What does handle mean?

Definitions for handle
ˈhæn dlhan·dle

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word handle.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. handle, grip, handgrip, hold(verb)

    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 a good grip"

  2. manage, deal, care, handle(verb)

    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"

  3. treat, handle, do by(verb)

    interact in a certain way

    "Do right by her"; "Treat him with caution, please"; "Handle the press reporters gently"

  4. cover, treat, handle, plow, deal, address(verb)

    act on 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"

  5. handle, palm(verb)

    touch, lift, or hold with the hands

    "Don't handle the merchandise"

  6. wield, handle, manage(verb)

    handle effectively

    "The burglar wielded an axe"; "The young violinist didn't manage her bow very well"

  7. handle(verb)

    show and train

    "The prize-winning poodle was handled by Mrs. Priscilla Prescott"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Handle(verb)

    to touch; to feel with the hand; to use or hold with the hand

    Etymology: [OE. handlen, AS. handlian; akin to D. handelen to trade, G. handeln. See Hand.]

  2. Handle(verb)

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

    Etymology: [OE. handlen, AS. handlian; akin to D. handelen to trade, G. handeln. See Hand.]

  3. Handle(verb)

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

    Etymology: [OE. handlen, AS. handlian; akin to D. handelen to trade, G. handeln. See Hand.]

  4. Handle(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. handlen, AS. handlian; akin to D. handelen to trade, G. handeln. See Hand.]

  5. Handle(verb)

    to deal with; to make a business of

    Etymology: [OE. handlen, AS. handlian; akin to D. handelen to trade, G. handeln. See Hand.]

  6. Handle(verb)

    to treat; to use, well or ill

    Etymology: [OE. handlen, AS. handlian; akin to D. handelen to trade, G. handeln. See Hand.]

  7. Handle(verb)

    to manage; to control; to practice skill upon

    Etymology: [OE. handlen, AS. handlian; akin to D. handelen to trade, G. handeln. See Hand.]

  8. Handle(verb)

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

    Etymology: [OE. handlen, AS. handlian; akin to D. handelen to trade, G. handeln. See Hand.]

  9. Handle(verb)

    to use the hands

    Etymology: [OE. handlen, AS. handlian; akin to D. handelen to trade, G. handeln. See Hand.]

  10. Handle(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. handlen, AS. handlian; akin to D. handelen to trade, G. handeln. See Hand.]

  11. Handle(noun)

    that of which use is made; the instrument for effecting a purpose; a tool

    Etymology: [OE. handlen, AS. handlian; akin to D. handelen to trade, G. handeln. See Hand.]

Freebase

  1. Handle

    A handle is a part of, or attachment to, an object that can be moved or used by hand. The design of each type of handle involves substantial ergonomic issues, even where these are dealt with intuitively or by following tradition. Handles for tools are an important part of their function, enabling the user to exploit the tools to maximum effect.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Handle

    hand′l, v.t. to touch, hold, or use with the hand: to make familiar by frequent touching: to manage: to discuss: to practise: to trade or do business in.—v.i. to use the hands.—n. that part of anything held in the hand: (fig.) that of which use is made: a tool: occasion, opportunity, pretext.—ns. Hand′ler, a person skilful in any special kind of manipulation; Hand′ling, the touching or managing with the hand: action: manner of touch.--A handle to the name, an adjunct of honour, as 'Dr,' 'Col.,' &c.; Give a handle, to furnish an occasion to. [A.S. handlianhand, a hand.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. handle

    1. [from CB slang] An electronic pseudonym; a nom de guerre intended to conceal the user's true identity. Network and BBS handles function as the same sort of simultaneous concealment and display one finds on Citizen's Band radio, from which the term was adopted. Use of grandiose handles is characteristic of warez d00dz, crackers, weenies, spods, and other lower forms of network life; true hackers travel on their own reputations rather than invented legendry. Compare nick, screen name. 2. A magic cookie, often in the form of a numeric index into some array somewhere, through which you can manipulate an object like a file or window. The form file handle is especially common. 3. [Mac] A pointer to a pointer to dynamically-allocated memory; the extra level of indirection allows on-the-fly memory compaction (to cut down on fragmentation) or aging out of unused resources, with minimal impact on the (possibly multiple) parts of the larger program containing references to the allocated memory. Compare snap (to snap a handle would defeat its purpose); see also aliasing bug, dangling pointer.

CrunchBase

  1. Handle

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Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. handle

    The title prefixed to a person's name.--To handle a ship well, is to work her in a seamanlike manner.

Editors Contribution

  1. handle

    A type of product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    There are various handles created for various purposes.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 29, 2020  
  2. handle

    To manage effectively.

    We knew we could handle anything.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 1, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'handle' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3795

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'handle' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3036

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'handle' in Nouns Frequency: #2156

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'handle' in Verbs Frequency: #351

How to pronounce handle?

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How to say handle in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of handle in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of handle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of handle in a Sentence

  1. William Barber:

    The family can handle if it was a suicide, it could also be a lynching.

  2. Thomson Reuters I/B/E:

    You can take out capacity very quickly, but it's normally difficult to handle a sudden influx of demand.

  3. Shao Tong:

    I didn't see Li Xiangnan, i was not allowed to and I didn't want to. Seeing him would have been too much to handle.

  4. Anthony Fauci:

    When it does, how we handle it, will determine our fate.

  5. Jeffree Star:

    I don't want anyone that is inspired by me to think that gossip, hate and negativity is how you get popular. It's not respectable at all and I've had to learn the hard way, i want you guys to know I am not who I used to be and I haven't been for a while. I will never handle a situation like this again.

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Translations for handle

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  • مقبض, مقبArabic
  • тотҡа, һапBashkir
  • maneta, tirador, nansa, mànecCatalan, Valencian
  • rukojeť, držadloCzech
  • håndtagDanish
  • GriffGerman
  • λαβή, χειρολαβή, χερούλι, παρανόμι, ψευδώνυμοGreek
  • manilla, asa, instrumento, mango, manija, tiradorSpanish
  • دسته, رسیدگیPersian
  • tunnustella, [[käydä]] [[kauppa]]a, kohdella, käsitellä, otin, väline, vaihto, kädensija, kahva, [[käyttää]] [[käsi, hoitaa, kosketella, lempinimiFinnish
  • manœuvrer, paris, manette, brancard, anse, châsse, mancheron, barre de manœuvre, pencher, indicateur, poignée, manipuler, traiter, manier, levier, manchon, gérer, tâter, outil, tirette, manche, instrument, indicatif, pseudonymeFrench
  • lámhIrish
  • cas, cluas, làmhScottish Gaelic
  • טיפלHebrew
  • fül, markolat, nyél, fogóHungarian
  • mancheto, manchoIdo
  • manico, impugnaturaItalian
  • ハンドルJapanese
  • სახელურიGeorgian
  • kāts, spalsLatvian
  • kakau, kawau, puritanga, taukaweMāori
  • држач, ракува, напипува, раководи, врачува, нафаќа, рачка, дршкаMacedonian
  • pemegangMalay
  • håndtereNorwegian
  • aanraken, aanpakken, behandelen, omgaan met, handvat, omgaan, hanteren, handgreep, in de hand houden, gebruiken, onder handen nemen, zich bezighouden met, heft, betasten, houden, bedienen, hengselDutch
  • handtereNorwegian Nynorsk
  • håndtak, klare, hendelNorwegian
  • uchwyt, rączka, gałka, klamkaPolish
  • cabo, maçanetaPortuguese
  • mânerRomanian
  • ручка, рукояткаRussian
  • držalo, držač, rukovati, drška, ručkaSerbo-Croatian
  • handtag, behandla, handskas medSwedish
  • сапTatar
  • оброблятиUkrainian

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