handle

handle

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English

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈhæn.dl̩/
  • Hyphenation: han‧dle
  • Rhymes: -ændəl

Etymology 1

From Middle English handel, handle, from Old English handle (a handle), from handlian (to handle, feel, deal with, discuss). See verb below. Cognate with Danish handel (a handle).

Noun

handle (plural handles)

  1. The part of an object which is (designed to be) held in the hand when used or moved.
  2. An instrument for effecting a purpose (either literally or figuratively); a tool, or an opportunity or pretext.
    • They overturned him to all his interests by the sure but fatal handle of his own good nature.
  3. (gambling) The gross amount of wagering within a given period of time or for a given event at one of more establishments.
  4. (textiles) The tactile qualities of a fabric, e.g., softness, firmness, elasticity, fineness, resilience, and other qualities perceived by touch.
  5. (slang) A name, nickname or pseudonym.
  6. (slang) A title attached to one's name, such as Doctor or Colonel.
  7. (computing) A reference to an object or structure that can be stored in a variable.
  8. (Australia, New Zealand) A 10 fl oz (285 ml) glass of beer in the Northern Territory. (See also pot and middy for other regional variations.)
  9. (US) A half-gallon (1.75-liter) bottle of alcohol. (Called a sixty in Canada.)
    • 2014, Ray Stoeser, Josh Cuffe, Bury My Body Down By the Highway Side, page 83:
      Josh bought a fifth of Evan Williams for Andrew as a token of gratitude and Ray, because of the financial constraints, purchased the cheapest handle of whiskey he could find: Heaven Hill.
  10. (geography, Newfoundland and Labrador, rare) A point, an extremity of land.
  11. (topology) A topological space homeomorphic to a ball but viewed as a product of two lower-dimensional balls.
  12. (algebraic geometry) The smooth, irreducible subcurve of a comb which connects to each of the other components in exactly one point.
Hyponyms
  • (part of an object held in the hand when used or moved): bail (bucket, kettle, pitcher), haft (tool, weapon), hilt (sword), knob, stail (tool), stilt (plough)
Derived terms
Related terms
  • give a handle
Descendants
  • Japanese: ハンドル (handoru)
Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle English handlen, from Old English handlian (to handle, feel, deal with, discuss), from Proto-Germanic *handlōną (to take, grip, feel), equivalent to hand +‎ -le. Cognate with West Frisian hanneljen, hanljen (to handle, treat), Dutch handelen (to handle, deal, act, negotiate), German handeln (to act, trade, negotiate, behave), Swedish handla (to buy, trade, deal), Icelandic höndla (to handle).

Verb

handle (third-person singular simple present handles, present participle handling, simple past and past participle handled)

  1. (transitive) To touch; to feel or hold with the hand(s).
    • Happy, ye leaves! when as those lilly hands [...] Shall handle you.
    • Handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh.
  2. (transitive, rare) To accustom to the hand; to take care of with the hands.
    • 1679, William Temple, An essay upon the advancement of trade in Ireland.
      The hardness of the winters forces the breeders to house and handle their colts for at least six months every year.
  3. (transitive) To manage, use, or wield with the hands.
    • 1976, Mel Hallin Bolster, Crazy Snake and the Smoked Meat Rebellion, page 66
      Light on his feet for a big man, he handled the rifle like a pistol.
  4. (transitive) To manage, control, or direct.
  5. (transitive) To treat, to deal with (in a specified way).
  6. (transitive) To deal with (a subject, argument, topic, or theme) in speaking, in writing, or in art.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Envy
      We will handle what persons are apt to envy others...
  7. (transitive) To receive and transfer; to have pass through one's hands; hence, to buy and sell.
  8. (transitive, rare) To be concerned with; to be an expert in.
  9. (transitive) To put up with; to endure (and continue to function).
    • 2014, Andrew Stellman, Jennifer Greene, Learning Agile: Understanding Scrum, XP, Lean, and Kanban →ISBN:
      For example, a program that loads data from a file needs to handle the case where that file is not found.
  10. (intransitive) To use the hands.
    • They [idols made of gold and silver] have hands, but they handle not
  11. (soccer, intransitive) To illegally touch the ball with the hand or arm; to commit handball.
  12. (intransitive) To behave in a particular way when handled (managed, controlled, directed).
Synonyms
Derived terms
Related terms
  • hand
Translations

Anagrams

  • Dahlen, Handel

Alemannic German

Verb

handle

  1. (Uri) to stroke the teats of a dairy cow until they fill with milk

References

  • Abegg, Emil, (1911) Die Mundart von Urseren (Beiträge zur Schweizerdeutschen Grammatik. IV.) [The Dialect of Urseren], Frauenfeld, Switzerland: Huber & Co.

Danish

Etymology

From Old Norse handla, hǫndla, from hǫnd (hand). In the sense trade influenced by from Middle Low German handelen and German handeln.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /hanlə/, [ˈhanlə]

Verb

handle (imperative handl, infinitive at handle, present tense handler, past tense handlede, perfect tense har handlet)

  1. act (to do something)
  2. trade, shop

German

Verb

handle

  1. inflection of handeln:
    1. first-person singular present
    2. singular imperative
    3. first/third-person singular subjunctive I

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Old Norse handla and German handeln

Pronunciation

Verb

handle (imperative handl or handle, present tense handler, passive handles, simple past and past participle handla or handlet, present participle handlende)

  1. to act (do something)
  2. to deal, trade, to do business
  3. to shop (visit shops)

Derived terms

  • forhandle
  • handletur
  • handling

References

  • “handle” in The Bokmål Dictionary.

Norwegian Nynorsk

Alternative forms

  • handla

Etymology

From Old Norse handla and German handeln

Verb

handle (present tense handlar, past tense handla, past participle handla, passive infinitive handlast, present participle handlande, imperative handl)

  1. to act (do something)
  2. to deal, trade, to do business
  3. to shop (visit shops)

Derived terms

  • forhandle
  • handletur
  • handling

References

  • “handle” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.

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