Definitions for: Handle


[n] the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had
[v] deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression; "This book deals with incest"; "The course covered all of Western Civilization"; "The new book treats the history of China"
[v] touch, lift, or hold with the hands
[v] handle effectively; "The burglar wielded an axe"
[v] hold and move repeatedly
[v] be in charge of, act on, or dispose of; "I can deal with this crew of workers"; "This blender can't handle nuts"; "She managed her parents' affairs after they got too old"
[v] interact in a certain way; "Do right by her"; "Treat him with caution, please"; "Handle the press reporters gently"



Webster (1913) Definition: Han"dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Handled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Handling .] [OE. handlen, AS. handian; akin to D. handelen
to trade, G. handeln. See Hand.]
1. To touch; to feel with the hand; to use or hold with the
hand.

Handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh.
--Luke xxiv.
39.

About his altar, handling holy things. --Milton.

2. To manage in using, as a spade or a musket; to wield;
often, to manage skillfully.

That fellow handles his bow like a crowkeeper.
--Shak.

3. To accustom to the hand; to work upon, or take care of,
with the hands.

The hardness of the winters forces the breeders to
house and handle their colts six months every year.
--Sir W.
Temple.

4. To receive and transfer; to have pass through one's hands;
hence, to buy and sell; as, a merchant handles a variety
of goods, or a large stock.

5. To deal with; to make a business of.

They that handle the law knew me not. --Jer. ii. 8.

6. To treat; to use, well or ill.

How wert thou handled being prisoner. --Shak.

7. To manage; to control; to practice skill upon.

You shall see how I will handle her. --Shak.

8. To use or manage in writing or speaking; to treat, as a
theme, an argument, or an objection.

We will handle what persons are apt to envy others.
--Bacon.

To handle without gloves. See under Glove. [Colloq.]


Han"dle, v. i.
To use the hands.

They have hands, but they handle not. --Ps. cxv. 7.


Han"dle, n. [AS. handle. See Hand.]
1. That part of vessels, instruments, etc., which is held in
the hand when used or moved, as the haft of a sword, the
knob of a door, the bail of a kettle, etc.

2. That of which use is made; the instrument for effecting a
purpose; a tool. --South.

To give a handle, to furnish an occasion or means.

Synonyms: address, care, cover, deal, deal, do by, grip, handgrip, hold, manage, palm, plow, treat, treat, wield

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