Associations to the word «Handle»


HANDLE, noun. The part of an object which is (designed to be) 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.
HANDLE, noun. An instrument for effecting a purpose (either literally or figuratively); a tool.
HANDLE, noun. (gambling) The gross amount of wagering within a given period of time or for a given event at one of more establishments.
HANDLE, noun. (textiles) The tactile qualities of a fabric, e.g., softness, firmness, elasticity, fineness, resilience, and other qualities perceived by touch.
HANDLE, noun. (slang) A name, nickname or pseudonym.
HANDLE, noun. (computing) A reference to an object or structure that can be stored in a variable.
HANDLE, noun. (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.)
HANDLE, noun. (US) A half-gallon (1.75-liter) bottle of alcohol. (Called a sixty in Canada.)
HANDLE, noun. (geography) (Newfoundland and Labrador) (rare) A point, an extremity of land.
HANDLE, noun. (topology) A topological space homeomorphic to a ball but viewed as a product of two lower-dimensional balls.
HANDLE, verb. (transitive) To touch; to feel or hold with the hand(s).
HANDLE, verb. (transitive) (rare) To accustom to the hand; to take care of with the hands.
HANDLE, verb. (transitive) To manage, use, or wield with the hands.
HANDLE, verb. (transitive) To manage, control, or direct.
HANDLE, verb. (transitive) To treat, to deal with (in a specified way).
HANDLE, verb. (transitive) To deal with (a subject, argument, topic, or theme) in speaking, in writing, or in art.
HANDLE, verb. (transitive) To receive and transfer; to have pass through one's hands; hence, to buy and sell.
HANDLE, verb. (transitive) (rare) To be concerned with; to be an expert in.
HANDLE, verb. (transitive) To put up with; to endure (and continue to function).
HANDLE, verb. (intransitive) To use the hands.
HANDLE, verb. (intransitive) To behave in a particular way when handled (managed, controlled, directed).
HANDLE WITH KID GLOVES, verb. (idiomatic) To treat something very delicately or carefully.

Dictionary definition

HANDLE, noun. 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".
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".
HANDLE, verb. Interact in a certain way; "Do right by her"; "Treat him with caution, please"; "Handle the press reporters gently".
HANDLE, 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".
HANDLE, verb. Touch, lift, or hold with the hands; "Don't handle the merchandise".
HANDLE, verb. Handle effectively; "The burglar wielded an axe"; "The young violinist didn't manage her bow very well".
HANDLE, verb. Show and train; "The prize-winning poodle was handled by Mrs. Priscilla Prescott".

Wise words

The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of because words diminish your feelings - words shrink things that seem timeless when they are in your head to no more than living size when they are brought out.
Stephen King