter (no cable) and the transmitter is designed to be carried in the hand.

Source: Church Audio & Acoustics Glossary

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