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Old English handlen, Anglo Saxon handian; akin to Dutch handelen to trade, German handeln. See hand





handle ({{{1}}})
  1. A part of an object 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; an instrument for effecting a purpose; a tool.
  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. (topology) A topological space homeomorphic to a ball but viewed as a product of two lower-dimensional balls.
  5. (slang) A nickname or pseudonym.
  6. (Australia, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A 10 fl oz (285 ml) glass of beer in the Northern Territory. See also pot, middy for other regional variations.
  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.

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to handle

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to handle (third-person singular simple present handles, present participle handling, simple past and past participle handled)
  1. (intransitive) To use the hands.
    • They have hands, but they handle not - Psalm 115:7
  2. To touch; to feel with the hand.
    • Handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh - Luke 24:39
  3. To use or hold with the hand.
    • About his altar, handling holy things - Milton
  4. To manage in using, as a spade or a musket; to wield; often, to manage skillfully.
    • That fellow handles his bow like a crowkeeper - Shakespeare, King Lear, IV-vi
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. To deal with; to make a business of.
    • They that handle the law knew me not - Jeremiah, 2:8
  8. To treat; to use, well or ill.
    • How wert thou handled being prisoner - Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part I, I-iv
  9. To manage; to control; to practice skill upon.
    • You shall see how I'll handle her - Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, V-i
  10. 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


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