handle
I. noun Etymology: Middle English handel, from Old English handle; akin to Old English hand Date: before 12th century 1. a part that is designed especially to be grasped by the hand 2. something that resembles a handle 3. a. title 8 b. name; also nickname 4. hand 11c 5. the total amount of money bet on a race, game, or event 6. a means of understanding or controlling <
can't quite get a handle on things
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handled adjectivehandleless adjective II. verb (handled; handling) Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to try or examine (as by touching, feeling, or moving) with the hand <
handle silk to judge its weight
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b. to manage with the hands <
handle a horse
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2. a. to deal with in writing or speaking or in the plastic arts b. to have overall responsibility for supervising or directing ; manage <
a lawyer handles all my affairs
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c. to train and act as second for (a boxer) d. to put up with ; stand <
can't handle the heat
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3. to act on or perform a required function with regard to <
handle the day's mail
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4. to engage in the buying, selling, or distributing of (a commodity) intransitive verb to act, behave, or respond in a certain way when handled or directed <
a car that handles well
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handleable adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • handle — vb 1 Handle, manipulate, wield, swing, ply are comparable when they mean to deal with or manage with or as if with the hands typically in an easy, skillful, or dexterous manner. Handle implies the acquirement of skill sufficient to accomplish one …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • handle — [han′dəl] n. [ME handil < OE handle (akin to Du handel) < hand, HAND] 1. that part of a utensil, tool, etc. which is to be held, turned, lifted, pulled, etc. with the hand 2. a thing like a handle in appearance or use 3. the total amount of …   English World dictionary

  • Handle — Han dle (h[a^]n d l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Handled} ( d ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Handling} ( dl[i^]ng).] [OE. handlen, AS. handlian; akin to D. handelen to trade, G. handeln. See {Hand}.] 1. To touch; to feel with the hand; to use or hold with the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Handle — may be:* Handle (grip), a grip attached to an object for using or moving the object * Handle (mathematics), a topological ball * Handle (computing), a particular kind of smart pointer Handle may also be:* Handle System, a system for uniquely… …   Wikipedia

  • handle — [n1] something to grip arm, bail, crank, ear, grasp, haft, handgrip, helve, hilt, hold, holder, knob, shaft, stem, stock, tiller; concepts 445,502,831 handle [n2] nickname appellation, byname, byword, cognomen, denomination, designation, moniker …   New thesaurus

  • Handle — 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. [1913 Webster] 2. That of which use is made;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • handle — ► VERB 1) feel or manipulate with the hands. 2) manage or cope with. 3) deal with. 4) control or manage commercially. 5) (handle oneself) conduct oneself. 6) (of a vehicle) respond in a specified way when being driven: the new model does not… …   English terms dictionary

  • Handle — Han dle (h[a^]n d l), v. i. To use the hands. [1913 Webster] They have hands, but they handle not. Ps. cxv. 7. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • handle — I (manage) verb administer, be master of, command, conduct, control, deal with, direct, dominate, execute, exercise authority, exercise direction over, exeicise power over, exert authority, govern, guide, have authority, have charge of, have the… …   Law dictionary

  • handle — An informal name for the portion of a security s price that is comprised of the numbers to the left of the decimal point, colon, or dash. For example, if a bond s price is 103.25, its handle is 103. Sometimes brokers and dealers only quote the… …   Financial and business terms

  • Handle — The whole dollar price of a bid or offer is referred to as the handle ( ie. if a security is quoted at 101.10 bid and 101.11 offered, 101 is the handle). Traders are assumed to know the handle. The New York Times Financial Glossary * * * handle… …   Financial and business terms

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