I intend to describe something possible to be held by hand.

I want to use the word in this fragment:

Flat 3-dimensions and grabbable 2-dimensions.

I'm trying to express in my paper that the dimension seems to be reversed because of the dominance of smartphones. Basically, a plane cannot be held by our hand. But because we have become so familiar with LCD monitors - even more than external reality - I think we understand virtual reality as 'flat 3-dimension' and reality as 'grabbable plane'.

I've found words like 'holdable', 'grippable', 'grabbable' and 'graspable' but I'm not sure which one would be best.

  • Have you consulted a dictionary to examine the meanings of the adjectives you are considering? – Marv Mills May 22 '15 at 9:39
  • You can (in the 'are not forbidden by some notional Academie' sense) use any word. Or even any non-word. You claim that 'grabbable' is a word. But you offer no evidence to support this. You might check (under 'grab') in Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. // I'm not happy with your intended metaphorical usage; it confuses me rather than helps my understanding. – Edwin Ashworth May 22 '15 at 9:40
  • Are you really after 'concrete'? – Edwin Ashworth May 22 '15 at 9:48
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    I think that in the context you describe, 'grabbable' works just fine if you are implying that you can grab hold of a virtual plane and manipulate it, move it out of the way etc. – Erik Kowal May 22 '15 at 10:04
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    Are you trying to say that something virtual, untouchable appears to be real, as if you could touch it? Tangible might be a word that fits. – Lucky May 22 '15 at 10:24

I think you're looking for "handheld".


: designed to be used while being held in your hands

Merriam-Webster reference

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