handle

handle

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English

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈhæn.dl/
  • 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.
    • South, Sermons:
      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.
    The daily handle of a Las Vegas casino is typically millions of dollars.
  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.
    The successful businessman was knighted and acquired a handle to his name.
  7. (computing) A reference to an object or structure that can be stored in a variable.
    This article describes how to find the module name from the window handle.
  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.
    the Handle of the Sug in Newfoundland
  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
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).
    • Spenser, Sonnets:
      Happy, ye leaves! when as those lilly hands [...] Shall handle you.
    • Luke 24:39:
      Handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh.
    • John Milton:
      [...] about his altar, handling holy things
    • 1995, Adele Pillitteri, Pocket Guide for Maternal & Child Health Nursing, page 63:
      Encourage the client to handle her breasts to grow accustomed to touching them, thus enabling milk production in the first few days after birth.
  2. (transitive, rare) To accustom to the hand; to take care of with the hands.
    • W. Temple:
      The hardness of the winters forces the breeders to house and handle their colts six months every year.
  3. (transitive) To manage, use, or wield with the hands.
    • Shakespeare, King Lear, IV-vi:
      That fellow handles his bow like a crowkeeper
    • 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.
    • Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, V-i:
      You shall see how I'll handle her
    • 2015, Nora Quick, Case of the Missing Millionaire:
      “You also handle the accounts for Julie Wojakowski, what about her? Any recent deposits in that amount?”
  5. (transitive) To treat, to deal with (in a specified way).
    • Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part I, I-iv:
      How wert thou handled being prisoner?
    she handled the news with grace, the Persians handled the French ambassador shamefully
  6. (transitive) To deal with (a subject, argument, topic, or theme) in speaking, in writing, or in art.
    • Francis Bacon:
      We will handle what persons are apt to envy others...
    • 1976, Krishna Chaitanya, A History of Indian Painting: The modern period, page 21:
      If traditional painting handled the same themes again and again, a truth which people are apt to overlook is that we often get startlingly different compositions of the same theme or episode.
  7. (transitive) To receive and transfer; to have pass through one's hands; hence, to buy and sell.
    a merchant handles a variety of goods, or a large stock
  8. (transitive, rare) To be concerned with; to be an expert in.
    • Jeremiah 2:8 (KJV):
      They that handle the law knew me not
  9. (transitive) To put up with; to endure (and continue to function).
    I can't handle this hot weather.
    • 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.
    • Psalm 115:7:
      They [idols made of gold and silver] have hands, but they handle not
  11. (intransitive) To behave in a particular way when handled (managed, controlled, directed).
    the car handles well
Synonyms
Derived terms
Related terms
  • hand
Translations

Anagrams

  • Dahlen

Alemannic German

Verb

handle

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

References

  • “handle” in 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. First-person singular present of handeln.
  2. Imperative singular of handeln.
  3. First-person singular subjunctive I of handeln.
  4. Third-person singular subjunctive I of handeln.

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Old Norse handla and German handeln

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/handle)

  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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